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Nordica 125 passive house, single storey with shadingbox and PV solar built in Galway

#321 Nordica 125

  • Passive house
  • Single storey
  • With shadingbox
  • With PV solar panels
  • Built in Galway



#322 N135-35-IPG passive house with Scandinavian Homes new higher wall, 35°roof-pitch



#322 Nordica 135

  • Passive house
  • New higher wall:       1 and 3/4 storey
  • 35° roof-pitch
  • Built near Limerick




#323 A135-40-DJB  L-shaped single storey house with local stone cladded gables.


#323 Atlantica 136

  • Passive house
  • Single storey
  • 40° roof-pitch
  • Garage / carport
  • Built near Tipperary



324 H138-35-RSK spacious Hibernia with upstairs and open entrance.




#324 Hibernia 138

  • Passive house
  • 1 and 1/2 storey
  • 35° roof-pitch
  • Open entrance porch
  • Built near Kells
  • Real quarry slates



#325 Atlantica 61 single storey extension to old house.

#325 Atlantica 61

  • Passive house
  • Single storey
  • 40° roof-pitch
  • Extension to old stone house.

HOUSES BUILT DURING 2018- 2019- 2020 HOUSE #312 TO #327

Many new Scandinavian Homes passive houses are being built all over the country now.  Below you can see some pictures.

We plan to open our office for limited number of visitors in a few weeks. Meanwhile, email or ring us to plan your own new passive home.

Atlantica 41 planning exempt extension as grannie flat attached to a Hibernia 164

#312  Atlantica 41

Built as a grannie-flat adjacent to an older Hibernia 164.

Timber exterior single storey with 30 degree roof pitch.



Atlantica 131 traditional cottage.


#313  Atlantica 131

Single storey. Vaulted ceiling in main body and large L-extension

Atlantica 131 traditional barged gables with vaulted ceiling in main part.









Nordica 94 with adjoining garage. Timber framed super passive specification.



#314  Nordica 94

40 degree roof with converted upstairs and garage attached.



Baltica 122-45 with single storey grannie flat in the L-extension. Super passive.



#315  Baltica 122

45 degree roof with upstairs and single storey L-extension used as a grannie-flat.



Hibernia 189 single storey with recessed veranda with wooden cladding. Super passive specification.



#316  Hibernia 189

Single storey super-passive family home with recessed veranda featuring wood cladding.

Kitchen in a passive Hibernia 189






Hibernia 154 passive house


#317  Hibernia 154-35 open layout with mezzanine upstairs.

Hibernia 154 partially open to upstairs mezzanine






Super passive Nordica timber framed house with new high walls and extra specious upstairs.



#318  Nordica 115

New higher walls withing higher passive truss gives a very spacious upstairs at minimal cost.


Baltica 90 normal roof with traditional features built next to an old farm-shed.



#319  Baltica 90

Built together with old farm-shed. New high wall for very spacious upstairs.




Baltica 99 single storey passive home. Includes a small L-extension as a warm entrance porch.



#320  Baltica 99-35

Single storey with traditional entrance porch. Part of the heated envelope





Welcome back another day to see more recently built passive houses by Scandinavian homes:

#321  Nordica 125 passive 3 bedroom house.

#322 Nordica 135

#323  Atlancica 136

#324  Hibernia 138

#325  Atlantica 61

#326  Baltica 108

#327  Nordica 125


Cedar panels with the attractive deep reddish colour have been popular in Ireland for about 15 years now.

Cedar cladded extension to Hibernia in Sweden. If you like this, be aware! It is quite expensive! It takes a lot of skilled maintenance to keep the warm beauty of new freshly oiled cedar panels.

But how well does cedar look after a few years in our maritime climate?

Untreated cedar panels at square dormer of a Nordica 125 in Galway.









We did a small testA piece of cedar panel was left out in the sun and rain for 1 month. The darker sections were treated with our clear and un-pigmented Jupex 45 tung-oil. We also tried our competitor Owatrol’s oil. They all seem to work reasonably well, the wood has a darker attractive red glow.

BUT the disturbing result is the cracking that appeared in the untreated cedar panel test board; After only 1 month cracks appeared where not treated with protective oil. The Irish weather with lots of sunshine AND lots of rain work like a rapid ageing test station.

By comparison, look at the grey timber of the decking behind the sample cedar board. This is 14 year old pine decking at our office. Oiled with pigmented Jupex 45 three  times in 14 years. Still pretty good.

17 year old Scandinavian homes timber pine external panel treated with Jupex 45 tung oil in Galway

The other attractive look of cedar, the aged silver grey look, is hard to get in our damp climate. In dry climates it is easy, just leave the cedar alone and it will become silver grey, just like an old barn in Siberia. But we are not in Siberia or dry Wyoming. We are in rainy Ireland and here it will go black from lichens and algae!

The problem is that by applying too much protective oil it goes even more black!

Some suppliers sell ageing agents to make the fresh cedar go grey faster. But how does that treatment prevent cracking?

This is as grey as pine becomes near the polar circle in the middle of Sweden after 150 years. Grey but also black. Light silver grey will only develop in really really dry and cold places like Siberia.



Our conclusion is that it must be better to use our standard treated scots-pine boards instead of the 4 times more expensive cedar panels in Ireland. 


#311 HIBERNIA 113 with 35 degrees ROOF-PITCH

Another extremely energy- and cost- efficient Hibernia 113 built. This time in Claregalway.  House #311 from start in 1991. Spacious 5 bedroom family home with 2 bathrooms, family room, utility room, larder, as well as large open plan living-kitchen-dining area.

Passive roof truss with room for 400-600 mm of blown in cellulose insulation

#311 Hibernia 113 after 3 days of construction

Hibernia 113 passive house 5 hours after starting erection.

#311 H113 trailer loaded


Our most energy and price efficient shape is the almost square Hibernia 113 with upstairs conversion. Almost magic – it looks so small and still contains 5 spacious bedrooms, larder, utility and all the rest in an open generous layout.

H113 compact five bedroom home in Wicklow on first day of building

Inside a Scandinavian Homes passive house at 3rd day of construction. Insulated foundation and shell plus some materials.

Radon barrier sealed to 110mm sewerpipe by Scandinavian Homes foundation experts in our super-insulated concrete foundation.

Trailer at Scandinavian Homes factory with the complete H113 house including most materials.

#310 H113/35 passive home in Wicklow


#309 N115 in Ballina, Co.Mayo.

Only 145mm of Rockwool insulation comes from factory. This saves on transport. Another 70 to 190 mm of insulation is added on site to the inside of the walls. We call this passive and super passive upgrade. (Referring to the 145mm wall used by Scandinavian Homes since 1990 in Ireland)

Nordica 115 with 40° roof and upstairs conversion.

The doors are locked in the evening of the first day of construction. 3 days later the house -shell is built with felted roof ready.

Nordica 115 passive house in Ballina

















Articulated trailer filled up with batts of Rockwool

Massive amounts of Rockwool insulation for passive upgrade of walls for house in Athboy

insulation at Scandinavian Homes house factory.

Concrete raft foundation with 280mm of polystyrene insulation under the concrete.

280 mm of polystyrene insulation in passive foundation.




House # 308: passive Nordica 125 with extra high walls, 35 degree roof and a square dormer built near Athboy

Nordica 125 passive foundation, walls, roof, windows and doors.





Hi all and sorry for such infrequent updates.                                                                  We are too busy building new houses is the excuse.. ..

Newsletter #13 is out, and I attach it here for all to see:  Newsletter No 13, May 2018   


Don’t forget to look into our web-pages now and then; 

Here all new houses are shown first. This May we will reach a total of 310 houses built. Most of them in Ireland. Here are a few pictures of the construction of house #307;

35° roof, plastered exterior, slated roof and part of walls to make house appear smaller.              Two balconies and one veranda at the front.                                                                                      Recessed sliding glass sections protected from the sun to prevent over heating. 

House #307;    Draget 244;   Large 2.5 storey house designed by our customer.                                Built by Scandinavian Homes in Salthill, Galway


Draget we call a two -storey Hibernia in our internal language.                                                                  This one has a converted attic as well, so we have 3 floors in this roomy family home.


GMIT energy engineering

GMIT energy engineering students 31 October 2017 with Lars Pettersson. Topic of the day: heating of high performance and passive houses Location: Scandinavian homes passive house Moycullen, Galway


Energy engineers find the most efficient and sustainable way to power our homes.

GMIT Galway Mayo Institute of Technology


Next week GMIT’s Energy engineering students of 2017 with Dr John Lohan are visiting Scandinavian Homes passive house in Galway. This year we are focusing on:

A) Classic reduction of energy usage (passive house)

B) Heating alternatives in super efficient houses.

C) Are the laws and regulations beneficial or destructive?

D) PV solar for heat or Air-to water heatpump or stove or what combination.