Zero carbon home in Co Antrim

This zero carbon home in Co Antrim benefited from a government grant and a big investment in insulation and airtightness.

In this article we cover:

  • Weighing up renovating the house or knocking down to rebuild
  • Choosing timber frame and how the process went for them
  • Working with an architect on the design
  • What the decision process was like
  • Project management and what the day to day was like during the build
  • Why they chose to go zero carbon and what it means to them
  • Choice of heating system and ventilation system
  • Full details of photovoltaic (PV) system with costs
  • Kitchen design with tips for storage
  • Garden design
  • Interior design choices
  • Full specification and supplier list

House size: 165sqm/ 1,850sqft
Plot size: 630sqm / 6,800sqft
Build cost: approx. £90/sqft including high specification envelope, finishes, demolition of existing building and external landscaping/planting
Construction: timber frame
EPC rating before installation of PV panels: A (93)


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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