The 'nearly zero' house
A BALBRIGGAN home threw open its very well insulated doors recently when it was chosen as one an example of how to run the most energy efficient homes.
The home of Sean and Breda Crosson, an 1870s gate lodge that sits on the border between Fingal and County Meath, was chosen to take part in a series of open days for 'nearly zero' energy buildings.
The Crossons opened up their beautiful home to those interested in making their homes more energy efficient and were overwhelmed with the reaction, with more than 50 people showing up on the day to take a tour of the house and its special energy-saving features.
Mr Crosson said: 'It was very pleasing to have such a large group of enthused people, whether Architects, BER Assessors, other professionals or those constructing or proposing to construct new or deep refurbishment of older houses.
'We were flattered that they were so interested in our house, even in the context of the Euro-wide NZEB Open-Doors project.'
He added: 'Over the weekend it was also pleasing to make so many new friends, some of whom live in our local wider North Dublin/Meath area, but many of whom we might not otherwise have ever gotten to meet.'
The Crosson house, built in the 1870s originally, has an A3 BER rating, a remarkable achievement for a property of its age, or any property for that matter.
The house was originally a gate lodge for the McCartney-Filgate estate near the Meath border on the north coast of Fingal.
The gate lodge was extended into a two-storey structure in 1970, but when Sean and Breda took over the property it suffered from very poor insulation, and the couple got to work with the help of architect, Michael J O'Donnell.
The internal layout of the house was completely re-orientated to make the best of natural energy of the sun and there was an extensive programme of insulation undertaken.
Along with Newgrange Construction, the contractors on the job, the house slowly regained all the energy it had lost over the years it had been standing and today, it can claim to be one of the most energy-efficient homes in the area.