Connemara Passive House Retrofit
Cathal Stephens home owner and Architect

Any building, no matter how cold and draughty, no matter how remote, can be improved to world-class energy performance, as an upgraded and extended Donegal cottage dating back to the 1800s proves.

In planning the refurbishment and extension of his nineteenth century cottage, architect Cathal Stephens set himself an ambitious challenge; to bring the entire structure to passive house standards. In the process, he has blended air-tightness, super-insulation and a range of renewable technologies to create what is highly likely to be a net energy positive house.

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