The Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies (CREST) Pavilion at South West College in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, played host to leading experts in the field of airtightness and sustainable construction at an event last week
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The CREST Pavilion at South West College in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, played host to leading experts in the field of airtightness and sustainable construction at an event last week. Organised by the Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies (CREST), ‘Achieving airtightness in buildings’ attracted an audience of 35 people from businesses operating in the construction sector.

Niall Crosson gave a thorough overview of the theory behind airtightness, and this was followed by a master-class from Roman Szypura demonstrating the installation of airtightness membranes and tapes.

Niall who works for Ecological Building Systems Ltd from Athboy, Co Meath, has more than a decade of experience in passive house construction. He also sits on the board of directors of the Irish Green Building Council and is considered an expert in relation to airtightness, passive house construction and the use of green building materials.

Roman heralds from Germany but has been living in Co Sligo for a number of years and has set up a company called Clioma House Ltd, which specialises in intelligent airtightness and insulation solutions. A joiner by trade, Roman has been involved in more than 100 projects across Ireland as a consultant, trainer, or installer.

Tim Stokes, CREST manager said: “There’s nothing better than seeing a true craftsman at work and Roman Szypura didn’t disappoint with a superb, practical demonstration of how to fit and tape up an airtightness barrier. Niall Crosson from Ecological Building Systems also did a great job of explaining airtightness theory. The audience of architects, builders and academics were totally absorbed.”

The event was part of a series of events relating to Passive House design and construction that are being run this year by the CREST team at South West College. This includes the ‘See the Light Northern Ireland Passive House Conference’, which will be held at CREST on September 24, 2015.

South West College is also offering a range of courses relating to sustainable construction including the Passive House Designer and Passive House Tradesperson courses which will begin in June and September respectively.

CREST is one of South West College’s innovation centres.  CREST has world class R&D facilities and a team of staff through which it provides support to small to medium sized businesses in Northern Ireland and beyond, enabling them to develop and adopt new renewable energy and sustainable technologies.

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  The CREST Pavilion at South West College in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, played host to leading experts in the field of airtightness and sustainable construction at an event last week. Organised by the Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies (CREST), 'Achieving airtightness in buildings' attracted an audience of 35...