RTD/ Research Partners in FP7 Proposals
SOLEARTH (ARCHITECTURE) LTD – YOUR FP7 PARTNER
PIC; Solearth Ltd; 952478406 (Solearth Ecological Architecture: 984998238)
LEAR; Brian O Brien
Category: SME or RTD
PROGRAMMES OF INTEREST
Energy Efficient Buildings, NMP, Energy and ENV;
Others Concerning Building Demonstrations/ Testbed Installations
Sustainability and Low Energy Building solutions
Solearth are professional architects with a difference. For almost 15 years we have dedicated our practise to becoming experts in sustainable design at a deep and rigorous level. We base our design on science as well as art and are recognised for having created Irelands most noted low energy and sustainable buildings and communities. We work with some of Europes most knowledgeable consultants and researchers.
Solearth have the following capacity;
• Professional Sustainable Architecture (of new, existing and historic buildings)
• Performance Simulation and Modelling
• Research; Methodology Development.
• Communication Design and Dissemination.
• Languages; English Native, German and French; various staff members
Our architects, designers and researchers work at both a theoretical and practical level, refining design and technical concepts and models and implementing them in real projects and built buildings. We use modelling and simulation software to optimise solutions and stay at the cutting edge of international best practise. We are connected to Dublin Institute of Technology / Dublin School of Architecture as lecturers and researchers and can draw in researchers and academics as well as other energy and building physics consultants as required.
The role of an architect is to lead projects where a team of collaborators (consultants, contractors, regulators etc) are involved in realising a unique building over a 2-3 year period. Architects have much experience in driving these collaborations ensuring obstacles ore overcome, budgets and regulations complied with and excellence acheived. These skills can also be of major benefit on FP7 projects where large teams of experts speaking different languages, and having different skills and interests must work together to achieve the project outcomes.
Solearth are currently involved in 2 FP7 project. Both are under the Research for the Benefit of SMEs programme where we operate as SME partner, and administrator plus RTD partner respectively. Previously Brian O Brien, partner at Solearth has worked on FP5 projects while in other organisations and has recently been an evaluator in Brussels on the last EEB (NMP) call. He wrote Solearths recent DA project proposal which is approved and now under negotiation.
o Design and Planning;
o Technical Solution Appraisal
o Visioning and Presentation
• Performance Simulation and Modelling
• Historical and Design Research;
o Prior and State of the Art.
o Methodology; Methodology Development
• Exploitation and representation of end user
o Evaluation and Prioritisation of Solution Possibilities,
• Decision Support System Development
• Communication Design
• Website; Structure and Content,
o Dissemination and Public Participation.
• Construction and Demonstration
o Permits, Tendering and Bids, Construction /Contract Administration
WHY INCLUDE SOLEARTH IN YOUR CONSORTIUM ?
Solearth are located in Ireland (and are native English speakers).
Solearth are experienced at administering projects of multi million Euro budgets.
Brian O Brien
Brian is a regular speaker at conferences on sustainability in the built environment in Ireland and abroad. He has won awards for his buildings, teaching and championing of green design. and recently received a prestigious Hero of Living Buildings Award from the Living Futures Institute in the USA.
He has published many papers on architecture and green design in Ireland and the UK. He lectures in the Dublin School of Architecture, Dublin Institute of Technology and has been a guest lecturer at University of Bath, University College Dublin, Technische Hochschule Aachen and University of West of England. Along with the Energy Research Group UCD, he has for many years been a lecturer in the professional CPD programme for architects on sustainability and served on the RIAIs Sustainability Task Force. His research has included applications of round-wood structure at Rehan Electronics and Hooke Park, development of theory on Slow Architecture and Building Health (bau-biologie),.
Mike is a fluent German Speaker.