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    • CommentAuthorsinnerboy
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2011 edited
     
    from http://www.easca.ie/ - if any of you are in the fair city next week

    "With the popularity of the Passivhaus standard and the arrival in December of the more onerous Part L 2011 regulations, Ultra low energy building has finally gone mainstream. Building solutions which focus on a 'fabric first approach' result in minimised energy demand, but; we ask this month, does it result in a simpler and cheaper heating and hot water system. The answer seems to be No. This open group discussion, will explore the varios options for heating a low energy, A1 or Passivhaus build or renovation will be hosted by expert mechanical engineers, plumbers and passivhaus architects, who will each promote the merits of a particular heating solution. We will use the case study of a detached new build built to 'Near Passive' (SSHD18kWh/m2.a, HL 12kW/m2) with a boiler sized as 8kW for space heat and hot water for the coldest day of January 2011 and discuss the following solutions.
    60 to 80 tube Vacuum tube solar, 1000L Thermal store, 15kW condensing gas/LPG boiler, underfloor downstairs towel rails upstairs distribution. optional solid fuel stove with back boiler, power showers. MHRV
    10kW Air to water Inverter airpump, 350l cylinder, 400l buffer tank, underfloor distribution. MHRV
    Compact air scource Heat pump with in-line duct heater batteries and supplimentary bag fed pellet stove.
    Interseasonal Storage, utilising stored summer solar storage in water, masonery or PCM stores.
    Passivhaus with Solar panels, electric immersion and plug in electric heater."

    If not in Dublin then

    "The discussion is open to the public and we be similtainiously web cast in an interactive on line virtual seminar.
    Registration for webcast at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/green-building-user-group For further information contact coordinator@easca.ie"
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      CommentAuthorDamonHD
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2011
     
    Those won't be UK part L regs being tightened in December, I guess, since that already just happened. So Ireland only in this case?

    Rgds

    Damon
    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2011
     
    I don't think there is such a thing as UK part L regs. Scottish and Welsh regs are different from those in England. (Not sure about NI). AIUI, Ireland follows English regulations so I'd speculate that there's a delay to rubber stamp changes, but not sure.
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      CommentAuthorDamonHD
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2011
     
    Fair enough!

    Rgds

    Damon
    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2011
     
    Actually, now I think about it I'm not sure about Welsh building regs being different from English. Scottish are and Welsh planning rules (e.g., permitted development) are but Welsh building regs...? Anybody?
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      CommentAuthorted
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2011
     
    Wales will get control of its own Building Regs from 31st December 2011.
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2011
     
    Consequently Wales was promising CSH6 by 2013 (vs 2016 England, 2011 Eire) but I notice no one mentions those 'aspirations' any more.
    • CommentAuthorDarylP
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2011
     
    CfSH is mandatory in Wales, Level 3, with 4 for 'state funded' developments.

    Makes for some interesting discussions with 'behind the curve' Architects.... :confused:

    Cheers...:smile:
    • CommentAuthorborpin
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2011
     
    Does anyone know what the Scottish Govenment's position on this is? Had a poke around but as soon as you include 'building' it is like buzz word bingo!
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