Low energy property
The prototype low-energy dwelling that paved the way for solar heated `SafeWarm' houses is on the market in Dublin 16.No 34 Knocklyon Heights, Templeogue was built in 1976 when major efforts were made by architects and engineers to reduce waste energy and associated carbon dioxide pollution.
Vendor is Bill Quigley of Energy Resources International, who carried out all the thermal analysis on this pioneering house.
The four-bedroom property (master en suite) is for sale through Sherry FitzGerald, and the price tag is £269,000.
The house has a splendid drawingroom, separate family room with access to the garden, diningroom and large kitchen/breakfast room with separate utility area.
The specification by the client for the house was way higher than the building regulations called for when it was originally constructed.
Basically, the design brief ensured a well-insulated house with a high thermal capacity that is, the mass of concrete was wrapped in a `tea cosy' to store up the solar gains received through the large south facing windows.
The result from an energy viewpoint is this house is more comfortable, and has considerably lower heating costs.
Another major benefit in using concrete floors and walls throughout is excellent sound proofing between the ground/first floor and between all the rooms. Another plus is that the structure is both fire and rot proof.