Castletownshend, Co. Cork
Our client in Cork, a freelance environmental journalist, was looking to build a low energy dwelling for his family. The house design features a vaulted ceiling and split levels and was built to A1 standard. The ground floor measures 160 M2 and the first-floor measures 120 M2. Thermohouse supplied all external and internal ICF walls and a low energy roof system. The house was erected by a contractor appointed by the client and Thermohouse provided technical assistance.
Christy Collins & Sons Construction Ltd.
About: The construction company based in Co. Cork, was established over a decade ago. It is principally involved in the construction of residential buildings and civil engineering works.
“On the performance of the house I have to say we are very pleased thus far. At the outset I should point out that the house was built to A1 standard – Thermohouse ICF envelope including Thermohouse roof system, passive standard triple glazed windows and doors throughout, Heat recovery ventilation system and we also have a double sided 12 KW stove in our main living area. To underline the performance of the house since we moved in April we have no other space heating requirement bar the stove throughout the whole house. When this is mentioned to people they find it very hard to believe but it is a fact and we are living proof.
If I was asked what attributes most to the performance of the house I would say the Thermohouse roofing system. If you look at pics of the roof (bar south facing) you will see that the snow is continuing to stay on the roof as the heat is being retained by the Thermoroof. In a conventional roof the snow would have melted due to heat loss. I would also have to say that getting the sealing mechanism and avoidance of cold bridging in your windows and doors is another critical component in the performance.”