2020 Award Winners

The RIAI’s 2020 Awards crowned Culligan Architects and A2 Architects in the Living category.

The Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland recognised a project in Co Dublin and another in Co Galway at this year’s awards, which were announced on their website today (20th October 2020).

The two projects are listed below.

In, On and Over the Earth

Architect: A2 Architects

Photography: Marie-Louise Halpenny

Location: Clifden, Galway

A House, Coach House & Garden

Architect: Culligan Architects

Photography: Alice Clancy

Location: County Dublin

German-Irish Chamber of Commerce Awards

Meanwhile, in another part of the virtual world, a Co Kildare home won Best Retrofit at the Energy Efficiency Awards hosted by the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce.

The awards ceremony, held in October virtually, aimed to recognise German companies that have successfully implemented innovative energy efficient technologies in Irish buildings.

Lunos, a German company that manufactures decentralised ventilation systems, represented this project in the awards.

The building is a 300-year-old farmhouse bought in 2009 that was upgraded from a G building energy rating to an A rating.

The renovation and extension project, completed in 2016, includes the addition of an 18kW air source heat pump and a tailored decentralised ventilation system with heat recovery.

The heat pump supplier estimates the energy bills to be less than €700 per year, and the final efficiency rate of the ventilation system is 85 per cent, as per Passive House Institute calculations.


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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