Groundwork’s – 3 weeks
James Kearney arrived on site on Monday 30th August along with his trusty helper Pavel and his nephew Brendan. James took everything in his stride and there was no problem that could not be overcome. He drove from Headford every day and I was amazed that in the 4 weeks he never once arrived on-site having forgotten something he needed for the day ahead. James oversaw the installation of our Sewage Treatment (Septec 2000) and Rainwater Harvesting System (Rainman) supplied by Shay Murtagh Ltd, Raharney, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Shay Muragh’s crew co-ordinated delivery and installation with James to ensure the preparation work was complete. Shay Murtagh’s technical team will be back onsite to commission both the Rainman and the Septec 2000 Systems once the house has mains supply of electricity.
James ensured that all measures were taken to ensure that all pipe/ducts etc were sealed appropriately for air-tightness. He was always available to discuss any concerns and offer advice. After 3 weeks grounds work were complete and on Monday 20th September James started constructing the raft on behalf of Scandinavian Homes.
Raft construction – 1 Week
The switch from digger and heavy equipment to the precision work involved in the raft was very noticeable. To see the raft start and complete in one week was extraordinary. The only problem encountered was a breakdown of one of the cement lorries on the Friday. This resulted in a setback of 5-6 hours and meant James had to work right through the night to complete the power-floating. Again there were no complaints, James and Brendan checked in to a local B&B and completed the power-floating at 5am.
House Erection – 2 Weeks
On Tuesday the 28th August 2010 at 6:30am the first lorry and the crane were on-site. Peter & John were also ready to start work. By lunch time all the external walls were in place. By 4pm the roof trusses were in-place. The progress was astonishing. At 6pm Peter handed me one of the keys to my house!! At 4pm on Thursday the 30th August the house was weather tight. Shell erection was complete by the end of the next week. I review the checklist with John and at it was time to complete my payments to Scandinavian Homes
Fit-Out – 8 weeks and continuing
On Monday 11th October Peter and John started work on the Fit-out. Peter, John and crew arrive on-site at 8am every morning. We cannot speak highly enough of these men. The pride they take in their work is second to none. The attention to detail is phenomenal. I told them that I was hoping to get our house certified by the Passive House Institute. A key requirement is achieving an air-tightness value of <0.6 ACH. John and Peter put in an extraordinary effort to ensure we met this. Ronan Rodgers of Energy Matters conducting the air permeability test on the 12th of November and we achieved a rating of 0.27 ACH far less that the Passive House requirement. This was down to the hard work, expertise and attention to detail by Peter and John. The quote from Ronan Rodgers said it all “Please see the attached Air Permeability and Thermography test report for your dwelling. The result is a truly excellent! It far exceeds any result I have ever tested.“
Today, 7th December our tiler started work. We have painted the first coat to three bedrooms. Extraordinary progress considering we have been held up a bit by the bad weather and only 14 weeks earlier we had a green field.