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The Abbeytown owners purchased a typical rural bungalow dwelling with some attic accommodation. The building was a very poor performing dwelling and the attic accommodation was below good practice for space and height. The owners required additional accommodation so in addition to a deep retrofit and reconfiguring the existing footprint, an extension to form dining and living accommodation was incorporated in the design. A new roof with two dormer windows was designed to the first floor for high-quality accommodation and a bathroom. The house location enjoys fantastic views to the rear towards Ben Bulben and Knocknarea mountains and to the south to the Ox Mountains. The windows are designed to enhance those views from within the dwelling. Daylight to the west and east is drawn into the extension to compensate for the fact the rear is a North facing façade. The project incorporated external insulation to the fabric, underfloor heating with a Heat Pump, triple glazed windows and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery to achieve a high A3 rating.

The Abbeytown project achieved an excellent A3 Building Energy Rating at 52 kWh/m2/yr.

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