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ES3: Achieving Airtightness, Why and How: The need for joined up thinking for joined up building!

March 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

A half-day session exploring the theory and practice of achieving higher levels of airtightness – how to ‘build tight and ventilate right’.

Neil Turner, Technical Sales Manager with Ecological Building Systems, will provide a presentation outlining why airtightness is now recognised as a key element in realising higher performance more durable healthy buildings. Joe Fitzgerald, Technical Support Engineer at Ecological Building Systems, will then provide a case study on the building of a new home in Ireland to Passivhaus levels of performance. Finally, the Ecological team have filmed their airtightness practical session, so you will be able to watch how to install membranes, tapes and seals with live commentary and Q&A provided by trainer Ilias Igoumenidis, Technical Support Engineer at Ecological Building Systems.

Agenda

– Presentation by Neil Turner outlining why airtightness is now recognised as a key element in realising higher performance, more durable, healthy buildings.
– Case Study by Joe Fitzgerald on the building of a new home in Ireland to Passivhaus levels of performance.
– Practical Airtightness Installation – a demonstration video filmed to show installation of airtighness membranes, tapes and seals with lot of hints and tips for all the key junctions for an effective airtight building with live commentary and Q&A provided by trainer Ilias Igoumenidis.

More about the Case Study:

Joe will present a case study on colleague Niall’s home. After almost 2 decades providing technical guidance with Ecological Building Systems, Niall finally had the opportunity to build his own family home in Cavan, Ireland. Using natural thermal insulation materials and a range of airtightness solutions Niall aimed to achieve Passivhaus levels of performance and certification, while at the same time accommodate a design which was “acceptable” to all his family. This meant, adjustments and amendments to what was initially a relatively simple design, to more intricate details to meet the demanding airtightness, insulation and ventilation requirements of Passivhaus. Joe will outline how airtightness was delivered on this new home from design concept to completion and key lessons learnt along the journey.