There are great celebrations at Lough Eske Castle this week after the CARA Organic Beauty Spa was named as Ulster’s Spa of the Year 2019.The award was announced at the Irish Tatler Spa Awards, which was attended by CARA Organic Beauty Spa Manager Haley O’Neill and Spa Therapist Caitriona O’Donnell, who accepted the prize on behalf of the whole talented team. Established in 2009, the Irish Tatler Spa Awards represent the highest national accolade for Ireland’s best spa and wellness destinations. The Irish Tatler Spa Awards set industry benchmarks in quality, aiming to encourage and celebrate excellence in Irish spa services and treatments.The Lough Eske Castle CARA Organic Beauty SpaDónal Cox, General Manager of Lough Eske Castle said “We are absolutely delighted for Haley, Caitriona and all the team here at CARA Organic Beauty Spa. “To receive an award like this is a great accolade and a result of the team’s hard work and devotion to all of our guests at CARA Organic Beauty Spa. The spa team work tirelessly to provide our guests with the best treatments and service possible, this great care and attention has been a major contribution to our continued success at the Irish Tatler Spa Awards.”The Thermal Suite at Lough Eske Castle Delight as Lough Eske Castle Spa is named Best in Ulster was last modified: September 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:awardscara organic beautyLough Eske CastleSpa
The official unveiling this week of the KB Home GreenHouse: An Idea Home Created with Martha Stewart was preceded by a months-long drumroll touting its virtues: energy-efficient yet affordable, and, of course, representative of Stewart’s notions of comfort and style.Judging from the photos of the 2,700-sq.-ft. house — which opened for tours on Wednesday to participants at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida — it does seem to deliver solidly on the traditional, Stewart-inspired styling and amenities found in many communities built by KB Home, which has had a marketing alliance with Stewart for some years. But the advertised energy efficiency of the house — net zero energy — is new to KB Home, which, along with Pulte Homes, topped a recent survey by Calvert Investments, a specialist in socially responsible investing, intended to rank the green practices of the nation’s 10 biggest publicly traded home builders.Adding insulation, increasing airtightnessThe thirteenth project in Builder Magazine’s Concept Home series, KB Home GreenHouse started attracting media attention last fall, while construction was still underway. KB combined the production-home strategies it uses to help control costs with techniques to increase the thermal resistance and airtightness of the concrete-block exterior walls and the roof, which includes a mix of concrete tile and, in some sections, photovoltaic tiles, plus a solar thermal system.The interior surfaces of the CMU walls were insulated with foam panels. The exterior surfaces were covered with housewrap and topped with fiber cement siding. The roof was insulated with open-cell foam. According to Concept Home videos about the project, the home’s HVAC system includes a heat-recovery ventilator as well as a highly efficient dehumidification system. GreenHouse is located in Windermere, not far from Orlando, which sees very mild winters, comfortably warm weather in the spring and most of the fall, and hot semi-tropical summers.As the first net-zero-energy home in the KB lineup — and as the main showcase for this product line — the company designed and built the house to qualify for a number of green-home credentials, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star and WaterSense labels, a LEED for Homes Platinum rating, and an Environments for Living green certification.Of the home’s $380,000 listing price, a premium of about $70,000 was spent to achieve net-zero-energy performance and the green-home labels mentioned above. A KB official noted that the price premium will shrink significantly as the company’s NZE category grows.