Construction has begun on the eight new energy-efficient homes in Carlow & Kilkenny that are part of the Interreg North-West Europe Housing 4.0 Energy (H4.0E) project. The pilot homes are apart of the overarching goal of the EU-funded H4.0E project to lower embodied emissions in house builds and, in time, reduce the cost of construction; this is done by utilising a Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) model and ensuring the houses are built to nZEB (near Zero Energy Building) standard by using prefabricated timber-frame closed panels or low-carbon GGBS cement composites and energy-saving efforts, like the installation of photovoltaic cables and heat pumps. The two-bedroom and single-bedroom houses are located in St Mary’s court in Carlow town, in Mullinivat and Graiguenamanagh (at the old Fire Station) in Co. Kilkenny.
A press release has been distributed across local media in the South East of Ireland; notably, through The Nationalist in Carlow and Kilkenny People in Kilkenny.
The press release can be found here on the 3 Counties Energy Agency (3CEA) website.