Striking low-energy mews house on-site in Clontarf

Striking low-energy mews house on-site in Clontarf

Low energy design-and-build company Ecohouse is currently on site with a new super low-energy house in Clontarf, designed by Ryan Lamb Architects.

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The house is of pre-engineered post-and-beam glulam construction, with structural insulated panels. It features a passive foundation system from Kore, triple-glazed alu-clad windows and doors, and a Nibe exhaust air heat recovery system that will provide space heating, hot water and ventilation. The dwelling will also feature a smart building management system that enables smartphone control of indoor heating, hot water and energy management.

The design is in the style of a contemporary mews house, in keeping with neighbouring properties. Situated on a quiet cul de sac, the house is laid out to take advantage of the southern aspect.

“This mews house is a simple white form set in a predominantly green site,” say Ryan Lamb Architects. “It is designed as a flexible space with the front living room capable of being converted into a bedroom with a direct connection to the generous ground floor bathroom. To the rear, an open plan kitchen, living and dining space opens out to the southfacing back garden.”

“On the first floor there are three bedrooms and a family bathroom. Roof lights and a sculpted interior create contemporary, well-lit spaces appropriate for a family home.”


Ecohouse is a new low energy design and build-service that employs a team of architects, engineers and builders, that constructs dwellings using its glulam timber frame system with structural insulated panels.

The company told Passive House Plus it can deliver turnkey passive houses, and that it offers fixed price contracts with “no hidden extra costs”.

Ecohouse’s showhouse at Horkans Garden Centre, Glen of the Downs, Bray, Co Wicklow, is open for viewing from 12pm to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:36