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    • #709428
      Maria
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      I got good advice here before on trying to maintain sash windows so thought I’d ask again for thoughts and advice.

      We’re thinking of moving from north inner city Dublin from a 100 year old (small but beautifully formed) house with lovely original features and sash windows, to the eco village in Cloughjordan and building a timber frame house or fully passive house. We haven’t a clue how to go about it and are just starting to look into it but wondered if anyone who has had experience of sustainable options in building would be interested in sharing their thoughts/experience/advice.

      We’re hoping to hold on to aforementioned red brick terrace in Dublin as a fall back if we can’t hack country living so this impacts greatly on our budget. Can you build a semi detached 4 bedroomed sustainable house for €200,000?

      Any thoughts or comments appreciated.

    • #789502
      Anonymous
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      semi – detached?

    • #789503
      Anonymous
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      yep we’ve been told its possible to build them semi detached which is what we need for the sites we’re looking at. the site is next to one other and you build sympathetic with your neighbour,s design.

    • #789504
      Anonymous
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      Semi detached is a good idea. It will dramtically improve fabric and infiltration losses.
      If this is what you are thinking of doing you need to get intouch with a consultant, with a background in the area. Then you need to decide which parts of the design are the most sustainabile/energy saving. Decide which areas you need to improve, and which areas are possibly not worth it, even in the long run.

    • #789505
      Anonymous
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      I think you may be right re consultant, we’ve only just started to scratch the surface of research into options and we’re already confused and feeling way out of our depth! I think if we’re to build with our current budget (if that is possible at all) we will need to do as you suggest and look at what is feasible and what elements we can’t achieve.

      From what we’ve seen the finished product is fantastic but how to get there is the very confusing bit for people with no experience of a self build.

    • #789506
      Anonymous
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      You probably know about this but if not…

      http://www.passivhaus.org.uk/

      might be useful

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