The house is in the red zone of Dublin Airport with jets landing and taking off 170m overhead! The old farmhouse has been swamped by urban sprawl over a couple of decades; the new house is in the orchard adjacent, surrounded by the M2 motorway and associated overpass. All this contributes to huge noise/vibration impacts, dust and air pollution. Noise is dealt with by mass, in the intensive heavy earth roof and glazing systems deliberately designed to mitigate sound transmission; the pyramid shape reflects noise away from the building and site and is economic. The Eco specification includes timber frame cellulose insulation etc.
This house was featured on RTE's About The House. You can see it by clicking here.