West Cork Passive House

Wain Morehead Architects are the brains behind some of the most beautiful Passive House buildings in Ireland.

We will let them describe this Passive House building to you in their own words - "The wild, rugged and exposed locale of Kilkilleen, in Ireland’s West Cork is home to this recently completed Certified Passive House dwelling. It is located on an elevated coastal site of exceptional natural beauty overlooking Roaring Water Bay. The architectural strategy was to design an energy-efficient family home, which responded to both the existing topography of the site and which took full advantage of the panoramic views from it."

According to the database website, this project is somewhat unusual in that it has integrated stack ventilation to permit far more glazing than would normally be expected in a Passive House, allowing the dwelling to respond to the wonderful coastal views. Hot water is largely generated by the exhaust air through a heat pump, supplemented by a geothermal system and PV. The overhangs in this windy environment are the result of diaphragm timber construction, permitting slender profiles with excellent thermal bridge performance.

More images and details about this Passive House can be found in the Passive House database or on the architects' website.

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Exterior view of the West Cork Passive House.