Solearth’s Airfield project has won the ‘Ecocem Green Building of Year’.
Solearth Architecture picked up the Ecocem Green Building Award at Green Awards for their recently completed Airfield Evolution project in Dundrum. The award is given to the most interesting sustainable building completed since 1st January 2013; Solearth fended off competition from the likes of Kavanagh Tuite’s UCD housing and Henry J Lyons’ Google offices to win. The holistic criteria include elements such as energy usage, materials, water usage, transport and social sustainability. It is Solearth’s third such win at the now annual awards.
Airfield is a 35-acre estate that has been open to the public since 1998; it is an area of pastureland, woodland and walled gardens into which a patchwork of buildings has been introduced focused on Airfield House itself. Airfield Trust was established with an educational and recreational remit provided through an environment connecting people and nature through the farm and gardens. To enhance the visitor experience and expand the facilities at Airfield a number of key spatial drivers have been put in place in this project of 3750sq.m completed in July 2013. The project is featured in the current issue of Architecture Ireland AI 273
Joseph Little Architects have won ‘The Green Residential Building’ award with a highly energy efficient extension and remodelling of a house in Ranelagh.
Joseph Little Architects say: “We’ve built the extension of low cost solid masonry, then filled the old cavity walls with bonded bead insulation, applied appropriate internal wall insulation to front wall and external wall insulation to the sides and rear of the extended house. The attic has been well insulated and new triple glazed windows installed. The ground floor has been remade of made up of salvaged parquet tiling on a concrete raft slab on 300mm EPS300. In addition the kitchen/dining family room has underfloor heating. These are the U-values achieved: front wall 0.23 W/sqm.K, side and rear walls 0.19 W/sqm.K, floor 0.11 W/sqm.K and roof 0.124W/sqmK. An impressive airtightness value has been achieved (2.5 M3/sqm.hr).” More information is on Joseph Little Architects