Major Passive House conference to unlock energy efficiencies in Enniskillen

Major Passive House conference to unlock energy efficiencies in Enniskillen
September, 2015
A radical approach to construction that can slash home heating costs by up to 90 percent will be the focus of a major event in Enniskillen on Thursday 24th September.
The “See the Light” conference is organised by Crest Centre and the Passive House Association of Ireland and will bring a host of international sustainability experts to the CREST Passive Pavilion, one of few non-domestic buildings that has been designed to meet the Passive House standard.  It is the first time the PHAI will hold a major conference outside Dublin.
Started in Germany, the Passive House concept focuses on creating draft-proof and highly insulated environments that dramatically reduce energy use to the point where normal heating systems become redundant. The revolutionary system has been pioneered across Europe with forward-looking authorities in Brussels adopting the Passive House standard for all new buildings. Earlier this year, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Council in Dublin became the first area in Ireland to propose the same.
Tim Stokes CREST Manager said:
“Hosting an event of this calibre is an important win for us and gives us an opportunity to demonstrate the innovative approach we’ve taken to meet the Passive House standards in our own Passive Pavilion. CREST at South West College has been driving forward mainstreaming of the standard in Northern Ireland offering Passive House Designer and Tradesperson courses and facilitating technical events to build knowledge of the concept and relevant skills.
“In a short period of time, we’ve established the Centre as a significant player in the field of Passive House construction in the region. We know that construction firms are being challenged to adapt to legislative changes and increasing demands for higher levels of energy efficiency and standards of workmanship from customers.  We’re providing a direct way for them to capitalise on the latest innovations and secure an advantage in a highly competitive market. ”
Willie Moffitt, director Moffitt and Robinson Construction Ltd, constructed Northern Ireland’s first Passive House in Omagh in 2012 and will address the conference. He said:
 “Imagine you were offered a car for very little additional outlay which would do 8-9 times the miles-per-gallon than that which you were driving and would last you the rest of your life. Not to mention superior indoor air quality and comfortable to use. Would you not jump at this opportunity? Why not apply the same principle to your home, where you may spend most of the rest of your life?”
Malachy McAleer, South West College’s director said:
“This conference represents a major coup for South West College. We’ve been helping to bring innovative sustainable technologies to Northern Ireland for a number of years now, through the work that our innovation centres do with industry. Our latest centre, CREST, is leading the way in bringing Passive House concepts to the region.”
The conference will have a distinctly international and cross-border flavour with speakers originating from the Netherlands, UK, Ireland and Germany. Northern Ireland based speakers will include Willie Moffitt and Paul McAlister. The main themes covered will include passive house policy developments across the island of Ireland, new build case studies and the challenges of retrofitting the existing housing stock to very high levels of energy efficiency required by the Passive House standard.
The main conference sponsor is Kingspan Insulation a leading manufacturer of premium and high performance insulation products and insulated systems for building fabric and building services applications.
Alan Macklin, Technical Manager at Kingspan, said:
“Our products are the perfect fit within a Passive House design. We have developed a wide range of products which are specifically designed for a fabric first approach, the fundamental principle on which the Passive House standard is based. They are uniquely engineered for a number of applications and are manufactured to the highest quality. The Passive House approach is the best combination of energy efficiency and occupancy comfort, ideal for the Irish and Northern Irish environment. ”
Programme activities include a free Passive House introductory event for those who currently have little knowledge of the concept but are interested to learn more with a “frequently asked questions” session on the Passive House standard.  
To find out more or to register your place, call CREST on 028 6634 2301.