Re: Re: Any experience I should look for for energy efficiency specification?
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Its a terrible indictment of the architecture profession that the vast bulk of its members have little understanding of low energy building and materials science. Recently on the radio a spokeperson for the RIAI didn’t even know what a passive house was.
I wouldn’t agree at all with this. The vast majority of graduates in the last five to ten years have a very good knowledge of low energy building. I know in the practice I work in there’s a healthy level of knowledge and interest in the subject.
The fact is that not many architects have built experience with it because in cost cutting exercises low energy technologies are always the first thing to go. However most architects will be fully adept at implementing the basic principles of low energy design regarding orientation, glazing ratios, passive ventilation, insulation levels etc.