Energy efficient contemporary family home in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland in collaboration with Alan Mee Architects.
This new home is located in the Wicklow Mountains and was designed around the spectacular views of both the Great Sugar Loaf and the Little Sugar Loaf mountains. Passive solar design makes the most of solar gain to the south and minimises the size of window opening on the north facade. Circulation spaces are on the cooler northern side of the home.
This home was constructed in timber frame with a high level of energy efficient constructions and services. The walls were finished in a mixture of materials including granite from the site and contrasting smooth rendered fibre cement boards. The detailed design paid particular attention to reducing thermal bridging. These potential “cold bridges” if not considered carefully can cause unnecessary heat loss where there is a localised weakness in the thermal envelope of the building. This project was completed in 2014 and was a collaboration with Alan Mee Architects.