This spectacular home in Ireland is one of the first Passivhaus rated energy-efficient homes in the country that has exploited the use of large areas of glass.
Its huge panoramic windows maximise the view to the rolling landscape without compromising on thermal performance.
One particularly striking feature is the amount of natural wood on top of a storey made almost entirely of glass. The kitchen is housed in a floor-to-ceiling glass corner and ensures optimum light and view.
Reynaers at Home’s aluminium windows and doors were used, as these allow for large swathes of glass within slim frames. The CP 155-HI sliding glass doors can go up to an impressive 3m in height.
Designed by Architects Peter Legge Associates in Dublin and Fabricator Phoenix Aluminium Ltd, this home welcomes in maximum light, thanks to the large expanses of glass on opposing walls which offer unobstructed views.
CP 155 has inherent strength, which makes it possible to offer these very large dimensions – up to 3m in height and a maximum vent weight of 400kg. Thanks to the ‘High Insulation’ upgrade, the system can achieve superior insulation levels down to 1.07 W/m2K (Uf value). This results in a glazed element with insulation values lower than 1.0 W/m2K, allowing the CP 155-HI system, which is certified with a Minergie label, to be used in low-energy buildings.
The system is available with a low threshold option that creates perfect continuity between indoor and outdoor spaces, and improves accessibility to buildings.
John McComb, Technical Director at Reynaers, says: “Minergie is a sustainability label for new and refurbished buildings with a focus on a high level of comfort in the building.
“Minergie standards require high-grade, air-tight building envelopes and the continuous renewal of air in the building using an energy-efficient ventilation system.
“A number of our windows and doors systems have achieved this Minergie label: CP 155-LS/HI, CS 77 and CS 86-HV, meaning we can offer a complete solution for thermally efficient buildings.”
“Reynaers at Home is continually working to improve the U value of our range of aluminium windows and doors to ensure that they meet the increasing demands for energy efficiency and sustainability in construction.”
Reynaers at Home is a premium brand dedicated to offering the very best architectural glazing products and service to the discerning householder. For more information, see the website www.reynaersathome.co.uk
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