The nZEB101 Project 

Research into near zero energy buildings

Researching How our Homes of the Future Will Perform

Building on an established monitoring project of low-energy dwellings which has been running for over two years, the vision for nZEB101 is to uncover the key nZEB design and operations lessons as Ireland embarks on the unprecedented mass market implementation of these low-energy buildings.

The project is supported by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and builds on an established and effective multidisciplinary collaboration of academia and experienced low-energy dwelling professionals with a history of implementing low-energy/nZEB. 

nZEB101 monitors over 101 geographically dispersed domestic and nondomestic, new and retrofit properties and ensures a statistically robust sample size which will yield;

1. Operational performance of A rated buildings, including energy and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ);

2. “In use factors” for a span of energy-efficiency technologies – fabric, PV and solar;

Both of the above will inform the development of compliance methodologies.; The data gathered will be key to ensuring design and operations lessons learned are captured to inform future design, not just for the project participants, but for industry at large.

A communications strategy is designed for widespread multimedia dissemination to a comprehensive range of target stakeholders.

The project places particular emphasis on social housing considering it is proposed that up to 45% of the dwellings constructed in Ireland over the next 10 years will be for social housing purposes, with first reports of IEQ and annual operational performance against the BER predictions scheduled in Q1.; nZEB101, due to its ambitions and multi-stranded approach ensures significant value for money for the investment made.

Our People

Dr. Oliver Kinnane

Oliver is a an avid researcher and educator, an architect and engineer. He investigates the fundamentals of building science, how we experience buildings and how we can improve their performance. His approach to research is multidisciplinary drawing on a wide range of interests, and a multidisciplinary background. His education is wide and varied, including a Ph.D. in physiological modelling, a Masters of Architecture and a Bachelor of Engineering.  Olivers research investigates at the interface between human and building, analysing the environments we create and live in, and the greater environmental impact of these. Primarily my work concentrates on optimising building skins and systems, including the methods by which we envelop and condition our homes and buildings.

Oliver was co-lead applicant for the nZEB101 project is Co-Principal Investigator for the project. 

Dr. Shane Colclough

Shane believes passionately in the potential afforded by low-energy building standards in providing a better standard of housing for citizens, simultaneously reducing dependence on fossil fuels and eliminating fuel poverty.
He has led research into low-energy dwellings for the past 10 years at Ulster University and latterly at University College Dublin in addition to being principal at the consultancy firm Energy Expertise Ltd.
He is also active in the not for profit sector and is vice-Chairman of the Passive House Association of Ireland and founding co-Chairman of nZEB Ireland. He has authored many papers on the topic of low-energy, passive house & energy storage in addition to presenting at national and international conferences. He is an experienced consultant and serves in the EU as an Expert on Energy-Efficient Buildings.

Shane was co-lead applicant for the nZEB101 project and is Co-Principle Investigator. He leading the research on the energy and IAQ performance of nZEB dwellings for the nZEB101 project.

Dr. Richard O'Hegarty

Richard is passionate about the sustainable engineering of buildings. A multidisciplinary research background of energy analysis, structural mechanics and material science provides the foundations for him to pursue this field of research. Richard holds a BE-hons degree in civil engineering from University College Dublin, an MSc-distinction degree in structural and environmental engineering from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in a combined field of façade engineering and solar thermal energy, from the School of Civil Engineering at TCD. Richard has extensive industry experience and has most recently completed a postdoctoral researcher position in UCD on the development of lightweight prefabricated cladding solutions for building retrofit.

Richard is focusing on assessing the in-use performance of energy efficient technologies aspect of the nZEB101 project. He considers that housing the planet’s population is one of the great engineering challenges of our time and he is excited to be part of this challenge.

Mr. Donal Lennon

Donal has a long history with UCD, having held a number of positions most recently as the manager of the Earth Institute BEL Lab. Donal will be responsible for installing monitoring equipment to measure the energy and indoor air quality of the nZEBdwellings, spanning not only the UCD campus, but also nationwide.  

Our Partners

Passive House Academy

The Passive House Academy have been leading the way in Passive House (Passivhaus) training, development, certification and consultancy for over 15 years.

Nilan Ireland

Nilan Ireland is the leading provider of premium-quality, energy-saving ventilation and heat pump solutions which meet the requirement of nZEB for both domestic and commercial buildings including Passive House. Beneficial to the environment, they also provide a healthy indoor climate and low-level energy consumption.

Michael Bennett Group

The Michael Bennett Group is a pioneer of Passive House and low energy development in Ireland and is the first company to deliver a scheme of Low Energy social housing in Ireland

3CEA is committed to supporting every energy user in using energy more efficiently, monitoring energy use and movingtowards a greater choice of renewable energy sources.

Published Material

This section of the site will continue to be updated with publications on the project as they become available. Please select from the papers below.

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This project was supported by the Government of Ireland through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s Research, Development and Demonstration Programme 2018.