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High Performance Zero Carbon Passive House

Sustainable Project

This project aims to act as an exemplar project in sustainable building of one off rural houses. To ensure that the ambitious aims of this project are achieved, a 3 fold approach to the build will be applied.

  1. Passiv Haus Certification. The design will be analysed using Passiv Haus Institute Software to ensure that the buildings specification is optimised to consume the minimum amount of energy possible thereby eliminating the energy required by fossil fuels and minimising the energy to be created by renewable sources, ensuring that the house does not complete with other more pressing energy needs. Once the house is built it will be our aim to get it certified by the Passiv Haus Institute, Germany.
  2. A+ rated House. The design will be analysed using DEAP software to ensure that the running of the building will not contribute more CO2 to the environment than if it did not exist and it will even produce more energy than required, therefore exporting energy for other uses.
  3. Low Carbon Construction. All building materials and suppliers will be assessed to ensure that the construction of the buildings fabric contributes a minimal amount of CO2 to the environment and that even after construction the building will continue to absorb CO2.

Sustainable Building

Sustainable development is one of the greatest challenges facing society today. Buildings account for over 40% of energy consumption in Ireland therefore responsible for a large amount of CO2 production. As everybody worries about carbon taxes we must realise that CO2 reduction is only part of the necessary advancements to protect the environment.

With the building sector using 50% of material resources and producing 50% of national waste it is imperative that architects and planners adopt sustainable design as a guiding factor in the creation of the built environment. *Sustainable design is not about just trying to reduce the energy consumption, as many so called green buildings clain to do. Products and materials are selected based on their overall impact on the environment, from production and performance to toxicity and reusability. Indoor air quality is considered and products with harmfull off gasses are avoided.

The floor plans are generated to maximise solar gain. Living spaces are located to south, service rooms are located on the north with small openings. Passive House design ensures the elimination of a central heating system. Construction materials and details have been chosen to use recycled or renewable materials wherever possible.

*This data is taken from “Handbook of Sustainable Building” published by James and James. Sustainable design is always changing as more information becomes available. The above choices are based on current ideas and information, but can always be improved upon. “Cradle to Cradle” by William McDonough and Michael Braungart is an invaluable guide to sustainable principals. Thanks to Miles Sampson Architects for compiling all of the above.

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