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SHOWS TINY HEATING BILLS Building this stylish south Dublin passive house, which recently picked up a Made in Germany energy efficiency award, demanded a steep learning curve, not least when it came to airtightness — but despite the struggles, it ultimately gave its owners their dream low energy home. Words: Des Crabbe, architectural technologist, OA Studios

I had the fortune of meeting my clients Niall and Monica Walsh through another low energy house that I was working on. They had a sketch floor plan produced by an architect and asked me to build their passive-certified dream home. The motivation to build to the passive standard came from the clients. It was based not just on environmental responsibility and the desire for an excellent indoor climate, but a wish to implement the highest standards of workmanship and detail. The passive house standard was a completely new concept to me, so it was my responsibility to get trained up on the theory as fast as possible. My steep learning curve continued through the construction stage as I project managed the build using direct labour. The planning authority, DĂşn Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, has a large emphasis on energy efficiency in buildings and minimising carbon emissions, and preferred existing building stock to be

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Passive house plus issue 10 (UK edition)  

Passive house plus issue 10 (UK edition)