co carlow Eco development of 10 houses
'Passive houses' are set to become standard across the European Union from 2011 and what is believed to be the first development of these houses in Ireland is currently being constructed in Killerig, Co Carlow.
There are 10 houses in the scheme, part of a larger development located close to Killerig Country Club and within a 50-minute drive of the Red Cow roundabout.
There will be a special launch for this development with speakers highlighting their financial, health and environmental benefits.
There will be two sessions of talks at the Ramada Hotel in Killerig, at 11am and 2pm, after which those interested will be taken by bus to the development.
These super energy efficient houses, developed by Botanic Homes, were fabricated in Austria and erected in Killerig by an experienced team of German craftsmen. The four-bed detached homes of 200sqm are available from €460,000.
Passive houses use a highly-efficient heat recovery ventilation system which provides a constant stream of pre-heated fresh air to all living rooms and bedrooms while exhausting stale or moist air from the kitchen and bathrooms.
The superior air quality is achieved by the use of filters.
Additional standard features include triple glazing (which also provides high sound-proofing levels), 10 times the conventional standard of draft proofing, solid concrete walls at first-floor level and low maintenance mechanical services.
The first 'stand-alone' passive house was completed in Ireland three years ago in nearby Wicklow and the designer and owner will be available at the launch of the Killerig project to give an overview of the advantages.
Call Dawson Read Estate Alliance, Tullow, 059-9151142