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How We Built a Carbon Neutral Townhouse

How We Built a Carbon Neutral Townhouse

The Kingston’s and their ancestors (Sheehan’s) have been trading on Market Street in Killorglin since 1889. The term “carbon neutral” definitely didn’t feature back then; however, over the last 130+ years the business has changed and evolved. Initially a public house and drapery, you could come to Sheehan’s for a pint and also have a fine suit made for you upstairs. Today you can stay in our luxury boutique townhouse, and still enjoy a tipple in our traditional bar.

Air to Water Heating at Kingston's Boutique Townhouse Killorglin
Air to Water Heating at Kingston’s Boutique Townhouse Killorglin

When we were designing the townhouse it was very important to control our carbon footprint, and this theme is seen throughout the townhouse. The first big decision was to decide what will heat the townhouse? We decided to go with an air to water heating system and PV Solar Panels. These panels generate more energy than our output, therefore making us carbon neutral.

PV Solar Panels on the roof of Kingston's Boutique Townhouse
PV Solar Panels on the roof of Kingston’s Boutique Townhouse

Along with our rigid recycling policy, our shampoo and conditioner bottles used in all our bedrooms are 80% compostable (we looked far and wide for 100% compostable but couldn’t find them anywhere!).

In the bar you will find a wood pellet fueled stove, the pellets ensure every part of the tree are used, and are much more sustainable than using turf or coal.

Our efforts awarded us the 2019 “sustainable project of the year” in Irelands which was a great boost to all working in our Townhouse.

Every little bit helps……….

Green Technology Project of the Year for Kingston's Boutique Townhouse
Green Technology Project of the Year – Clash Plumbing and Heating for Kingston’s Boutique Townhouse