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ISOVER Awards 2019 Honour Ireland’s Most Energy Efficient Buildings

The ISOVER Awards 2019 showcased and awarded the most energy efficient design and build projects from across Ireland, honouring Irish construction professionals who placed the green building agenda at the heart of their projects.

Simply Architecture was named Overall Winner & Designer of the Year 2019 for its residential project: The Fairways.

Cosgrave Developments was named Runner Up and Contractor of the Year for its Fairway Drive and Abbot Drive developments.

Simply Architecture with its new build residential project, The Fairways, Cork, has been named the winner of the 2019 Overall ISOVER Award, as well as Designer of the Year 2019, at the third ISOVER Awards.


Isover Awards 2019

Gareth Sullivan, Simply Architecture.

ISOVER Awards 2019 Overall Winner

According to the ISOVER Awards 2019 judging panel, the entry from Simply Architecture “Demonstrates the perfect way of doing things in terms of sustainability and design and showcases a stunning residential property that achieves the passive house standard. The design responds ingeniously to an extremely challenging suburban site to prove that world-class energy performance can be achieved with show-stopping aesthetics, utilising low embodied energy materials.”

The property is a one-off residential house in Douglas, Co Cork. The project team found a steeply sloping site, previously a builder’s yard, traversed by three wayleaves. It looked implausible; three wayleaves ensured only a small wedge in the corner of the site could be developed, and the steep slope made access difficult. The planning authority placed restrictions on the ridge height and south facing windows to prevent overlooking. The house design is, therefore, a response to a variety of obstacles. Given the unusual shape and the steep slope, aesthetics, orientation and access all became issues that needed to be carefully considered. Additionally, the house achieved full passive house certification. The compact building form ensured the slope could be negotiated quite efficiently and south facing, high-level windows provide sufficient solar gain while avoiding any overlooking issues.

The Fairways by Simply Architecture.

A Showcase of Energy Efficiency

Speaking on the impact outstanding energy efficient design and build in construction can have on reversing climate change, Brian Dolan, Managing Director, ISOVER in Ireland, said:

“Today, leaders in Ireland’s construction sector were celebrated and awarded for their world-class energy efficient building projects. All building professionals play a significant role in promoting the benefits of energy efficient buildings and thus have a crucial part in providing Ireland with a more energy efficient future. The ISOVER Awards showcase what excellence in energy efficient design and build looks like in 2019 and highlights the importance of continually striving to improve the energy performance of our buildings. It is crucial that we continue to take the energy efficient concept forward and continue to promote its benefits to individual homeowners and businesses.”

Patrick Bradley, one of the ISOVER Awards 2019 judges and former judge on ‘Home of the Year’ commented “The ISOVER Awards is a wonderful initiative which demonstrates the importance of prioritising energy efficiency in the construction industry. My fellow judges and I had very difficult decisions to make when selecting the winners of this year’s ISOVER Awards and we were incredibly impressed with the calibre of entries. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the winning projects.”

The ISOVER Awards 2019 Winners:

Designer and Contractor and of the Year

Overall Winner & Designer of the Year 2019 – Simply Architecture for The Fairways, Co Cork

Runner-Up and Contractor of the Year 2019 – Cosgrave Developments for Fairway Drive and Abbot Drive, Co Dublin


Excellence in Commercial New Build – Henry J Lyons for City Quay, Co Dublin

Excellence in Commercial Renovation – The Passivhaus Architecture Company for St Joseph’s Woollen Mills, Co Cork

Excellence in Residential New Build – Simply Architecture for The Fairways, Co Cork

Excellence in Residential Renovation – Low Energy Design for St. Bricin’s Park, Co Dublin


Excellence in Commercial New Build – Ceiling and Allied Ltd for Maldron Hotel, Co Cork

Excellence in Residential New Build – Cosgrave Developments for Fairway Drive & Abbot Drive, Co Dublin

Excellence in Residential Renovation – CHP Mechanical Services Ltd for Central Promenade, Co Down