South West College has joined the Buildings Action Coalition (BAC) in partnership with the Enniscorthy Forum, other coalition members, and the United Nations Environment Programme’s Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction to support and advance the principles of high performance in buildings and the built environment. Barry McCarron, Chairperson at Passive House Association Ireland and Head of Business Development at South West College, and Barbara-Anne Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of the Enniscorthy Forum, signed the accession documents at a ceremony organized at Enniscorthy Castle under the auspices of the first ministerial summit of the Enniscorthy Forum.
Barry McCarron noted “South West College has been working with our partners to advance the principles of high-performance buildings by preparing the next generation of stakeholders in the built environment to deliver buildings to a passive house standard. The memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Environment Programme that has just been signed will broaden our impact to global scale with a focus on specific projects and programs that will deliver tangible results quickly. Notably, the programme involves strong emphasis on education at all levels, which is what our college is all about. We are pleased to join forces with the BAC to offer our help in spreading educational tools and training approaches at all those levels across the globe.”
Barbara-Anne Murphy observed that “We welcome South West College to the Buildings Action Coalition.  The BAC programme involves outreach, education, and training schemes. We plan to mobilise resources and disseminate knowledge, experience and best practices to transition towards high performance building. Given their proven trac record in research and education, SWC an important role to play in this initiative.  We also plan to mobilise resources and disseminate knowledge, experience and best practices to transition towards high performance buildings.  SWC will have an important role to play in this initiative.”
South West College (SWC) is a further and higher Education College in Northern Ireland. SWC works to prepare the next generation of architects and engineers with courses and curricula based on PassivHaus concepts. SWC works to improve the quality of the built environment through education, practitioner training, research and demonstration, and campus events in support of high performance principles. SWC’s Erne campus at Enniskillen is the first educational building worldwide to achieve the highest international standard in environmental constructions – PassivHaus Premium.