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Integrated Concrete Form (ICF) construction, Tipperary

Project overview:

Floor area 380m2, in Co. Tipperary supplied by Thermohouse in Killarney.
Compact P with Geo6 geothermal heat pump and underfloor heating.


 Products installed:
  • Nilan Compact P with Geo6 geothermal heat pump and underfloor heating

18th May 2015


It is only until now, after living in our ICF house for more than 2 years that I can really tell you (the facts) the huge benefits of this brilliant heating system. I spent ”allot of time” researching the different building and heating systems and I feel in the end it has really paid off. As an Engineer myself I wasn’t easily persuaded so I needed to find out the facts for myself… In the end I built a 380m2 (4090 square feet) ICF dormer house using the Thermohouse build (Killarney) and installed the Nilan Compact P with Geo6 geothermal heat pump and zoned underfloor heating system.


As I went the self-build route I did allot of the work myself even though this was totally new to me but I couldn’t have done this without the help of Maurice Falvey. Once we moved into the house we didn’t know ourselves. As we kept telling everyone ”it’s like living in a Hotel.’’


The comfort of having the whole house (every corner) at the same temperature was new to both of us. Having comfort with constant hot water 24/7 (without thermal solar panels). We had intended in building two chimneys, one for a stove and one for a fireplace in the sitting room but we didn’t fit either because there was no need even with a modern open plan design. We can go around the house in our bear feet and in tee’s no matter what time of year.


When it comes to running costs, the system really performed the way I was told it would. The first year cost us less than €400 for heating and hot water. Our only bill was the ESB bill which was €1,221.66 in total including the heating and hot water so there was no running out of oil/gas, no drawing in firewood and cleaning out ashes from the fireplace.


Our 2nd year the ESB cost €1,330.34 which included €469.39 for heating and constant hot water (this was due to the new arrival and boiling the kettle constantly….!) All in all I couldn’t be happier with the heating system and would definitely recommend it to anyone else doing a new build. It has created a warm, happy, and very healthy environment for me and our family. What more can you ask for.


Gary in Tipp