Summerisland in County Armagh is the expression of an idea that has taken shape over the years in the pages of this very magazine: the passive house as an ideal family dwelling. Situated on a rural site just west of Portadown, the plan was to, at once, resemble a traditional cluster of Irish farm buildings, while also offering a contemporary and light-filled living area – all while meeting stringent energy targets.
This Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies achieved its sustainability brief through adopting innovative design and construction principles to meet all three demanding standards of Passive House it acts as a demonstration building for the construction industry providing a sustainable, environmentally friendly, attractive and inspiring learning and working environment.
A new research centre in Northern Ireland could stake a claim as being one of the greenest buildings on these islands. Not only is it passive, it boasts a whole suite of ecological features, and aims to be at the cutting edge in the research and development of new sustainable and renewable technologies.
The ethos of the CREST centre is creating a sustainable technology research facility that can benefit others. The CREST Pavilion building has the purpose of being a demonstration building for the pioneering design principals and construction methods adopted in it. It is an exemplar working model for other construction schemes.
The Barn Studio was renovated by Architect Paul McAlister and every detail has been sympathetically considered. Macspec is a leading provider of bespoke staircases in the UK and Ireland specialising in metal staircases, balustrades and bespoke balconies.