A countryside carbon neutral home

A husband and wife team leads this architectural practice; it’s therefore no wonder they built themselves a carbon neutral home – replete with photovoltaic roof slates – to reflect their contemporary style and countryside location…

In this article we cover:

  • The design of a carbon neutral home in Co Armagh
  • Design for winter snugness and no summer overheating
  • Photovoltaic (PV) roof slates and external zinc sheeting
  • Traditional courtyard layout with a modern edge
  • How to inject fun into the design with the tower and design details like nooks
  • Details of natural materials, including cost effective use of timber to save on finishing costs
  • Details of L shaped plan
  • Utility room as cool larder space
  • Double height ceilings and icture window details
  • Outbuildings including garage
  • Wood pellet boiler and stoves
  • Rainwater harvesting and garden design
  • House build cost


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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