Living Buildings and Passiv Haus - Solearth's Sustainable Design Services

Living Buildings

Living buildings are next generation sustainable buildings that are beautiful, equitable and meet all their own energy and water needs, use no toxic materials and meet a host of other stringent environmental and social criteria, making them as close to the buildings nature would wish to have as possible.

Solearth is immersed in the ILFI, hosts of the Living Building Challenge, and Solearth's partners have been instrumental in bringing this inspiring and challenging standard to Ireland. See Living Building Challenge - Ireland. Brian O Brien is one of a handful of professionals accredited as a Living Building designer and the only one  in Europe.

We provide design leadership and architectural design services in the creation of living buildings, campuses or communities, anywhere from idea to completion.

Passiv Haus + Plus

Solearth are not certified Passiv Haus designers. We are, however, dedicated to the goal of creating buildings that meet the performance levels of the Passiv Haus standard but that are enhanced by using natural materials and means of ventilation.

We call this Passiv Haus Plus.


Near to Zero Energy Builldings are the incoming standard for buildings across Europe as a result of the EUs Energy Performance of Buildings Directive EPBD (recast). All new public buildings in Europe should meet nZEB stadard by 2016 and refurbishments by 2020.

Solearth can quickly assemble a dedicated team to design and deliver your nZEB in Ireland or further afield. We have the experience, resources and and contacts to realise these challenging buildings while creating wonderful places to work and live in -and doing so on a budget.