As of July 2012, we have 50 homes eith fully built or close to completion.

All homes are being built according to the Village Ecological Charter, a ground-breaking document setting out the necessary standards in green building and energy efficiency.

With a helping hand from our Construction Management Team, site-holders are taking a strong role in designing and constructing their own homes. On site we have self-builders, members taking on a subcontracting role, and larger contractors delivering a turn-key home.

Find out more about our low-cost house coop with Dominic Stevens here


  timber frame house

lime hemp terrace

The design of the ecovillage emerged from a collaborative process involving the ecovillage residents and master architect Brian O'Brien of Solearth. In this process, residents looked at how to plan their future community by using the 'Planning for Real' process of community collaboration.

Ecovillage sites are laid out on an east to west axis to ensure that houses enjoy the benefits of passive solar heating. Many of the designs reflect this solar advantage by including considerable glazing to the south and minimising windows to the north. 

The design of houses involves residents working together to create a coherent style within each area or cluster. There's more design flexibility for detached sites, a few of which are still available. The ecovillage has also commissioned various ecological architects to design some homes to full planning permission and some of these are still available for sale.

Build Methods

The Ecovillage demonstrates a wide variety of build methods, including passive house timber frame, lime-hemp and cob construction. The Village has the first lime-hemp construction used on a large-scale housing project in Ireland.

Each member decides on the material composition of their home, in line with planning permission and the Village Ecological Charter.

Lime-hemp house hemp build

Current build methods used:

Houses completed or under construction

  • Certified passive house timber frame
  • Durisol block, lime hemp render render
  • Low-energy Austrian house
  • 32-bed Eco-hostel
  • Low-energy timber frame, timber cladding
  • Terrace of 3 houses, timber frame and lime & hemp internal and external
  • Low-energy timber frame
  • All cedar house, recycled newspaper insulation
  • Timber frame and loose hemp insulation semi, clay hemp plaster
  • Timber frame and loose hemp insulation semi, clay hemp plaster
  • Durisol and lime hemp house, bakery attached
  • Hemp crete house, eco-slate, local timber finishings
  • Low-energy timber frame
  • Hemp crete house
  • Low-energy timber frame
  • Scandavian passive house
  • Timber frame, corrugated roof, lime & hemp render semi
  • Timber frame, corrugated roof, lime & hemp render semi
  • Hemp crete house

  • All cedar house
  • Durisol A rated semi, eco-slate, lime & hemp render
  • Durisol A rated semi, eco-slate, lime & hemp render
  • Timber frame, lime and hemp plaster, Irish cedar cladding
  • Timber frame, cedar cladding, cellulose insulation, cob, seedum roof
  • Durisol external wall, clay and hemp internal walls, lime and hemp render, eco-slate
  • I-beam, recycled glass and lime plaster house
  • Rammed earth and lime hemp house
  • Timber frame with micro- reed bed grey water run-off
  • Curved cob house using hand applied and non-mechanical clay/straw mix, eco-slate
  • Hemp-crete house with lime & hemp render, clay hemp internal plaster
  • Timber frame, sheeps wool insulation, cedar clad house and work unit
  • Timber frame, corrugated roof, cedar clad semi
  • Rammed earth and lime hemp house
  • Hemp crete semi
  • Timber frame, sheeps wool, lime & hemp external, clay & hemp internal, zinc dome
  • Curved cob house
  • Low-energy double frame timber house
  • Eco- Enterprise Centre

For a more detailed look at  some of the variety of builds that are taking place, or completed, in the Ecovillage, see our Case Studies.

Self-build or Contractors

Pat Malone's self-build Residents are opting to build their homes in different ways. Some employ a contractor to to manage and oversee their build from start to finish. Others are choosing to project manage their build and employ sub-contractors to reduce costs. More adventurous members are taking a complete hands-on approach to building their own homes, often working in cooperation with other self-builders.