BA (Hons) Arch NLPP Passive House Designer
Martin started out as an architectural technician before studying for his BA Architecture at the Art College Belfast, where he finished 5th in his class. He has since continued to become a certified passive house designer. He has worked for 3 of the top architectural practices in Belfast, with over 12 years’ experience in practice, working on award-winning projects up to £105 Million. Martin has vast experience in technical issues, with a particular interest in environmental and thermal performance.
To further his knowledge in the finer details of environmental construction and the cost implications within the design process, Martin decided to work for a PassivHaus registered builder, learning from the inside how to design more cost-effective buildings.
Martin has also trained with Passive House Ireland in ‘thermal bridging’ calculations. He has worked on several Zero Carbon Houses, including his own house, which has been designed to meet both Passive House and Zero Carbon standards. He is the first to design, build and be living in a Passive House in Northern Ireland. His own house won ‘FMB Energy Efficient House of the Year UK’ – the first in Northern Ireland to win this prestigious award!
Total heating and electric costs for his house, for the year, are approx. £600. With the PV solar panels and air-source heat pump, his house makes approx. £800 per year….with the surplus £200 going into his pocket!