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Isabel Discusses a Zero-Carbon Future at AT Webinar

UPDATE 23.11.2021: The webinar is now available on YouTube:

Passive House, County Wexford, designed by Isabel Barros Architects

As Architects, it is important to move forward with the times, not only to modernise design but to look at a more sustainable and environmental zero-carbon future.

Isabel will be joining Pat Barry, Chief Executive Officer, Irish Green Building Council, Daria Blanc-Mathieu, Senior Sustainability Consultant, Meehan Green. and David Murray, Head of Technical Affairs & Ireland Sales, MEDITE SMARTPLY on AT live webinar at 10:00 am on Wednesday 17th November to discuss intelligent specification for a zero-carbon future.

They will be covering a wide range of topics including:

  • Meeting the challenges facing the construction industry
  • Understanding government targets
  • Green Building Council incentive programmes
  • The importance of green building certifications
  • Making positive specification and informed material selection for sustainability, ethics and health
  • The importance of EPDs and how to use them
  • Building differently towards a carbon vernacular
  • Supporting specification in line with green build certification
  • Taking wider responsibility – delivering building fabric solutions with guaranteed and enduring performance

To join this discussion and learn more about what we can do to have a zero-carbon future Register Here .

Your First Meeting With an Architect

You’ve decided to build. Congratulations!

Starting this process can be daunting and stressful, the most important thing is to not get overwhelmed and take this process step by step. To help we have put together a few tips to prepare you for your first meeting with an Architect.

Property Information

Make sure you provide the location of your property to the Architect. A site in a Special Area of Conservation will have different demands than a site in the middle of Wexford town, for example.

It is also important that the Architect knows about the topography of your site, is it sloped?, is it flat? In reality, we have to design around what is existing on the site or around any existing properties. If you have photos of the site please bring them to the first meeting.

Provide as much site information as you can at the beginning, this will assist the Architect in having a good first impression of the challenges involved. If you have survey drawings, ordnance survey maps, or existing plans, please bring them to the first meeting.

Brief

One of the best things you can do to ensure a successful first meeting is to spend time thinking about what do you want. This would be your wish list and Architects call it the ‘Brief’.

The brief describes the requirements you have – the Architect will endeavor to fulfill the brief during the design process. The brief does not need to be fully developed for the first meeting but it is helpful that you can give the Architect an overall indication of what you are trying to achieve.

Don’t be afraid to bring example pictures of designs you like – explaining and showing what you like will give your Architect direction and inspiration. What you don’t like is also important, make sure you share this with your Architect.

Pre-Planning Consultation

The planning stage can be confusing if you are not familiar with the process.

The Planning and Development Act 2000 introduced the convenience of Pre-Planning consultations between potential applicants who have an interest in the land and the planning authority. This is a service free of charge.

Having a Pre-Planning consultation with a planner will give clarity on what can be achieved for your proposed development. This is not an absolute requirement for your first meeting with an Architect but it could be helpful to have it done as it may speed up the process.

You can follow this link to the Wexford planning department explaining everything you need to know about Pre-Planning Consultations:

https://www.wexfordcoco.ie/planning/planning-applications/preplanning

Budget

Before starting anything it is important to look at your finances and have a clear set budget. Your Architect will need to know this as early as possible to design within your financial limits. Having a budget in place early in the process will set you and your architect in the right direction from the word go. When dealing with a tight budget be clear in explaining what is most important to you. The architect can take this information and priorities into your design.

If setting a budget is too difficult just let the Architect know this. Architects can work without a budget, and as soon as the Concept Design is developed they can estimate what budget you will need.

Be Prepared With Questions

Ask as many questions as you can to make sure you leave the meeting satisfied, leave no stone unturned as they say. As Architects, we listen and answer a lot of questions, no question is too silly when it comes to this industry.


Hopefully, this information will put you on the right path when beginning your new project.

Get in touch with us by email at office@isabelbarrosarchitects.ie or phone 053 916 8942 to schedule your first meeting with an Architect.

Welcome to the Team

With our growing number of enquiries comes a growing team, with this, on behalf of everyone here, we would like to welcome the newest member to the Isabel Barros architects team, Brian Kehoe.

Brian was born and raised in Wexford. Educated in Kilmore National School and Bridgetown Vocational College. It was during his early educational years where he developed a keen eye for construction and design. Finishing secondary school and enrolling in a construction architecture course before moving onto Waterford Institute of Technology to study Architecture Technology graduating in 2011.

Once graduated, Brian took his skills abroad moving to Australia. For 6 years Brian worked in Sydney, Darwin and Gold Coast working on and completing many projects across Australia from small residential projects to multi-unit developments. The below picture shows a finished construction project, just one of many multi-unit developments in Australia that Brian was heavily involved in, helping with the design layout and completing the drawings.

Darwin Australia. Multi-Unit Development. Project completed by Zest DCA.

After Australia, it was time for a new challenge, setting his sights on Canada. This time Brian stepped out of the office into the cold mountain air, taking on a more hands-on approach working in the construction industry.

Hiking Tent Ridge, Canada. Insta- @brianotography

Brian has a passion for adventure photography and exploring taking himself to new heights with hiking. His love for the outdoors gives him the drive to work with more sustainable methods/materials, trying his best to impact the earth as little as possible.

With his international work and travel experience, Isabel Barros Architects believes Brian will be a great addition to the team and wish Brian a very warm welcome.

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