Setanta Construction Ltd won the title of best Energy Efficient Project at the FMB Master Builder Awards for this modern farmhouse in Dunloy, County Antrim.
The build was designed to meet both PassivHaus and zero carbon standards, something achieved by only a handful of buildings in the UK. To reach the PassivHaus standard, Setanta had to undertake numerous tests and checks of the project's thermal performance and suitability, as well as measuring airtightness every hour for the entire duration of the project.
The finished result is a high-performing building, offering a healthy living space with much lower running costs than the average house. The inclusion of Photovoltaic solar panels means that the heating, hot water and lighting bills amount to zero, and even makes the home owner extra money, with a residual fund of £150.
The build had its fair share of challenges, with a six month deadline and a start date at the beginning of a particularly wet January meaning that the project had a slow start. One of the directors of Setanta, Mark Gribbin, explains the process:
"The client’s mortgage was significantly reduced prior to starting onsite, making it necessary to make changes to the brief to reduce costs without sacrificing any of the architectural integrity, floor space or performance. This was done by value engineering every thermal element and junction of the build, as well as the electrical and heating layouts and sourcing end of run items at a fraction of the original cost. This led to a very open and bilateral design process with our clients, meaning we bounced ideas around on construction methods, material selections and finer details of the design. We were both delighted with the final property, not only for its efficient qualities but the overall look and feel of the modern living space.”
Take a look at the Energy Efficient Project winner page here.