Please take the time to visit a nearly zero energy or low energy building in Wicklow or elsewhere in Ireland from 13th – 15th November 2015 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) during the NZEB Open Doors Ireland 2015 event.

During this weekend, visitors will have the opportunity to visit some of the best examples of low or nearly zero energy houses and public/ commercial buildings in Ireland.

The NZEB Open Doors Ireland event will overlap with the International Passive House Days and the NZEB organisers are working with the Passive House Association of Ireland to jointly promote both events.

Booking places for the visits will be available on their website Nearly Zero Energy Buildings from mid October 2015.

As NZEB Open Doors is seen as playing an important national role in promoting the NZEB standard in Ireland in a practical and tangible way SEAI will be supporting the 2015 NZEB Open Doors campaign.

Go to Nearly Zero Energy Buildings for details about this wonderful showcase of truly excellent houses.

Direct contact can be availed of by phone: 01 4548300 or email: at info@nzeb-opendoors.ie

Houses - Well Worth Visiting

Outstanding Houses – Well Worth Visiting

In Our Area – Just west of The Beehive – View 14th November 2015 14:00 to 16:00

The nearest NZEB house is that of Christian Osthoff, an active member of the Ballynagran Energy ⁺ Plus Group. Details of this house are available here    Christian’s House 

Christian Ostoff's House - Near the Beehive, Wicklow. Completed in Spring 2014.

Christian Ostoff’s House – Near the Beehive, Wicklow. Completed in Spring 2014.

Take southbound N11 Exit 18, go back across the motorway and follow the above map (click ?) .

Christian’s house will be available to view on : Saturday, 14 November, 2015 – 14:00 to 16:00

Self built and designed timber frame house - to the passive house standard

Self built and designed timber frame house – to the passive house standard

Irish grown cedar cladding, locally grown spruce beams, cellulose insulation in walls and roof

Irish grown cedar cladding, locally grown spruce beams, cellulose insulation in walls and roof

solar hot water, solar PV, wood burning boiler stove, HRV, triple glazed alu-clad windows and airtightness membrane

solar hot water, solar PV, wood burning boiler stove, HRV, triple glazed alu-clad windows and airtightness membrane

This house is currently believed to be the most airtight house in Ireland at 0.11.

For visitors – sorry no children under 12 are allowed.

Please visit  this page in order to book a place to see Christian’s House that afternoon.

It really is well worth a visit.

 Other Houses

To book a visit for the other houses, visit this page on the Nearly Zero Energy Buildings website, scroll down and select the building you wish to visit where an event is advertised, click on Subscribe and then Enter your details.

You will get an email confimation of your booking.

That site will then send you with a second reminder email two days before the event confirming the exact address and how to find the building.

If you click on a county in the map, all buildings participating in that county will be shown.

The Eco Village in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary will arrange multiple visits to several houses together.

All events are bookable through the Django’s Hostel events listing under Visit a Building.

There are lots of videos online that explore the concept of Nearly Zero Energy as practiced in Ireland and elsewhere and also videos of similar concepts in action. A selection is included below.


There was a NZEB symposium in Galway last August. Below are some videos of the proceedings.

The very best of luck. It is really worth your while going to see one of these outstanding buildings.

If you would like to participate as a visitor or an exhibitor in the 2015 Open Doors event, please
Email NZEB
or call them at 01 4548300.

Also, if you are interested in becoming a promotional sponsor for the event, please contact them directly at 01 4548300 to learn of their promotional packages.

View Way to Christian’s House from the Beehive in a larger map on the Google Platform
Directions – Be Patient! – Roadworks
Driving south on the N11, turn right opposite the Beehive Pub or driving north, turn left at the Beehive (opposite Wicklow town turn). Follow the road for about 3km till you go over a bridge on a slight right hand bend. About 150m after the bridge turn left up a lane (marked with a white toilet roll!). Follow signs for the property. If you are coming from Rathdrum, drive towards Glenealy and turn right at the Deputy’s Pass Junction. Follow this road till you get to a T-junction, turn left and drive about 400m. Turn right up a lane marked with a toilet roll! Follow signs for the property.

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