A Life Less Ordinary

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A 1940s semi-detached bungalow in Dundrum was given a super energy efficient Dalí-inspired make-over by design-conscious young couple John Healy and Ailish Gavin. A modest post-war bungalow with a G energy rating might not have been an obvious choice for a couple keen on modern design and energy efficiency, but John Healy and Ailish Gavin saw potential in the large … Read More

Studio Negri is Passive House Designer Certified

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Passive design is design that does not require mechanical heating or cooling. Instead they use nature for cooling and heating. Studio Negri were recently awarded certification in the design of passive houses, from the Passivhaus Institut, Darmstadt, Germany. Advantages of Passive Houses Increases natural comfort Reduces bills Decreases greenhouse gas emissions from heating, cooling, mechanical ventilation and lighting.   Passive … Read More

From G to A. Studio Negri retrofit gets A-Rating. What exactly is a BER Cert?

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Studio Negri Architects were recently granted a Building Enegry Rating certificate of A3 for the retrofit of a house in Dundrum, Co. Dublin. This house was the subject of RTE’s television show About the House shown on December 6th 2011. (You can watch Studio Negri on About the House) So what exactly is the Building Energy Rating system? Read on for more information…. … Read More

Wheelchair Accessibility and Retrofitting Homes: Grants and Funding in Ireland

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Retrofitting the architecture of an existing home can be expensive. But Ireland has various grants and funding options to make a home more disability-accessible. Wheelchair Accessibility Grants Ireland If it would cost over €6,000 to make your home suitable for someone with a disability or a mental health difficulty, you may be eligible for a means-testedHousing Adaptation Grant for People with a … Read More

Wheelchair Accessibility and Architecture: Principles of Universal Design

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The Seven Principles of Universal Design were developed in 1997 by a working group of architects, product designers, engineers and environmental design researchers in the North Carolina State University. Principles of universal design 1. Equitable use – the design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities 2. Flexibility in use – accommodating a wide range of individual preferences and abilities 3. Simple and … Read More

Energy Efficiency Tips for Eco-friendly households

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Many existing houses could be more energy efficient. Sustainable architecture in Ireland is not just about adding better insulation, using alternative fuel sources, or creating smarter exposure to natural light will all add to efficiency. These structural changes can be expensive. But there are options. The following tips will ensure that energy savings are possible without spending more money. HEATING 1. Lower … Read More

Le Corbusier’s Unité d’habitation Cité Radieuse

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Studio Negri recently visited Unité d’Habitation in Marseilles built between 1947-52. The twelve story apartment block for 1.600 people was built to meet a severe postwar housing shortage. Twenty-three different apartment configurations were provided to acccommodate single persons and families as large as ten, nearly all with double-height living rooms and the deep balconies that form the major external feature. Key features are Le Corbusier’s five … Read More

Natural Light and Sustainable Architecture

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The Pantheon allows sunlight to gently illuminate the floor below. Hadrian was aware of the effective and affective nature of the building. He wrote about the Pantheon that he had reconstructed in 126AD: My intentions had been that this sanctuary of All Gods should reproduce the likeness of the terrestrial globe and of the stellar sphere. The cupola revealed the sky through a great … Read More