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Eco Smart Passive Home

Buildin Elements U - Value < 0.18 W(m2K)
Thrombe Wall System
Thermo Syphon System
Mechnical Ventilation with heat recovery system
Energy efficient LED Lighting
Solar Thermal heating
Wood pellets boiler
Photo-voltanic and wind power generation system
Rain water harvesting system
Biological sewage treatment plan


  • The total energy demand for space heating and cooling is limited to 15 kWh/m2 per year used floor area.
  • The total primary energy consumption for all appliances (household electricity(, hot water as well as space heating and cooling is limted to 120kWh/m2 per year

A passive house has a high level of insulation with minimal thermal bridges, low infiltration and utilizes passive solar gains and heat recovery to accomplish these characteristics. Consquently renewable energy sources can be used to meet the resulting energy demand. With this criteria as a starting point, additional energy requirements may be completely covered using renewable energy sources.


Ireland is facing a number of serious challenges including rising energy costs and meeting our emissions obligations under the Kyoto protocol. These and other factors have given rise to fundamental rethink in the way we design, construct and operate buildings. As we move forward, it is becoming clear that building 'green' has evolved and is fast becoming the preferred choice, providing high quality, high efficiency, dynamic and cost effective solutions for consumers and businesses. The passive house is the ultimate low energy building. The passive house standard is recognized in Europe as the most advanced in terms of energy performance of buildings and going forward the European Commission is set on implementing the passive house standard and also on setting more stringent requirements for the refurbishment of existing buildings. Today, the passive house offers one of the most desirable technological and economical solutions for comfortable living and working. It can be applied to new and existing buildings in the commercial, industrial, public and residential sectors. With close to 10,000 passive houses built in Europe, this well proven and tested innovative standard is now attracting significant interest in Ireland with pioneers like ourselves in Eco Smart Design Ltd., Mos Art and Scandinavian Homes leading an emerging movement in the construction industry. In response to the need to educate professionals and their clients on how to design, specify and construct passive houses and facilitate the further development of this standard here in Ireland SEI commissioned 'Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Passive House Dwellings in Ireland'. These detailed guidelines for self-builders and architects focus on new build houses and cover both convential block construction and timber frame construction methods. They will ultimately become part of a suite of guidelines to cover, for example, multiple dwellings, non-residential buildings, extensions, renovations etc. The guidelines cover the rationale and definition of the passive house standard, how to design and specify a passive house along with, construction options, associated services, cost considerations and lifestyle issues. SEI hopes they will be useful in increasing awareness and understanding of the key principles and techniques in design, constructing and operating the ultimate low energy building - the passive house.



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