3cea Joins Engineers Ireland’s Sustainability Grand Tour

On February 25th 3cea joined Engineers Ireland’s Sustainability Grand Tour to present our Housing 4.0E initiative. The speakers for the event were John Carley, Alexandra Hamilton, and Ralf Kampe from 3cea, Sean Savage from Wexford County Council, and Colm Callery from Engineers Ireland.

The focus of the webinar was to discuss the aims of the H4.0E project, what it hopes to deliver, how it will achieve these goals, and to provide details from one of our sites in Wexford. One of the key objectives of this project is to reduce CO2 emissions in construction of houses by 60%. These Carbon emissions are known as ‘embodied’ and ‘operational’ CO2eq emissions. Operational emissions are those generated by running a building and “upfront ‘embodied’ emissions are generated by construction of a building. After a lifespan of 50 years, the upfront embodied CO2eq makes up 46% of the total CO2eq emissions and the operational emissions makes up 54% of the total CO2eq emissions. This shows that both categories are equally important and so we need to focus on the upfront CO2eq emissions as well.

Figure 1: Source: ©2016 2030, Inc. / Architecture 2030. All Rights Reserved. Data Source: Richard Stein, CBECS (2003).

To reduce these GHG emissions during construction, H4.0E looks to reduce carbon emissions by working with low carbon construction types and trying to use as much low carbon renewable building materials as possible. Factors such as low carbon design, logistics and procurement, materials, and insulation are all considered when designing these properties. By the project end, there are hopes that a digital platform will become available to perspective home builders to develop the plans for their property and estimate the cost and CO2eq emissions using the manufacture for assembly model. It is hoped this platform will also help reduce costs when building homes.

Engineers Ireland’s Sustainability Grand Tour is a series of webinars commencing on 20 January 2021 and consisting of approximately 12 webinars and panel discussions taking place throughout January to April. This series will seek to educate and empower engineers across all sectors to be drivers of climate action and will focus on topics ranging from road design to sustainable housing and energy efficient design. See below for a full list of the planned events and check out their YouTube channel for past events.

To learn more about 3cea’s activities in the Housing 4.0E initiative see here.

Better Energy Communities Grant

Everything you need to know about applying for Communities Energy Grant

What is Communities Energy Grant (BEC)?

3cea team has been successful in securing energy grant funding for communities and businesses across all sectors. Over the past 5 years 3cea has assisted in the delivery of cumulative energy savings of more than €19.6 million through the Communities Energy Grant (BEC) initiative.

Better Energy Communities is a national retrofit initiative managed by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). BEC offers a win-win grant aid solution for parish halls, GAA clubs, farmers, charitable organisations, community groups, public authorities, individuals and businesses to both lower their energy bills while reducing energy usage.

How can 3cea help?

From initial application to final grant sign-off, we can project manage the entire process for you, this is why we encourage you to get in contact now to discuss your project in more detail.

3cea has extensive, award-winning experience and expertise in supporting applicants through the BEC pipeline, we act as your project-coordinator and energy advisor throughout the entire process. Our Team has achieved success through combining specific technical expertise and local community knowledge on hundreds of energy efficiency projects of scale since 2002.

Funding & Supports Available

  • Up to 50% funding for community projects, sports halls, community halls, community centers etc
  • Up to 30% funding for private businesses, large industry and commercial buildings, private companies
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Getting by in a time of crisis – 3cea Team working from home during Covid-19

Covid-19 has created an unprecedented economic and social shock for business and communities in Ireland. As the team here in 3cea rolls into our forth month of working from home, we rely on remote work tools and technology more than ever in order to stay connected.

Working remotely has brought us to a new set of challenges that has led us to adapt quickly. Between event cancellations, travel restrictions, webinar overload, personal concern about contagion and more, nearly everyone has been affected by this crisis in some way. Many of us are trying to balance working from home with the responsibilities of care. Event though it is our home environment, it is very new from a work perspective. This is the first time where so many of us are having to collaborate, operate and communicate remotely through the power of technology.

Technology can only go so far, and working from home is not for everyone the team here at 3cea are managing this new normal very well. We wanted to take this opportunity and share how well our colleagues are coping!

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Energy and Rural Business Show preview: showcasing growing opportunities for on-farm renewables

Ireland has committed to producing at least 16% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020 and the next Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) is said to be fully aligned with the need to prioritise climate action. Farmers looking to benefit from green initiatives are being urged to attend Energy and Rural Business Show, taking place at Hub at Cillin Hill, Kilkenny on 23 and 24 October 2019.

This year the show is boosting its offering by including both Energy Now Expo and Rural Business Expo, so farmers can hear from experts on diversification and the growing opportunities and grants available for on-farm renewables. Read more


H4.0E Workshop Series

As part of the H4.0E Project, 3cea is delighted to launch our H4.0E Workshop Series. This series is directed towards policy makers and drivers, those involved in housing construction, as well as any interested parties and stakeholders. The series begins January 26th and occurs weekly until March 2nd where we close the series with a panel discussion. Each workshop will take place from 10 am until 11 am. The agenda and speakers are available below.

The theme for this webinar series is ‘How the low carbon approach of H4.0E can fit the Irish Construction Policy Context.’

The programme for H4.0E Workshop Series is:

Session 1: 26th January at 10am – Low Embodied Carbon Approach – Ralf Kampe (3cea)


The theme for this workshop is: Achieving low carbon & affordable & small H4.0E-nZEB social housing units.



In this workshop, 3cea will give an introduction to H4.0E and the online material available through the project. Speaker Ralf Kampe will also introduce the H4.0E principles of low carbon material, low carbon construction types, first fabric approach, and the benefits for stakeholders. This will all be followed by a Q&A.


Session 2: 2nd February at 10am – Mass Timber Solution and Circularity – Florian Thoma (Thoma wood100)


The theme for this workshop is: Glue-less Mass timber solution and circulation; digitalisation of the design and manufacture process.



During this workshop, Florian Thoma will discuss dowl Laminated timber moon wood circularity and its benefits. This will be followed by a Q&A.


Session 3: 9th February at 10am – Use of the H4.0E Platform-Planning, Designing & Engineering and Construction – Alastair Parvin (Open Systems Lab)


The theme for this workshop is: Digitalisation of the Design Process to Achieving H4.0E nZEB/ZEB buildings.



The H4.0E platform is one of the deliverables of the project and is a digital platform that allows future developers and even laypersons to build their homes using the H4.0E principles.

During this workshop Alastair will show attendees the platform, how it works, and how to use it. The topics to be discussed
include the platform’s structure and principles, DfMA, design process, supply chain, platform output and exchange, and the benefits for the stakeholder. This will be followed by a Q&A.


Session 4: 16th February at 10am – Low operational Carbon approach – Barry Mc Carron (South West College) & 3cea


The theme for this workshop is: Achieving low carbon & affordable & small H4.0E-nZEB social housing units.




During this workshop Barry McCarron will present an introduction into H4.0E and the online material available through the project. He will then discuss Passive House principles and its benefits for stakeholders. This will be followed by a Q&A session.


Session 5: 23rd February at 10am – Efficient up to date building supply technique – Barry Mc Carron (SWC) & 3cea

The penultimate workshop in our series, Barry McCarron of South West College will build on his previous workshop and continue the theme of Achieving low carbon & affordable & small H4.0E-nZEB social housing units.


Session 6: 2nd March at 10am – Panel Discussion – TBD

To close our Workshop Series, 3cea will host a panel discussion with invited industry professionals to discuss the landscape of low carbon and low energy buildings in Ireland and the potential future in this area.

The main theme for this panel discussion is: “Why is Ireland so far behind in adopting low carbon and low energy buildings and how do we change the situation?

The panel will also look to discuss:

  • Achieving low carbon, affordable & small H4.0E-nZEB social and private housing units.
  • How can we learn from our European partners to embed the H4.0E approach in the Irish Construction Context?
  • Barriers to overcome in the social and private housing market
  • How do we drive change in this industry?

This panel will be facilitated by Michael Doran of 3cea. Michael is the EU Projects Manager at 3cea and is an experienced chair and facilitator.

The panelists will be announced closer to the date.