Sunday Times Ireland – An eco house with a big heart

Newspaper article.

The Sunday Times interview with Roisin McCann, and our clients, Lucia & Paul gives an insight into the creative process when designing a contemporary, luxury, energy-efficient house.  Lucia states: “…(we) wanted a quick-build timber frame home with lots of insulation and light.  We wanted a nice steady, warm house with no draughts and no leaks.  And we wanted good daylight, space for the family to congregate…”

“I wanted an architect, someone who knew vernacular buildings and would respect the site for what it was, and also see where we were coming from in terms of the air-to-heat-pump.”

“We just said, yes, bring the light in.  We don’t want any dark corners.  We believe, ultimately, it does affect your mood and how you live every day.”

The Foyle House is built to Passive House standards; it has Mechinical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR) system, good air-tightness, & an air source heat pump.  It also has Passive, natural cooling techniques, as energy efficient houses have a tendency to overheat.  The design aims to minimalise solar overheating, whilst promoting natural cooling.

Ireland | The Times & The Sunday Times

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Belfast Telegraph: super-efficient family home

The Belfast Telegraph newspaper published a beautiful write-up of our Windmill House; looking at the house

frEnergy efficient award winning houseom an energy-efficiency point of view.  The newspaper discusses:

“A super-efficient environmentally friendly house nestled in the Co Down countryside has been named House of the Year in the 2021 Building and Architect of the Year Awards.

Windmill House near Hillsborough is home to a young family and was designed by Antrim-based architects Marshall McCann. They worked in consultation with Dungannon-based consultants GP Developments to incorporate the principles of the ‘Passive House’ concept from Germany.

It means the house adheres to high voluntary standards for energy efficiency and vastly reduces energy consumption.

The house was completed last year and requires little space for heating or cooling.

Experts said passive housing reduces energy bills, provides cleaner air and more comfortable temperatures in the home”.

To read the full article: Belfast Telegraph

Contractor: GP Developments

Windmill House shortlisted for House of the Year Ireland 2021