Practicing in ROI? Near Zero Emissions Building regulations arrive this year

If you are practising in the Republic of Ireland, you need to know about the Near Zero Emissions Buildings regulations. NZEB is a European low energy building standard being introduced this year. All new public buildings in the Republic of Ireland must meet this standard by 31st December 2018 and all other new buildings must meet the standard by 31st December 2020.

These regulations won’t apply in Northern Ireland and the timescale for any equivalent regulations being introduced is unknown, but this seminar will still help you develop your practice to design to low energy standards.

RSUA has partnered with the Passive House Association of Ireland (PHAI) to provide an expert-led half day seminar to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to incorporate this standard into your practice.

Seminar Content

Paul McAlister (Paul McAlister Architects) and Barry McCarron, (CREST Research and Development Coordinator) will lead this engaging half day seminar.

Paul McAlister is chairman of the PHAI, and his award-winning practice focuses on design and has exceptional sustainability credentials, winning the RSUA Sustainability Award in 2016.  He believes the Passive House Method of construction is the best means of creating reliable, quality sustainable architecture without the risk of performance-gap failures. He also recognises the importance of Passive House principles in achieving Near Zero Energy Buildings in the UK and Ireland and meeting the new European standards.

Barry McCarron has been the Research and Development Coordinator since 2013 for the award-winning CREST (Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies) Pavilion at South West College in Northern Ireland.
Barry is an MSc graduate of the Queen’s University Belfast through the Gibson Scholarship. He previously graduated from the University of Ulster with an Honours Degree in Architectural Technology and Project Management. He has also completed a HND in Building Engineering and Project Management at the Belfast Institute of Higher and Further Education.  Barry has recently undertaken a PhD in Queen’s University Belfast to research the Passive House Standard performance in Ireland.  He has more than ten years’ experience with the Construction Industry and specialises in Sustainable Construction and renewables Micro Generation and is part of the team at South West College working towards developing the College into a Regional Centre of Excellence for Passive House.

Module 1

  • nZEB requirements for Domestic and Non-Domestic Buildings.

Module 2

  • Overview of the Passive House Standard: using an established standard as a route to nZEB.

Module 3

  • Case study of fast-track affordable social housing built to dual certification according to nZEB and Passive House:


Course duration: 4 hours (with a break)

 2:00pm to 6.30pm on Thursday 28th Jun 2018, Tea and coffee will be available from 1:30pm

Syndicate Room 6, Riddell Hall, Stranmillis Road, Belfast


Cost: RSUA Practice Service Scheme members £69 + VAT
RSUA Members or PHAI Members £82 + VAT
Non-members £92 + VAT

How to book: Book your place online or contact Julia Leaker ( Cheques should be made out to RSUA and sent to 2 Mount Charles, Belfast, BT7 1NZ

If you have any queries about this course, please contact Julia or Jeanette on 028 9032 3760.