In this weeks local paper the Nenagh Guardian published a great article on our Farmhouse in Co. Tipperary building project which has been selected by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland RIAI Awards Exhibition. The link between natural materials, conservation and sustainability is described nicely.

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The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland have just held their annual award for architecture and have featured in it a farmhouse building project in Ballyhogan, Nenagh designed by architect Patti O’Neill MRIAI.

Ms O’Neill was selected for the RIAI Awards Exhibition in the category of Sustainability. “It’s very exciting to get this recognition particularly for a building in rural Co. Tipperary – it’s like the Oscars for architecture!” says Patti.

Doing up an old house is the most sustainable and environmentally friendly way we can build, she says.

She adds: “This farmhouse project is a protected structure and had been standing idle for over 30 years.

“It has been brought back to life through our conservation approach with natural material.

“The extension is also entirely of natural materials such as foam glass gravel for the foundations and monolithic clay blocks for the walls.

“All these materials are breathable as well as others such as sheepswool & woodfibre board insulation in the roof, lime render plasters and salvaged timber floors.

“Even the paint for the interiors is natural made without micro-plastics bonding agents.”

Ms O’Neill says many of these natural building products carry out multiple functions to create a breathable healthy living environment whilst also being ecologically sustainable products that don’t leave mountains of waste for the next generations.”