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George’s Place, Social Housing Units, Dún Laoghaire

Location: George’s Place, Dún Laoghaire

Project overview:

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s recent development of twelve social housing units at George’s Place in Dún Laoghaire is just around the corner from the waterfront. It also lies at the intersection of a long list of diverse objectives, some of which give every appearance of being contradictory.


The houses are rapid build yet sufficiently well-built to have achieved an A1 BER. Full project details of this development as featured in Passive House Plus Magazine


Building: Scheme of 12 x 85 sqm social houses Location: Dún Laoghaire, Dublin Completed: 2018 Budget: €2.57m (ex VAT) Standard: Nearly zero energy buildings (NZEBs)
Up to €155 per year for space & water heating.


The fact that these houses were built for €249,000 (incl. VAT) each also gives the lie to the idea that a fabric-first, low energy build is an expensive build. And because each house carries an A1 BER, running costs for the tenants should not exceed €200 per year. Susan Corcoran points out that because we’ve had such a mild winter – so far at least – her house has not been seriously tested by the elements.


Indoor air temperature over the last eight months has remained steady, warm and comfortable. She likes the fact that she has constant hot water, that yearly maintenance of the system is built into her rent and that the controls for the Nilan Compact P combined heat pump and ventilation system are so easy to use.


“It’s a touch screen with an up and a down arrow,” she says. “Couldn’t be easier.”

 Products installed:
  • Nilan Compact P unit, which includes an exhaust air heat pump combined with passive heat recovery ventilatio