Timber frame with woodfibre external wall insulation

Timber frame with woodfibre external wall insulation

Monkstown EnerPHit - winner Green Residential Building 2013

 

We’re very proud to say that in late 2012 our deep retrofit & extension of a Monkstown semi-D was certified to 'EnerPHit' standard by the Passivhaus Institute of Germany. It is the first ‘Passive House’ or ‘EnerPHit’ retrofit of any building type to be certified in Ireland, & only the fifth ‘EnerPHit’ in the world. To add to this it was voted Green Residential Building of the year in 2013 at the annual Green Awards: a series of great achievements.

'Passive House' design for Irish people

 

A lot of Passive House design look foreign, portraying origins in central Europe. We want to show that you can design a compact house to this standard, look modern but also within the Irish housing idiom.

The timber frame house has a simple compact plan. The south elevation is 45% glazed (to maximize solar gain) while glazing on the other elevations is minimised (to reduce heat loss). It is an Irish interpretation of the central European Passive House design.

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