The globally accredited Passive House Team

The Passive House Academy is proud to showcase one of the most talented and accomplished teams in the Passive House arena.

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Directors

tomas olearyTomás O’Leary
Co-Founder & Managing Director

Designed, built and lives in the first Certified Passive House in the English speaking world. An enthusiastic and passionate advocate for all things Passive House, a jovial and motivational educator and presenter, experienced research scientist and environmental entrepreneur. Globally accredited by the Passivhaus Institut as a Certifier of Passive House buildings and licensed training provider for the Passive House Consultant and Tradesperson programs. 

Qualifications:
B.Agr.Sc.(Land. Hort.) 1992, M.Sc.Agr.E.R.M 1994, Certified Passive House Building Certifier 2008, Certified Passive House Trainer 2009, Certified Passive House Exam Host 2009, Train the Trainer (2013)


Art McCormackArt McCormack
Co-Founder, Senior Architect & Director

 

Developer of the world’s first Certified Passive House Tradesperson Training program and designer of the first dedicated contractor training labs in both Europe and the US. Highly experienced and an ardent hands-on trainer operating on both sides of the Atlantic and China, bringing 40 years of architectural design and real-life construction detailing expertise to the classroom. Architect of several Passive House and housing development projects, both new-build and retrofit, and a task leader on international research projects including: Training to nZeb and Fit to nZeb.

Qualifications:
B.Arch.; MRIAI; M.Sc. Agric. (in Landscape Horticulture); MILI; M.Sc. U. D. (Urban Design); CPHT: BE; CPHT: BS


Certification & PHPP

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Alan Carr
Certification Manager

 

Alan has over 25 years construction experience specialising in building Retrofit. Highly experienced building analyst and Passive House Certification Manager proficient in steady state and dynamic simulation, thermal bridge analysis, PHPP, condensation risk analysis, surface temperature calculation, WUFI, DEAP, AutoCAD 2d/3d, BIM and Sketch-up. He is kept busy in his spare time as secretary of the Stephen Gately Trust Charity which provides defibrillators to schools and sports clubs across Ireland. He is also a board member of the Irish Heart Foundation Council on Sudden Cardiac Death.

Qualifications:
Currently completing a Master’s Degree in Energy Retrofit, Post Graduate Diploma in Digital Analysis Energy Retrofit, Diploma Architectural Technology, Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, Building Energy Rating Assessor, Air Tightness tester. CPH Consultant.

 

Alex

Alex O'Toole
Certification Technologist

 

Although 20 over years experience in the construction industry, Alex has worked on a number of architectural practices. Over the years Alex has worked on a large range of commercial, residential, retail and leisure projects. Projects that have brought an equal share of experience at planning and concept design and construction supervision. Alex has worked as chief architectural technician on many new and refurbishment projects. He has vast experience of construction detailing and site supervision. Alex understands the importance of good communication between the design and construction teams.

In recent years Alex has furthered his education with an emphasis for low energy design and refurbishment. His new skills in energy analysis combined with experience enables him to understand the complexities of low energy design and to provide solutions.

His skills include in low energy construction detailing, Thermal bridge analysis, Hygro-thermal analysis, PHPP, and Dynamic simulation. His experience, attention to detail and common sense approach are paramount to his analysis.

Since joining Passive House Academy he has been certifying large, commercial and multifamily projects in Europe and across the US. One of his key skills is that he is continually improving company procedures, reviewing reports and analysis on PHI standards.

Qualifications:
Masters Degree in Energy Retrofit, Post-Grad Diploma in Digital Analysis Energy Retrofit, Diploma in Construction Technology, Certification in Building Energy Assessor Draughting & Design and CPH Consultant.


Cramer SilkCramer Silkworth
US Consultant


An engineer and consultant providing enclosure and HVAC system design for single family and small-scale multifamily homes, both new construction and renovation in the New York City Area. Emphasis on matching the mechanical systems to an optimized enclosure (using PHPP, of course!), with on-site verification with blower door testing and IR thermographic inspection.

Qualifications:
BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York State licensed Professional Engineer, and CPHC. Teaches environmental design at the Rhode Island School of Design, co-teaches at The City College of New York, and teaching assistant at Parsons The New School in NYC.


raquel saavedraRaquel Saavedra
Certification Technologies & Architect

 

Raquel operates mostly in the Passive House certification department preparing construction details for new-build and retrofit projects. She also carries out our in-house Thermal Bridge Modelling.

She is the Speedy-Gonzales of construction detailing and 3D animation and can turn her hand to pretty much anything that lands on her desk. Her detailing and animation work is used in our training courses to convey how high performance junctions in best practice.

Qualifications:
Architect (E.T.S.A.C. 2013), currently completing a Masters Degree in Sustainable Building Technologies (E.U.A.T.) and CPH Designer, Thermal Bridge Modeler.

 

Amantia2Amantia Martinez
Certification Technologist & Architectural Technician

 

Amantia is our newest member to the Passive House Academy Team. She is from the sunny land of Gallicia Spain. A fast learner of the 3D world of animation modelling using Sketch-up design. Her organisational skills and attention to detail is evident in her work, whether its working in PHPP, Design PH or carrying out construction detailing. She is a very popular member of staff with a wicked sense of humour.

Qualifications:
MSC. Sustainable Construction Technologies and BA. in Arch. Technology

 


Training & Events

Michael McCarthyMichael McCarthy
Training Team Manager



An engineer by profession and regarded as ‘the numbers guy’ in PHA. Unflinching in dealing with complex conundrums, a methodical problem solver and fountain of knowledge on both envelope and mechanical systems. Enviable ability to seamlessly jump from teaching novices, through contractors, designers to building scientists. A firm grip of international standards as they relate to energy efficiency with particular expertise in airtightness and blower door testing.

Qualifications:
B.Arch. (MOA); Post Grad Advanced Environ. & Energy Studies; M.Sc. Urb. & Build. Conservation; CPH Designer

 

John Mitchell HeadshotJohn Mitchell
US Training Consultant


An architectural designer, carpenter, and trainer with particular interest in domestic-scale projects.  Co-founder and partner in Brooklyn, NY-based bldgtyp.  Passionate advocate of energy efficient building strategies as an essential component of successful design.  

Qualifications:
BA, The Colorado College; M.Arch, Parsons the New School for Design; CPHC

 

Edel TinsleyEdel Tinsley
Outreach & Event Manager


This talented multi-tasking juggler manages all our events, home and abroad, training courses and educational tours. Edel is creative and energetic and loves a challenge. A background in banking, finance and customer service has provided the skill set required to handle all aspects of planning, budgeting and marketing for all Passive House Academy events. Our own little social media guru, promoting PHA courses, events and tweeting all the latest news and fun developments on our social media platforms.

Qualifications:
Cert in Online Marketing: Social Media_SEO

 

LouLouise Mc Nabb
E-Learning Technician & Consultant



Louise is one of our few members of staff that doesn’t has a background in Architecture. She is a very visual person with a keen eye and passion for anything computer related and video editing. She helped develop one of the first online course’s in PH industry. She is quite adept at problem solving and working with a wide range of software packages. She provides exceptional support to our Students Online and is forever creating new user-friendly material, tips and quizzes.

Louise has a background in Post-production video editing, as a free-lance editor she has work creating promotional YouTube videos for the companies: nZebra, Mosart, The Chip Van, The Airstream and Australian Women's Rugby Team on their lead up to the Women's Rugby World Cup 2014. She has been credited as Assistant Editor for RTE1 'Féile Dreams' aired December 2013 and the three-part documentary series on TV3 'Darndale: the Edge of Town’  broadcast September 2014. While with Big Red Engine, she was responsible for the data wrangling & assistant edit this year for the United Nations Broadband Commission event in 2013. She was also given the opportunity to complete a 22-part video series for social media as part of the short-listings for the Bord Gáis Energy Book Awards 2013.

She also worked as a Multi-Media Consultant for Carve Business Solutions while living in Australia. This role included the collective organization and direction of filming in mining locations, as well as the final edit. The goal was to create cutting edge induction videos explaining various elements of mining safety procedures.

Qualifications:
B.A. (Hons) Degree, Fine Art Media

 


Technology & architecture

Jill noctorJill Noctor
Architectural Technologist


The person in PHA that makes sure that the thermal bridge junctions, air-tight connections and window fitting details can be transferred from computer model to construction site. A pillar of pragmatics and common sense, with extensive construction experience and a no-nonsense manner in dealing with contractors and trades. Experienced and analytical appraiser of products and materials and highly competent coordinator of Passive House design team members.

Qualifications:
Dip. Arch. Tech.; CPHD

 

marianaMariana Moreira
Certification Technologist & Architect



Highly motivated and expert energy modeler of Passive House projects informed by qualifications in both Architecture and Architectural Conservation. Centrally involved in all aspects of Passive House Certification, including thermal bridge analysis, PHPP data entry, SketchUp modeling and getting to grips with building information modeling (BIM). Avid learner of new-things, with a fertile mind that combines creative design and pragmatic detailing, both essential elements in Passive House land.

Qualifications:
B.Arch. (MRIAI); Post Grad Advanced Environ. & Energy Studies; M.Sc. Urb. & Build. Conservation; CPH Designer


AnthonyAnthony Byrne
Architectural Technologist

 

Anthony provides a full range of architectural services covering all stages of our projects from inception to completion. He will help you visualise your project from the beginning providing 3d renderings to help guide you through the design process before continuing on to the planning stage. Through the use of PHPP, Passive House Planning Package & DEAP, SEAI's building energy rating software, he will ensure your building is designed to achieve the best possible energy performance to suit your budget. With his excellent detailing abilities, Anthony will optimise the critical junctions of your building to ensure the best thermal performance and minimise unnecessary heat losses. He produces fully detailed tender packages and will help you select a suitable contractor and manage your project through construction. Anthony takes great pride in providing an excellent level of service to all of our clients.

Qualifications:
Post-Grad Cert. in Digital Analysis & Energy Retrofit & B.A. Hons in Architectural Technology



Ed MayEd May
US Tradesperson Consultant

A builder, teacher and Architect by training before Co-Founding the Brooklyn, NY Design-Build firm BLDGtyp. As well as a practitioner, is a professor at The Newschool in New York City and Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. An expert in both energy modeling and construction detailing of high-performance building envelopes. Designer and builder of several High-Performance homes in the US. Just as comfortable working with a hammer as a spreadsheet.

Qualifications:
BFA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2001), M.Arch, Parsons the New School for Design, New York (2009). CPH Consultant.