Passive House and Energy Efficient Building Trade Mission from April 12-15

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15.04.2016 | 09:00 AM
- 04:00 PM
Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

From the 12th to the 15th of April 2016, the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce brought together German and Irish expertise in the vibrant sector of Passive House and Energy Efficient Building.

German Language Market Study: Passive House & Energy Efficient Building in Ireland

One Page German Company Profiles

Irish Examiner article on The German-Irish Passive House & Energy Efficient Building Conference

The timely conference, at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire, marked the beginning of a week-long trade mission of innovative German companies who highlight technology solutions for Ireland’s building stock and new build market. More than 80 delegates attended the conference and over 30 meetings with high-profile participants of public and private organisations were organised over the course of the week.

The conference featured expert talks, as well as interactive presentations by visiting German companies; DGT Anlagen und Systeme GmbH provide flexible gas filling technologies for energy efficient windows, eco2heat GmbH specialise in healthy and efficient heating using infrared heaters, ETU Software GmbH develop software solutions and simulation technologies for renewable energy systems for buildings, ELESTA building automation provide innovative solutions for building management and automation, including building automatisation systems, Lunos Ventilation expert in heat recovery and ventilation solutions for residential buildings, Multibeton GmbH develop and install innovative under floor heating and cooling systems, and PRINZ Deutschland GmbH offer various tools for retrofitting Ireland’s existing building stock, such as damp proofing technology, saws and materials.

Amina Lang of the German Passivhaus Institut informed the conference attendees about how 25 years of worth built and monitored evidence of the passive house standard makes it an ideal foundation for the nearly zero energy buildings target. Exploring new technologies and solutions for energy efficient buildings, such as the passive house, is very important when it comes to the topic of sustainability, low energy for space heating and cooling. "Given its 30 year history of evidence-based scientific development, the Passive House standard has the potential to greatly facilitate Ireland in meeting its carbon emissions targets by providing a well proven platform through which to deliver Near Zero Energy Buildings", says Dr Shane Colclough, Chairman of the Passive House Association Ireland, who spoke about the Passive House in Ireland. Dirk Kalusa, Consultant on behalf of the German Energy Solutions Initiative by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, echoed these sentiments in looking at the long term aims of Germany’s “Energiewende”, which has been termed “Germany’s man on the moon project” by Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Irish experts also included Joseph Little of the School of Architecture DIT and Frank Cooney, former member of the RIAI Sustainability Task Force who assessed the opportunities and challenges being faced when retrofitting Ireland’s existing building stock. Frank Cooney did so through showcasing a project that saw him achieve a B2 energy rating after deep retrofitting a historic building. Joseph Little looked at the larger picture, with a thorough analysis of the technologies and the policies required to carry out large scale retro-fitting projects. Marc Ó’Riain, while also looking at retrofitting, also considered energy efficiency standards in new builds. Specifically, he focused on the potential changes to the Building Regulations Part L 2017 and how these changes could impact building practice in Ireland. In terms of the implementation of new standards, Merten Welsch, Architect with the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development offered some insights and experiences from Germany when bringing new standards into practice.

Jeff Colley, Editor of Passive House Plus gave a background to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown’s Development Plan 2016-2022 and the impact it will have on Ireland’s construction industry. He focused on the importance of implementing energy efficient standards in the both the private and commercial buildings sector. An overall national strategy of sustainable building is necessary, including legal regulations, planning instruments, public database and calculation tools as well as education courses, subsidies and best practice projects. German-Irish co-operation can be one way to achieve this.

“We in the German-Irish Chamber emphasize that both Ireland and Germany can profit through working together and exchanging knowledge. This kind of mutually beneficial co-operation is exactly what the Passive House and Energy Efficient Building Conference and Trade Mission were about”, explains Iwer Baecker, President of the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce and MD of Bayer Ireland Ltd.

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The presentations of the German Companies, as well as those of the German and Irish Experts can be found below:

DGT Anlagen und Systeme GmbH; Flexible Gas Filling Technologies for Energy Efficient Windows; production and testing of insulating glass, Mr. Heinz Drobe

eco2heat GmbH; healthy and efficient heat using Infrared Heaters; heating technologies, Mr. Matthias Rodamer

ELESTA building automation; innovative solutions for building management and automation; Building automatisation, Mr. Torsten Szypulski

ETU Software GmbH; Simulation of renewable energy systems for buildings; Software solutions, Mr. Robert Vogelzang

LUNOS Ventilation; heat recovery solutions for residential buildings; Ventilation, Mr. Andreas Lehmann

Multibeton GmbH; innovative under floor heating and cooling; under floor heating, Mr. Werner Regh

PRINZ Deutschland GmbH; Tools to retrofit Ireland’s existing building stock; saws and materials, Mr. Sören Hoffmann

Energy Efficiency in Germany at a Glance; Dirk Kalusa, Consultant on behalf of the Energy Efficiency Export Initiative of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Passive House: a solution for sustainable and energy efficient building; Mrs. Amina Lang, Passive House Institute Germany

A Case Study of a Conservation Led, Energy Retrofit of an Historic Building; Frank Cooney, RIAI Sustainability Task Force

Exploring the challenges of retrofitting Dublin’s housing on a large scale to NZEB Standard; Joseph Little, Assistant Head of School, Dublin School of Architecture, DIT

The Passive House and Ireland; Shane Colclough, Chair of Passive House Association Ireland

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown's passive house policy explained: origins & opportunity; Jeff Colley, Editor of Passive House Plus

Sustainable and Energy Efficient Building in Germany – New standards for federal buildings; Merten Welsch, Dipl.-Ing. Architect with the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development

Part L 2017, turning 40 years of building energy conservation on its head; Marc Ó’Riain, President of the Institute of Designers in Ireland

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact:

Felix Hellfeier
Project Manager
Tel: 00353-(0)1 6424 330
E-Mail: felix.hellfeier(at)

The trade mission is being run by the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce in the framework of the Energy Efficency of the Federal German Ministry for Economics and Energy.