The NZEB new build

Arthur and Aoife Lambert self-built their Co Meath home in 2020, beating the minimum requirements of the building regulations with panache. 

With a background in construction, Arthur decided to project manage the build himself and the first step, after securing planning permission, was to work out the construction drawings.  

     He did this collaboratively with his insulation supplier’s technical team and his own energy consultant. The aim? Minimise thermal bridging and ensure continuity of insulation.


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

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