Why has there only been a move towards energy efficiency this in the last few years or so?
Why have builders only discovered insulation (proper levels) in recent times?
I’m just amazed at the crap housing stock we have in this regard.
I have to admit before I bought I was a bit ignorant to this area - I think for any FTB it’s well worth reading up in this area.
Stuff like massive holes in the walls with non closable vents really is shocking - yet you look at the bedrooms of lots of the housing stock and you see them.
Someone else made the point on another thread made that buyers, particularly FTBer’s massively underestimate a good Ber (for all its limitations), and I couldn’t agree more.
While there are diminishing returns as you go further up the BER/improvements ladder - I wouldn’t fancy living in any less than a D for any length of time and there can be very significant costs upgrading. Yet there are houses less than 10 years old that fall into this category - crazy really.
Retrofitting airtightness seems to be next to impossible unless you’ve a huge budget.
Even now it seems people don’t have a clue - you have posters on boards.ie building new houses to an airtight standard then putting in wall or window vents rather than a mhrv system.
Why do we not (try) future proof houses rather than just build them for ‘now’.
Yes I have experience of these modern poorly insulated buildings. My previous place was a duplex built in the mid-2000s and had a BER of B2 yet behind the plasterboard of the bedroom walls, there were gaps to the outside world in which you could stick your hands through. The bedrooms were 3 storeys up so very exposed to the elements and would regularly become mouldy - all the neighbours had the same issue.
I got an air to water system last November and have been very happy with it. The brand was Thermia. Round the clock hot water is costing me around 12 - 15 euro per month in the summer. The best thing is that you never run out again. I had gas previously and it was costing me around €3,000 over the winter months.
I sold an apartment a while back that was listed (but didn’t know a BER wasn’t required so waste of money). Anyway, the walls were really thick & it got the worst rating despite being really cosy, warm in winter & cool in summer. It had storage heating & the walls went against it! It had insulation, double glazing etc so I was v surprised at the result.
We now have a house with a basement bedroom & we need those vents (that don’t close- got 2 put in) for ventilation - still would prefer better air exchange but window faces the road so don’t like opening it much.
Building insulation standards have been jacked up for last 20 years. There is only a certain este you can force the industry up without effectively doubling prices and putting half the industry out of business at the same time. Irish standards compare favourably with other european countries and i suspect the world.
Enforcement especially during the boom was an issue-but one that has been somewhat now addressed-though arguably not in the best way
I saw someone on the pin complaining/wondering if foreign architects can práctica un ireland, the answer is yes and no, depending con what you mean, but the no is because ubique standards are very difficult for an outside person to máster on their own. One can’t have it both ways.