The lucky winner, Moninne Agnew had, over the years, re-decorated the interior of her home to look stylish and be very comfortable. But comfort is more than just a nice floor covering and a squashy sofa because whilst her home looked good, in the energy stakes it was a very poor performer indeed with a BER rating of ‘F’.
Looking for ideas and help to improve things, Moninne visited the SelfBuild & Improve Your Home Show at Citywest in Dublin last September where she entered a competition for a fabulous prize of €10,000 donated by the organisers, SelfBuild Ireland Ltd., for the winner to spend on building materials towards either a home improvement or self-build project. “If I hadn’t won I never would have done the work,” Moninne explained. “There was a lot of insulation needed and of course that’s not something you can do piecemeal, like the interiors.”
Moninne contacted a company she had met at the Show and they swung into action by helping her to find Registered contractors and alerting her to the financial help available for projects such as hers. Indeed, the whole process was very smooth as the team processed the grant application through SEAI on her behalf.
The main house was built in 1959 with solid walls and an extension added in 1994 is of cavity construction. With the prize money and grants, Moninne was able to have these solid walls insulated externally whilst the cavity in the extension was fully filled and all walls were finished with a sand based acrylic render to give a uniform look. Internally, the front roofspace insulation was upgraded to bring it up to current Building Regulations standard, in addition all the exposed pipework, water tank and access hatch were insulated.
The rear flat roofed section had given Moninne problems in the past with leakages so the advice was to completely remove it and replace with a new roof, with which she agreed. It was all insulated and finished off with new lead flashing to the chimney and valleys and weather sealed back under the existing pitched roof. Moninne is delighted with the way the house not only looks but performs as well, not to mention the savings she will make on her energy bills. The house is now an excellent ‘C3’ rating and Moninne is in the happy position of having a house that was built in the mid twentieth century but is as good as any newbuild today.
Project co-ordinator: Kingspan Retrofit, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan tel. 042 9754 626 www.kingspanretrofit.ie
External insulation works: Pw Thermal Building Solutions Ltd., from Eco Thermal Homes, Dublin 24 tel. 02 420 1771 www.pwthermalsolutions.com
Pumped cavity insulation: 360 Insulations Ltd., Clara, Co Offaly tel. 083 3551 795 www.360insulations.com
Attic & flat roof insulation: Eco Thermal Homes as above.