A SuperHome is an energy efficient home that has implemented all the cost effective and sensible energy measures. These include insulation, air tightness and advanced ventilation. Heat and hot water is provided by renewable energy technologies such as solar photovoltaic panels and heat pumps.
Yvonne Doyle’s detached four-bedroom family home that she and her husband built near Templemore, Co Tipperary, in 2004, was never warm enough in winter. The small sitting room with sunroom was off limits unless the fire was on, and the guest bedroom above was always cold.
The house was draughty from a warped front-door, two open fireplaces, worn window seals and poorly sealed down-lighters. There was some dampness in the main bathroom and the small sitting room, as well as a build up of condensation. The original 200mm attic insulation was inconsistent.
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