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July 2014

Assigned Certifier, Part L, and Air permeability pressure tests in non-domestic buildings

By | July 2nd, 2014|Uncategorized|

Introduction by Paul McNally Architect The following advice comes from Paul Overy, of Overy Associates in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary with whom I have collaborated on several low energy and passive projects. Overy Associates provide expert [...]

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June 2014

PassivHaus Pharmacy site visit

By | June 16th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Site visit announced! In association with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, Éasca and the Passive House Association of Ireland I am delighted to announce an upcoming site visit. This will be a tour [...]

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March 2014

Passive House Pharmacy latest site news

By | March 10th, 2014|Pharmacy site progress|

Time lapse video of work so far.. Passive House Pharmacy continues on site   Site Inspection 23rd August 2014 We are dealing with snag items in the pharmacy and the apartment is about 4 days from completion. [...]

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February 2014

New Building Control Regulations

By | February 27th, 2014|Uncategorized|

New Building Control Regulations come into force March 1st 2014. The following is from a client guidance document produced by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland to explain the impact of the new legislation [...]

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PassivHaus Pharmacy progress

By | February 11th, 2014|Pharmacy site progress|

Passive House Pharmacy continues on site  Site Inspection 21st February 2014 It's a very cold February to be standing around on site looking at details for two hours, but site inspections have to be one [...]

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The Living Building Challenge presentation

By | February 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|

The Living Building Challenge – Case Studies from the Ecovillage in Cloughjordan Paul McNally will be one of the presenters on The Living Building Challenge case studies from Cloughjordan. I will be showing delegates around [...]

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New Build House Budget estimator

By | February 5th, 2014|Uncategorized|

New Build House Budget estimator Version 2.0! I have revised these costs following discussions with a reputable passive house contractor as of October 2014. The costs are dramatically lower than I had previously been reporting. [...]

January 2014

‘I’ve got a friend who built a 2,500 sqft house for €180,000….’

By | January 29th, 2014|Advice for Clients|

'I've got a friend who built a 2,500 sqft house for €180,000....' Foreword; Sorry if the tone of this post is harsh, but sometimes trying to find the right clients can be very frustrating... Really [...]

1916 Centenary Chapel at Glasnevin Cemetry Entry

By | January 28th, 2014|Uncategorized|

COMPETITION ENTRY BY PAUL MCNALLY ARCHITECTURE This is my entry for the competition. Architectural thesis The building consists of two forms which intersect. The outer volume of the 'gathering space' is extrovert in nature, raised [...]

1916 Centenary Chapel at Glasnevin Cemetry Winners Announced

By | January 28th, 2014|Uncategorized|

1916 CENTENARY CHAPEL AT GLASNEVIN CEMETERY Please see below announcement from the RIAI of the winners of the architectural design competition. Congratulations to those awarded and I look forward to attending the exhibition. See my [...]

Passive House Pharmacy Construction Update – Cavity wall details

By | January 13th, 2014|Pharmacy site progress|

Passive House cavity wall construction The passive house pharmacy and apartment building is beginning to take shape! Since I last reported the precast concrete floor slabs have arrived and external cavity wall construction has started. [...]

PassivHaus Pharmacy proceeds on site

By | January 7th, 2014|Pharmacy site progress|

Environmental credentials Some information on the carbon footprint of the project. The building for cost and construction reasons is steel frame with concrete blockwork walls. The blocks we are using have a reduced carbon footprint [...]

November 2013

Hayfield Energy Upgrade

By | November 13th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Energy Upgrade to Ballincollig home This fine house was constructed in 2004. The clients found the house impossible to heat with winter heating cost at several hundred Euro bi-monthly. With the boiler running almost constantly, [...]

October 2013

News! Passive House Pharmacy continues on site!

By | October 21st, 2013|news, Pharmacy site progress|

Week Five Its hard to believe we are 5 weeks into a 51 week program. Foundation and demolition are ongoing. We have had to change to a sleeveless pile given the gravelly ground conditions and [...]

How to Hire an Environmental Architect

By | October 2nd, 2013|Uncategorized|

How to hire an Environmental Architect This is based on a presentation I have prepared to give to people at their place of work during lunchtime. These people by nature of the business, were particularly [...]

July 2013

How hiring this architect works

By | July 23rd, 2013|Uncategorized|

How I approach starting the client/architect relationship Following in the footsteps architectural blog-guru Mark Stephens, I am going to take some time to tell you how I go about working with first-time clients to get [...]

Environmental Accreditation Awarded

By | July 18th, 2013|Uncategorized|

RIAI Environmental CPD Accreditation As of today I am accredited in 'Environmental' services by the RIAI having completed the required learning in this area. I recently completed Joe LIttle's RIAI Building Fabric Design Course and [...]

How warm is your hotel room?

By | July 8th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Why are hotel bedrooms so hot? As an eco-architect it is a source of immense frustration when on the rare occasions that we get to stay in a top class hotel, everything is perfect down [...]

We are the Pioneers…

By | July 2nd, 2013|Uncategorized|

We are the pioneers.. No drugs were used in the inspiration for this piece and alcohol had yet to be consumed! I was lucky enough to spend a night in Killarney on the shores of [...]

May 2013

New PSDP accreditation mark issued

By | May 10th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP) Paul McNally is an accredited PSDP having completed the required training to act in this capacity. This is an additional service to the role of architect, the main function being [...]