‘I’d like to thank the academy….’

‘I’d like to thank the academy….’

Pictured at the announcement (l-r): Alex White TD, Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources; Brian Dolan, Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Ireland and Claude Imauven, Saint-Gobain Senior Vice President of Construction Products Sector. The Irish construction industry has received a major boost with the announcement that Saint-Gobain is to set up a construction skills academy that […]

Pick and mix

Pick and mix

Self-builders around the world are creating energy-efficient homes to ensure low running costs. In Ireland, a voluntary certification benchmark that’s often followed to achieve this is Passivhaus, which Maija Tweeddale and Diarmaid O’Reilly of Co Wicklow strongly considered. However, due to cost they instead decided to adopt a ‘pick and mix’ policy suited to themselves, […]

Rammed earth

Rammed earth

Building with earth isn’t just for hot countries; in fact in Ireland building with cob used to be commonplace and in eco-circles, it’s certainly made a comeback. But there are other earth building alternatives, including rammed earth… Earth when used as a building material is fireproof, contributes to the regulation of the indoor environment (temperature […]

Lifecycle series: Lime

Lifecycle series: Lime

Arguably Ireland’s oldest manufactured building material, lime is a very beneficial product to use on any building project but has yet to make a comeback to mainstream building… Characteristics There are many benefits to lime, the main one being that it is exceptionally well suited to dealing with damp environments. No wonder our ancestors used […]