Durkan to break ground on 47 Killiney passive houses
Durkan Residential are set to break ground this month on one of Ireland’s largest passive house schemes to date, Rockfield. Situated on Church Road, Killiney, the scheme will comprise 47 units, including 15 generously proportioned 171 m2 houses, 16 duplexes averaging 115 m2, and 16 ground floor units averaging 80 m2 each.
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Durkan Residential director Barry Durkan told Passive House Plus all units would be passive house certified as standard, with buyers given the option of upgrading to a PV and storage solution as an extra to attain net zero living within the development.
Durkan said the firm was hoping to offer green mortgages for the homes and to team up with an energy supplier to offer more favourable rates for buyers.
Designed by McCullough Mulvin Architects and with passive house consultancy from MosArt, the new development is intended to appeal primarily to career professionals and first-time buyers within the area, along with families and trader downers looking to live in a healthier, more efficient home.
According to Durkan, the scheme’s sustainability goes beyond energy efficiency. “We will be upcycling felled trees into new playground equipment and crushing and reusing rock as excavated for use within the development,” he said. The scheme will also feature sedum roofs and extensive soft landscaping, supporting biodiversity and enabling stormwater attenuation.
The homes will be built using single leaf masonry, insulated externally, and brick slips, with Durkan Residential partners Ecofix acting as specialist external insulation and airtightness contractors. Ecofix worked with Durkan Residential on Ireland’s largest passive house scheme to date, the 59-unit third phase of Silken Park in City West.