The BBC Newsline team broadcast live from Millbay, just outside Kilkeel, to cover one of our rural houses which is currently under construction. This bespoke house is being built to an extremely high standard of thermal performance, indeed there is no requirement for the installation of a central heating system. The design combines to passive solar design principles with high thermal insulation, air tightness and mechanical ventilation to eliminate the need for fossil fuels.
This is just one of a number of our modern vernacular dwellings which have been approved under the new rural planning policy PPS21, responding to the site, it's context and the wider environmental issues.
We look forward to the completion of this house and monitoring it's performance in the future!