No Danish cold in East Kildare
Grenaa is a tourist town on the Jutland coast in Denmark, and as the Scandinavians were pioneers in passive house standards, it's a fitting name for this energy-efficient detached property outside Brannockstown in Co Kildare.
'Grenaa' has a B3 energy rating thanks to an elaborate ventilation and heat recovery system, triple-glazed windows with a heat-reflective coating, masses of wall and loft insulation, and computer-controlled underfloor heating.
According to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, the estimated annual fuel cost for a 2,150 sq ft B3-rated house will be €1,900 a year. That's for heating it to "a comfortable level" without skimping. You might do it for a little less by telling the kids to put a jumper on, or to warm themselves up by tidying their bedrooms for once.
As well as the central heating, 'Grenaa' has wood-burning stoves in two of the reception rooms, so if anyone's complaining of being chilly they can go and sit in one of those.
The first is a family room with an exposed brick wall and a pine ceiling, and there are double doors there leading to a triple-aspect sunroom with French doors to a deck. The other is a first-floor lounge with a vaulted, skylit ceiling, and this room gives onto a balcony.
Back on the ground floor you'll also find a study, with another brick wall and pine ceiling, and the kitchen, along with separate laundry room and utility rooms.
The overall floor area is 2,368 sq ft and that includes four bedrooms, with the master en-suite.
'Grenaa' is on half an acre with a gravelled forecourt and decking. There's also a garage with a car port, fuel store and loft, which could be converted to another use.
It's for sale for €550,000 with Smyth in Naas (045) 895 440.