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A new era of passive homes - Wexford

Brian Meaney and Karen Daly's house was built in 2003. Typical of standards of building at that time, their house is poorly insulated and they suffer from a great deal of mould. They want to make their house warm and healthy for their three children and so are instructing OLS architects to bring their poorly performing house up to passive standards.

The PassivHaus institute, realizing that their Passive House criteria were unrealistically stringent for existing homes, brought out a new set of rules for retrofits called the Enerphit standard. These new criteria only came out this June, Brian and Karen are the very first people in Ireland to be doing this. How much easier will these new standards really make things? Will this mean that making your house passive becomes more accessible for everyone? We follow their story to find out.

This project is very much about changing the way your house feels. Whilst Brian and Karen will be giving a new lease of life to their house, there will not be any change to speak of in how the interior really looks. So within this building story, we will look at another homeowner who is changing just about everything to do with the interior of her house.

In Lucan, homeowner Caroline is not only extending but completely and utterly remodeling the interior of her home. We follow her interior designer, Catherine Crowe, as she shows us how to decorate a home, literally from the ground up.


Wexford Passive House Retrofit

Architect: Tracey Sludds, OLS Architects.
Ballina Upper,
Ballymurn,
Enniscorthy,
Co. Wexford.
Phone: +353 (0) 53 91 77840
Skype ID: OLS_Architects
Email: info@olsarchitects.ie
Website: www.olsarchitects.ie

Builder: Creedon Construction Ltd
11 Oldtown Drive,
Sallins Road,
Naas,
Co. Kildare
Phone: +353 (0)45 460 247
Mobile: +353 (0)87 966 6749
Email: Michael@creedonconstruction.ie
Website: www.creedonconstruction.ie

Certified Passive Windows: Thomás O'Reilly
Smart Win,
Unit 1,
B&C Kerlogue Business Park,
Drimnagh,
Co. Wexford
Phone: +353 (0)53 916 8094
Email: info@smartwin.ie
Website: www.smartwin.ie

External Insulation: Stephen Fitzpatrick
Smart Facades,
Turnpike Lane,
Ballymount,
Dublin 22
Phone: +353 (0)1 545 6819
LoCall: 1890 91 11 91
Email: sales@smartfacades.ie
Website: www.smartfacades.ie

Air Tightness Test:
Gavin Ó Sé, Greenbuild
Solas A, Fortchester, Inch, Co. Wexford
Phone: +353 (0)87 252 1032
Email: contact@greenbuild.ie
Website: www.greenbuild.ie

Air Tightness Test Equipment:
Reg Farrell Engineering Ltd,
Unit 19,
Oak Road Business Park,
Western Industrial Estate, Dublin 12
Phone: +353 (0)1 465 9010
Fax: +353 (0)1 465 9011
Email: antoinette@rfe.ie
Website: www.rfe.ie

Heating & Ventilation:
Damien Mullins, Heat Doc Ltd.,
Longgraigue,
Foulksmills,
Co. Wexford.
Phone: +353 (0)83 420 5665
Email: info@damienmullins.com
Website: www.damienmullins.com

LUCAN PROJECT:

Architect & Interior Designer:
Catherine Crowe & Denise O'Connor, Optimise Design
2nd floor,
13 upper Baggot street,
Dublin 4
Phone:01 2608788
Email: info@optimise-design.com
Website: www.optimise-design.com

Builder: Jimmy McCreesh
7 Redwood Rise Kilnamanagh,
Tallaght, Dublin 24
Phone: +353 (0)1 462 4608

Garden Landscape: Jer Moore Landscapes
Jer Moore Landscapes
Phone: +353 (0)1 627 6614
Mobile: +353 (0)87 239 4619
Email: info@jermoorelandscapes.ie
Website: www.jermoorelandscapes.ie

Kitchen: Newcastle Design
Charvey Way,
Rathnew,
Co. Wicklow
Phone: +353 (0)404 65000
Email: info@newcastledesign.ie
Website: www.newcastledesign.ie

Bathrooms:
Waterloo Bathrooms and Tiles
Phone: +353 (0)1 284 2100
Email: sales@waterloo.ie
Website: www.waterloo.ie

Cushions, Blinds and Fabrics:
Paula, KA International,
Blackrock, Dublin
Phone+ 353 (0)1 284 1146

Tiles:
TileStyle,
Ballymount Retail Centre,
Ballymount Road Upper,
Dublin 24
(Exit 10 off the M50)
Phone: +353 (0)1 855 5200
Email: info@tilestyle.ie
Website: www.tilestyle.ie

Upholstery:
Ambience Upholstery,
The Cottage,
Lacken,
Blessington,
Co. Wicklow
Phone: +353 (0)87 673 8230
Website: www.ambience-upholstry.com

Timber Floor:
Celticfloors,
Glenmore,
Ballymore Eustace,
Co. Kildare
Phone: +353 (0)45 865 924
Mobile: +353 (0)87 6688925

Lighting:
Lost Weekend,
25 Rockhill,
Main Street,
Blackrock,
Co. Dublin
Phone: +353 (0)1 275 5818
Fax: +353 (0)1 275 5818
Website: www.lostweekend.ie

Carpets:
The Natural Interior
143 Upper Leeson Street,
Dublin 4
Phone: +353 (0)1 613 6333
Fax: +353 (0)1 613 6320
Email: naturalflooringco@gmail.com
Website: www.naturalinterior.com

Interior Bespoke Cabinets:
Gerard Masterson
Phone: +353 (0)87 411 2163

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