Ireland’s Building Energy Rating (BER) – The Results So Far

Building Energy Ratings (BER) have been with us for quite a while at this stage. Since 2009, every property for sale or rent must have a BER certificate. Since 2007, those building their own homes have need a BER before moving in. In that time, there have been a lot of assessments, a lot of results and a lot of laminated certificates filed away in the drawer (you know that drawer… the one where we used to keep the plastic bag stash). So, how did we all do? What’s the pass/fail rate like? Well, I guess you can’t really ‘fail’ the BER – it’s the taking part that counts, really. With well over half a million BER assessments conducted to date, read on to have a look at some of the interesting results. Continue reading

Building A Home : How Your Site Will Influence Your House Design

The Plot Thickens

I’m about to become an expert in my field. The little piece of the field that we’re hoping to turn into a home. The site, or plot, has been bought and now it’s time to start the process of converting it into a house.  So what is it that we should be doing? What are the kind of things you need to keep in mind when you’re at this very early stage of your house build? How will your site influence the design of your home? Here are some of the things that may help you think about your house design from the ground up.

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