Winter 2019

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As of the 1st of November 2019 you will have to build your home in ROI to an A2 Building Energy Rating standard as opposed to the 2011 requirement of an A3. Best practice has in many ways become mandatory. Full details p84.

In fact quality control is at the heart of this new set of regulations, indirectly recognising the inherent failings of ROI’s privatised building control system.

Sadly the government doesn’t seem convinced self-builds should be inspected by local authorities; not only that, the Department of Housing is thinking of axing the opt out provision (see p10) which would increase professional fees for self-builders with little benefit in return.

Instead the government will continue to rely on the private sector, riddled with conflicts of interest, to carry out building control inspections.

Case in point is an Irish Times investigative report into the failings of the opt in system, a system whereby the Assigned Certifiers in charge of building control are paid, and can readily be fired by, the developers they work for (more details on p10).

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Projects

Crafted – A lot of thought went into the design of this Co Laois project, which paid off with the planners and during the construction phase.

Modernist twist – An architectural delight in the heart of Co Down.

Against the clock – Returning home from holiday to a flooded house was the opportunity to tackle a much dreamed of renovation in Co Meath.

Value added – A Co Antrim renovation that added not just monetary value but quality of life.

It’s payback time – An energy positive new build with heat pump and PV panels in Co Antrim.

Enduring holiday – A modest holiday bungalow in Co Waterford gets an architectural facelift.

 

Basics

Stoves – The only way to get a live flame in an energy efficient house.

Chimneys and flues – Nowadays chimneys are an aesthetic addition to the modern home, built to hide the stove’s flue. Here’s a guide to their construction.

Cold water supply – How to control water quality and pressure from the mains water supply. The only way to get a live flame in an energy efficient house.

Chimneys and flues – Nowadays chimneys are an aesthetic addition to the modern home, built to hide the stove’s flue. Here’s a guide to their construction.

Cold water supply – How to control water quality and pressure from the mains water supply.

 

Advice

Selfbuild Live Dublin – See what you missed at the biggest and the best home event in Dublin this past September.

What NZEB means for you – The new building regulations coming into force on the 1st of November are sowing confusion; we dispel myths and present the facts.

NGround source heat pumps – An overview and comparison with air source.

Hedging our bets – How small particles released by the burning of peat, coal and wood, are making us sick.

How much will your roof cost? – Part four in our series of drawing up a cost plan for your self-build.

Winter propagation – How to successfully harvest and plant hardwood and root cuttings.

Scrapbook – Living room lighting options.

 

Inside Track

INSIDER NEWS – Latest products and services for self-builders.

Exhaust air heat pumps – What they are and why they’re becoming popular in low energy buildings.

Green Mortgages – The green mortgage is here and Bank of Ireland’s Brian Vaughan runs us through the specifics.

GDBYD goes digital – Dial Before You Dig by Gas Networks Ireland is now accessible online – find out what information is available.

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