Ep65 – Passive house retrofit in Co Monaghan

Barry McCarron, Chairman of the Passive House Association of Ireland, chats about doing up his family to make it energy efficient, including:

  • Going from a bungalow to an A rated home
  • Cost details and how it compared to building new
  • What is the fabric first approach
  • What are the main types of insulation? Where are each best used?
  • How much insulation is enough: cost optimal amount to install
  • Why is airtightness important?
  • How to install insulation and airtightness correctly
  • The benefits of following a set standard like the passive house standard
  • What the future of house building and retrofitting looks like

More about the project here: selfbuild.ie/project/passive-house-retrofit-monaghan/

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Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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