Ecohouse passive design & build service launches in Ireland
Ecohouse Developments, a new low energy design and build service, has launched in Ireland. The company employs a team of architects, engineers and builders, and can deliver turnkey passive houses to its clients, or simply build the principle passive structure if the client prefers.
Ecohouse says its turnkey solution allows for a fixed price contract, with no hidden extra costs. “We want to try to offer a passive house build for a conventional build price,” says company co-founder Terry Hutt.
Ecohouse can deliver both low energy and passive-certified homes, using its glulaminated timber frame system with structural insulated panels (SIPs).
Terry Hutt said that one of the main advantages of using glulam timber is its strength, and that there is no settling or twisting of the timber once the timber frame is erected. The company’s standard build system also includes a passive slab system, air-to-water heat pump, underfloor heating and heat recovery ventilation.
“We can apply our technology to any design be it a family home, an extension to an existing dwelling, a mobile holiday home or just a garden room at the back of your house,” he added.
Ecohouse has constructed a showhouse demonstrating its design and build capabilities, at Horkans Garden Centre, Glen of the Downs, Bray, Co Wicklow, which is open for viewing from 12pm to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday. For more information, see www.ecohouse.ie.