Architects in Schools update

We’re getting near to the end of our Architects in Schools programme now, and it’s good to see the Irish Architecture Foundation giving us and Loreto Community School in Milford a feature on their blog http://www.mydesignjournal.ie/loreto-students-take-designs-to-the-town/ An exhibition of the student work (from all the Donegal schools taking part) will …

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Life as a student

Student life…

For a while now, I’ve been working with Transition Year pupils at Loreto Community School, Milford as part of the National Architects in Schools Initiative, a programme admirably promoted by the Irish Architecture Foundation to give second level students a taste of what it’s like to work as an …

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Solar Panels, the why and wherefore.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the OECD, predicts that oil prices will remain stable over the next five years and may even come down by a small amount. There is nobody I know of brave enough or foolish enough to predict the same for electricity prices.

The British government …

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National Architects in Schools Initiative

We’re delighted to say that since Christmas, we’ve been working with students at Loreto Community School in Milford as part of the National Architects in Schools Initiative.

The Initiative is run by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF), and the idea is to give students hands- on design experience under the guidance …

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News

It is great to be involved with GDC (Irl) Ltd right from the start of the Rann Mor housing development,

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http://www.donegaldaily.com/2014/10/17/a-rated-energy-efficient-homes-could-save-homeowners-thousands-on-their-heating-costs

My Creative Edge

Thank you to Creative Edge for this opportunity – it worked out really well for us and we’re delighted with the results!

http://www.mycreativeedge.eu/allan-curran-architects-paul-mcguckin-photography/

EPC versus BER – how does the house we designed in Co. Fermanagh rate ?

Because we’re a bit geeky about things like this, we thought it’d be interesting to compare the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for the house we designed for a site outside Enniskillen, with a sample Building Energy Rating Certificate (BER) of the kind used in the Republic of Ireland. The Energy …

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Planning Permission – do I need it ???

Planning Permission- do I need it?

Now that the long- awaited green shoots have finally started to appear, people are taking an interest in building again. We’ve been run off our feet in the office since before Christmas, and questions about planning permission are coming up time and time again. Here …

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Ask yourself these 20 questions before you get started on your project!

How much disruption can you tolerate to extend or renovate your home??

Describe your current home. What do you like about it? What’s missing? What don’t you like? Do you want to change the space you have?
Do you want to build a new home?
Why do you want to build a house …

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So who owns football anyway?

The other day my son asked me ‘Dad, what do you call the people who own football?’ He meant FIFA of course, and it’s interesting that that’s the way it’s seen nowadays. I put it to him that he owned it, and I owned it, and so did everybody else. …

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