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Wexford homes to be certified Passivhaus


Madeira Oaks, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

Madeira Oaks, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

Madeira Oaks, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

Twelve houses are under construction at Madeira Oaks which will launch later this year. All are three-bedroom semi-detached houses with a straightforward interior layout and ideal for families, but yet these are different.

New developments, by law, are required to adhere to certain energy efficiency standards. Features like solar panels, air-to-water pump systems and double glazing are fairly usual to find across the board. However here, builder Michael Bennett has gone more than one step forward.

These homes are fully-certified Passivhaus builds in the country. The Passiv Haus Institute determines a strict set of guidelines for its cert and it means that for buyers, their energy bills for the entire year can expect to cost no more than €200. Compared to even an A-rated three-bed elsewhere, this is a fraction of normal running costs.

This is due to a range of insulation and heat recovery methods leading to a constant 21 degree Celsius internal temperature control 24 hours a day meaning movement of air via draughts is all but eliminated, with eight complete changes of air circulated a day. It's designed by MosArt Architects.

The internal layout of the properties, which are selling for €170,000, include a kitchen/dining room along the rear width of the house, with a utility, guest WC and separate sitting room to the front while upstairs has three bedrooms, one en-suite and a family bathroom.

Finished in a red brick and plaster render, the pitched roofs may allow for some further upward development. There are brick wall partitions between units and a matured, landscaped environment.

Madeira Oaks is on the outskirts of Enniscorthy town, 2.5km to the north. Rosslare harbour is 41km away; Waterford Regional Airport 65km.

Enquiries to: McGuinness Lambert (053) 9233984

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