Services designer required for EnerPHit project

Services designer required for EnerPHit project I am looking for expressions of interest from consultants who would like to act as Services Designer for our EnerPHit extension and refurbishment project in Glasheen, Cork. The project information is shown here. We have...

10 Years in Practice

On the 1st of November I am celebrating 10 years in practice as a self-employed architect. Those years have been good to me, and I hope I have been good to my clients and the public who use some of the projects I worked on. I am already looking forward to the next ten...

Thermal Bridge assessment for Part L compliance

Thermal Bridge assessment for Part L compliance It seems a shame that due to restriction of competence to calculate thermal bridges for Part L compliance to only registered assessors, that it is very unlikely that these calculations will be carried out at all. There...

Why an architect should never work for free..

This blog is aimed at other practicioners rather than potential clients. But clients may find it interesting also. I have spent a lot of time in the last year or so researching and educating myself a little about the business of architecture. Those of you interested...

PassivHaus Pharmacy site visit

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 of the project one week before the client opens for...

Passive House Pharmacy latest site news

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.   Site Inspection 8th August 2014 The pharmacy is open for...

New Building Control Regulations

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 on those proposing to carry out relevant works from...

PassivHaus Pharmacy 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 of the best parts of being an architect. When you have...

The Living Building Challenge presentation

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 my Enterprise Centre project and Passive...

1916 Centenary Chapel at Glasnevin Cemetry Entry

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 and glazed so as to draw...

Hayfield Energy Upgrade

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, the living area was always cold, and the...

How to Hire an Environmental Architect

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 interested in low-energy buildings and so the presentation is...

How hiring this architect works

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 a project started. Hopefully, if you are in the...

Environmental Accreditation Awarded

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 Assessment. ( I...

How warm is your hotel room?

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 to the last detail except the ability to get a good night’s sleep. Why?...