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The Winners of our Low-Energy Building Examples Competition

At the end of the summer, QualiBuild ran an image competition to gather images for use in the Foundation Energy Skills programme developed by our partner LIT.  Thanks to everyone who entered, and our winners below!

These images illustrate quality building concepts, both in best practice, but also showing work on site where there are areas for improvement.

There were five categories in the competition: Wall, Windows/Doors, Services, Floor and Roof. The winning image in each category was the example that best highlighted the topic in a clear and interesting fashion.

In the category of Wall, the winning image was submitted by Gavin Ó Sé (www.greenbuild.ie). This image shows incorrect chimney breast layout. Thermal bridging and break of insulation reduces the u value of the wall and is a source of heat loss.

This image shows incorrect chimney breast layout.  Thermal bridging and break of insulation reduces the u value of the wall and is a source of heat loss.

This image shows incorrect chimney breast layout. Thermal bridging and break of insulation reduces the u value of the wall and is a source of heat loss.

Gavin Ó Sé of Greenbuild submitted the winning image in the walls category.

Gavin Ó Sé of Greenbuild submitted the winning image in the walls category.

In the category of Windows/Doors, the winning image was submitted by Archie O’Donnell (www.integrated.ie). The image shows a best practice detail – windows that are taped for airtightness around the perimeter of the windows.

This image shows a best practice detail – windows that are taped for airtightness around the perimeter of the windows.

This image shows a best practice detail – windows that are taped for airtightness around the perimeter of the windows.

Archie O'Donnel of Integrated Energy submitted the winning image in the Window/Doors category.

Archie O’Donnel of Integrated Energy submitted the winning image in the Window/Doors category.

In the category of Services, the winning image was submitted by Fintan Smyth (Saint Gobain Ireland (www.isover.ie, www.gyproc.ie, www.weber.ie). The image shows an incorrect location for a vent due to existing ventilation services.

The image shows an incorrect location for a vent due to existing ventilation services.

The image shows an incorrect location for a vent due to existing ventilation services.

Fintan Smith submitted the winning image in the Walls category.

Fintan Smyth submitted the winning image in the Walls category.

In the category of Floor, the winning image was submitted by Niall Crosson (www.ecologicalbuildingsystems.com). The image shows a best practice detail of floors taped for airtightness behind the joists, allowing continuous air tightness around the building.

The image shows a typical, but incorrect, arrangement of single layer of mineral wool insulation between joists causing heat loss through the ceiling area. Insulation was not brought to the edges (maintaining ventilation) This requires improvement for compliance with new regulations.

The image shows a best practice detail of floors taped for airtightness behind the joists, allowing continuous air tightness around the building.

The image shows a best practice detail of floors taped for airtightness behind the joists, allowing continuous air tightness around the building.

Niall Crosson submitted the winning image in the Floor category. Joseph Little submitted the winning image in the Roof category.

Niall Crosson submitted the winning image in the Floor category. Joseph Little submitted the winning image in the Roof category.

In the category of Roof, the winning image was submitted by Joseph Little (www.buildinglifeconsultancy.com). The image shows a typical, but incorrect, arrangement of single layer of mineral wool insulation between joists causing heat loss through the ceiling area. Insulation was not brought to the edges (maintaining ventilation) This requires improvement for compliance with new regulations.

The image shows a typical, but incorrect, arrangement of single layer of mineral wool insulation between joists causing heat loss through the ceiling area. Insulation was not brought to the edges (maintaining ventilation) This requires improvement for compliance with new regulations.

Thanks again to all who participated!

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