M Sora wins first place at International Passive House Conference 2014

Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 11.18.16Component Award proves Passive House windows profitable

Twelve winners to be honoured at the International Passive House Conference Darmstadt, Germany. The winners of the first ever Passive House Component Award have been selected and a total of twelve Passive House windows will receive recognition.

The real winners, however, are the building owners, for the results of this international competition demonstrate that it is possible to save money with highly efficient building components. Manufacturers offered their products at retail prices including installation for an example building.


Wood window Category

In the “Wood” category, the first place winners are the Slovenian manufacturer MSora for their Natura Optimo XLT window.

“We are delighted at the level of active participation in the competition and congratulate the winners,” declares Dr. Wolfgang Feist, Scientific Director of the Passive House Institute – organiser of the Component Award competition.

A total of 41 entries made it clear that Passive House windows are very attractive financially for building owners.

“Overall cost savings of more than 25 percent, spread over the life span of the winning products, are possible. With Passive House quality products, the energy revolution becomes not only affordable, but even profitable.”

“Energy efficient, high quality components are an essential building block for the success of Passive House. It is important that these products provide not only convenience and comfort, but also economic advantages. We have proven this with this Award,” says Dr.Benjamin Krick

Head of Component Certification at the Passive House Institute.

The prizes will be presented by Dr. Wolfgang Feist at the Eurogress in Aachen. Many of the prize-winning windows will be exhibited by the manufacturers at the accompanying Component Exhibition which will take place from 25 to 26 April 2014, parallel to the International Passive House Conference. Further information can be found online on:

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Architectural design & Iframe in harmony

M Sora, bring in the summer, various options for your terrace space..

Timber curtain wall and slim line aluminium

… in beautiful harmony and contrast

Completed Project in Leitrim

This project is a large family home built on a beautiful site sloping down to Lough Melvin, Leitrim. The building is split into bedroom, living and leisure, and the priority here was for the project to bed into the landscape.

All the glazing and doors were sourced from DPB Partners.

An amazing design by Studio Red Architects Dublin, and one which shows the diversity of what we offer!

Click on the photographs below for a closer look!

Zero Carbon Passive House Craughwell, Co. Galway with custom fenestration

“An Teach Glas” Zero Carbon Passive House Craughwell, Co. Galway. Designed by Miles Sampson Architects.

Specification on the Project and Timber Frame build up below;

  • Passive Foundation System
  • Timber Frame using 200mm stud wall pumped with cellulose, external clad with wood fibre, service cavity filled with 50mm wood fibre.
  • Ceilings to have 300mm rafters pumped with Cellulose 100mm external wood fibre with 50mm wo0dfibre to service cavity
  • Nilan Compact heating and ventilation  system with geo module.
  • Sparthem passive cerified 7kw stove with back boiler. 5.5kw to feed thermal store located in garage which will run underfloor heating in external work shop, dry clothes and season wood when required.
  • Certified passive house windows
  • Passive air change result expected <0.6ACH
  • House to be Passive Certified
  • 60sqm Grass Roofs to offset carbon in concrete
  • 106no Sigma PV Roof Tiles generating 5kw
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  • Images by Miles Sampson Architects