Having done much research on self-build and eventually finding a place to build we thought it would be a good idea to avail of Reinco’s Consultancy Services. We found Eric Davidson’s consultation invaluable in helping us reach informed decisions and expectations on fundamental aspects of what we would ultimately be building.
Engaging such experience and expertise helps to eliminate much of the uncertainty that can come with building your own home and to an extent empowers you to know “what you are asking for” and why.
I cannot reccomend REINCO highly enough, no one should build a house without a consultation. It was by far the best decision we made in the build and has paid for itself many times over.
Eric was recommended to us by our architect at the very early planning stage of our self build. We were very confused as to which way to heat our new home. With the help and support of Eric we chose Geothermal. We have been in the house 3 years now and the output of our heating source has exceeded our expectations.
He played a significant role throughout in solving a lot of our queries and problems not only with heating and insulation but also a wide range of house issues throughout our self build journey. He was not only very supportive and knowledgeable but was one of the very few during this stressful time who you could get hold of easily and who always returned your call promptly. Would highly recommend!
Without doubt the best money spent on our renovation was to engage Reinco Consultancy. Eric was always available to answer questions throughout the project as unexpected problems arose, much more so than our architect or builder. He designed specific to our project and we saved money by avoiding incorrect systems. He has helped us create a beautiful home that is warm and very comfortable.
In 2012 we inherited the block shell of a 3000sq foot house. Thanks to Eric’s help we where able to adapt the existing structures and insulate the house maximising its energy efficiency.
We have now been living in the house for a year, it has cost £355 to heat and £43 for a years hot water. We couldn’t have managed these managed these figures without Eric’s help and encouragement throughout the build.
Eric was referred to us by a self-builder friend and we have been very grateful to have had Eric’s input on our self-build from an early stage through to completion. Eric has been a useful touchpoint on all things self-build but an invaluable advisor to us on our energy efficiency. Having done our own research on energy technologies, we found ourselves unsure of the best combination of these for our particular house design and Eric very ably guided us through the best options for us. Eric liaised with our architect, our structural engineer, Building Control, our contractor, the various tradesmen on site and suppliers along the way. As well as being a very amiable character, we found Eric a very efficient and competent advisor, with a full knowledge of the construction industry, promptly answering our queries and providing as much detail as we needed.
Now that we have been in our house for a year, we find it to be a very comfortable and secure house. The initial hefty outlay on the technologies has been worth it as the house is efficient to run. The background comfortable heat and fresh air is incomparable and the health benefits are clear for our family.
We would happily recommend Eric to anyone contemplating a self-build. Engage him early in your planning and keep him on throughout the build and you are sure to have a house that will last the test of time and money!
Despite an engineering and construction background, we were finding it very hard to distinguish between facts, opinions and sales pitches when it came to the most cost efficient and suitable means of building, insulating and heating our new home.
By chance I spotted Eric’s small advert in the self-build magazine, and after one phone call I knew that his impartial advice was a must before the build went any further. His comprehensive report provided a great template to complete the build with great regard for air tightness and insulation, but in a very cost effective way. His ongoing advice throughout the build has helped us to select what I would regard as some of the most professional contractors in their fields, as well as saving us his fee several times over.
We are very pleased with our results so far, and have had no hesitation in recommending Eric’s unique service to several friends and colleagues, even a large scale local project has been very pleased with the advice and input. The earlier that Eric becomes involved the more impact and savings that can be made, without his help I don’t think we would have been able to install heating, ventilation and comfort systems that would otherwise have been on our ‘dream home’ wish-list, but at sensible prices.
We are currently six months in our new home and with the help, knowledge and experience of REINCO comfortable living has been an amazing experience to date.”
We completed a 3600 sq ft new self build over a nineteen month period in the West of Ireland. We were pleasantly guided through this process by Eric Davidson from REINCO. He was recommended to us by a friend in the building industry currently living in North Down who had numerous positive encounters with Eric. We were extremely cost conscious and decided we were going to stick to a budget with the build, however reducing on-going running costs were also a priority for us. We wanted a comfortable home with low running costs. By consulting with Reinco we got just that!
At first I personally was of the opinion one could research energy efficiency and various heating systems on the internet, but we had no experience in this area. With good recommendations, years of experience and over 700 houses behind him, we decided Eric Davidson from REINCO was the man for us. There was a lot at stake and no room for error!
Initially we had a consultation on a green field site for a small fee where we were guided in the right direction in terms of Air-Tightness and a suitable heating system for us. We were then sent a detailed report for our records and also for our builders to refer to during the build. Our aim was to achieve total Air Tightness. We had un-limited contact with Eric during the build and he pleasantly guided us through every difficult situation! On request Eric also recommend excellent suppliers for our build. Hence receiving top quality products at competitive prices.
- Extremely comfortable home 24 – 7
- For an extra over all building, labour and material cost of €12,000 we have achieved heat running costs of €350 to date (6 months including winter period). We estimate €500 – €600 annually
- We have a labour free heat system in place (imperative to our circumstances)
The detailed knowledge and information you receive from REINCO is not provided to you initially from your Architect. Building a modern enery efficent home is not standard practice in this country so it brings many challenges which include financial challenges and negioting with people in the building industry. For a small fee REINCO will guide you in the right direction.
We would like to thank Eric Davidson for his contribution of knowledge and experience before and during our build. We do not plan to build again! We now know we would not have been able to coplete this project without REINCO
We retained Eric Davidson to advise us on the eco-sustainability and general construction of our house which we commenced building in 2015. We found Eric to be very knowledgeable in his advice and passionate about our project. He has been dealing with our contractors and ourselves in a straightforward and practical way, giving clear explanations to clarify his advice, and he is always open to considering alternative suggestions.
Our building project (2,800 sq. ft house in Westmeath) is now nearing completion and we are happy to say that it has been completely stress-free, and this is mainly due to Eric’s involvement. He has recommended various contractors to us for various aspects of the project and they have been extremely professional, accommodating and reasonably priced. He is engaging with all of our contractors in a straightforward and personable manner. We have told all of our contractors that they don’t have to please us – it’s Eric they have to please. By this we know that the construction and installation standards will be very high indeed! And that is the way our house has been built.
We wholeheartedly recommend Eric as an advisor for any construction project, large or small.
Nothing prepared us for the amount of conflicting advice we received when we began planning our build. We eventually decided that the only way to get impartial guidance was to pay for it and hire a professional. Word of mouth brought us into contact with Eric Davidson and we first spoke in November ’08. Six months later we finally started building. Eric’s advice has been absolutely crucial in every stage so far and will be right up until we move in. He has opened our eyes to how inefficient modern houses are built and has challenged the seemingly endless amount of bad habits that seem to be endemic within today’s building industry. Best of all, Eric remains in contact throughout the entire project which is invaluable in the many situations that crop up where decisions need to be made quickly on site. We simply couldn’t imagine doing this project without Eric’s guidance.
We have recently installed a biomass burner system to heat water for the wash down of production equipment. We began the process of choosing burner package with limited knowledge of biomass. We asked for quotes from a number of suppliers. When we started to receive quotes we quickly realised that there was a wide range of equipment and very different specifications.
We employed the services of Eric to act as our consultant on the project and help us draft up a tender document. His advice and support were invaluable throughout the process of assessing the tenders and meeting suppliers to identify the system that would best suit our needs. We are very happy with the new equipment, the installation and the service.
Eric Davidson of Reinco came to our attention when we were planning our new home build. He came recommended by our architect who in turn had used Eric’s services in the build of his own house. As with most home builds the bills start with land price, registry, auctioneers fees, taxes, architect, engineer, quantity surveyor etc. All of these bills before one brick is purchased.
It can be quite daunting watching money which had been reserved for landscaping, furniture etc disappear. So we were cautious about employing someone else for advice. However our architects praise of the money which Eric had saved him was so impressive, we decided to go ahead and arrange a meeting. Eric was punctual, polite and to the point. He painstakingly went through each aspect of our home and where savings could be made, where improvements were necessary and which companies he would recommend.
Eric’s particular strengths lie in the understanding of our buildings use. We needed heat all day, not just for an hour in the morning and in the evening. We wanted a cheap renewal, locally sourced, means of heating our home. We had some fixed ideas on which treatments we wanted and Eric patiently explained the new methods of installation, ventilation, and costings on each. We adamantly didn’t want underfloor heating as we always found it hot on the feet and chilly if turned down. We discovered that this was because frequently it is installed incorrectly.
During the boom years many skilled jobs were handed to the most inexperienced apprentices. Reinco’s report to us included a listing of skilled professionals who all pass Eric’s high standards. This made choosing sub contractors much easier for us. When we eventually narrowed the choice of builders to two, we brought Eric along to the final meeting before making our choice. It was particularly comforting to have someone there who understands all the terminology and was able to ask difficult questions on our behalf.
We found Eric’s expertise saved us a considerable amount of money and many mistakes were avoided. We would have purchased incorrectly in many of our insulation choices. Eric and our builder had a great relationship throughout the entire build. We requested Eric to make spot checks throughout the build of our house. This reassured us that everything was in fact being completed to our specifications. We cannot recommend Eric highly enough.
Two years after our initial home build meeting, we decided to renovate a small farmhouse for our business office. We again employed Eric. Some people would question this decision as we already had Eric’s previous report to hand. To use the same report for a completely different building would be to completely misunderstand the service Eric offers. The specifications for the use of the building are completely different so different heating systems are needed. The building is a renovation job not a green field site and comes with certain restrictions.
Immediately Eric spotted some things which our new architect failed to see and saved us the cost of his fee plus ensuring a better standard for our building. His fee was money well spent. Eric attends many conferences and trade shows and keeps his information completely up to date. Reassuringly he does not accept finders fees, back handers or commission from anyone or any product he recommends. He operates with compete integrity
Eric has proved to be an invaluable asset when planning our new build and in subsequent dealings with suppliers of renewable technologies. His experience has helped guide us through the maze of information and helped deliver a home we are very happy with.
With Eric Davidson’s unsurpassed knowledge of insulation systems and renewable energy technologies, a tailored solution was developed for our new build project. We now have a home that can be heated economically without costing the Earth
Eric Davidson gave us excellent advice and nothing was ever too much trouble. He provided a reliable follow up service and kept his word on each time frame he gave us – something which is essential when building a house. I would recommend Eric and have done so to many people. I am 100% pleased with the outcome and service. We have a well heated home, ample hot water supply and most importantly a pocket friendly heating system!
Eric Davidson gave us invaluable guidance at a time when we were overwhelmed by facts and figures. His knowledge and experience of insulation and renewable heating methods enabled us to make confident, informed choices for our individual build
Building a house and thinking of renewable energy? To maximise the benefits and minimise the costs both now and future running costs, you will need the expertise of someone who has wide and varied practical experience of designing and implementing such systems. Even though I thought I had carried out in depth research into using renewable energy efficiently Eric Davidson was able to point out a number of areas where significant additional benefits could be achieved for relatively small additional investment. His advice was invaluable.
With the plethora of systems out there I was overwhelmed and unsure as to whom to go with. Unfortunately when dealing with companies I found they want to sell their system and not necessarily the best solution for me, this was obvious from their conflicting information. Eric laid out the facts, specified the right system & whom to contact. Best money I have spent so far!
My fiancé and I are starting are our first, and hopefully our only self build, and honestly had no idea where to start with regards to insulation, heating systems etc. We met with Eric, who kindly visited our site in Mayo, and gave us excellent and impartial advice on how to proceed. We are building a house just over 3300 square foot, with 200mm cavity walls, and grey bead insulation.
Eric has helped us on sourcing suppliers for this. We are also going to use ground source heating, combined with underfloor heating and a heat recovery ventilation system.We have listened to everybody either loving or hating their systems, so it was great to get honest and impartial advice, which has given us clear focus on what we are trying to achieve with the build (even if it is raising a few eyebrows from builders along the way!) Hopefully we will reap the rewards of what we are putting into this, and it is great to know that Eric is only a phone call away should we need assistance….
There is a lot of information out there regarding energy efficiency in modern homes. Eric prioritised this information for me so I could spend my budget appropriately and effectively. He also provided unlimited and invaluable, online and phone support for the many queries I had during the build process. Building materials ( blocks / mortar / timber etc ) have not changed a great deal over the years. However the attention to detail required to make a modern, well insulated, airtight house and controlling the ventilation and heat recovery aspects is something which Eric understands and went to great lengths to educate me as to their importance.
It has been very enlightening for me to discover where to spend money effectively during the build process in order to minimise the long term running costs ( i.e., heating ) of my property.
All in all time & money well spent with Eric – before starting to build.
Eric’s reviewed our house plans and guided us through decisions, concerning heating, insulation, air tightness, ventilation and heat recovery, and rainwater recovery. He provided the sensible, balanced, detailed advice of someone who has long experience in the building industry. He reduced the stress of making decisions and made us more confident that we’ve done our best with the build. His advice is a best buy.
REINCO provided one of the most essential and best value services during the planning and construction of our new home. From our initial meeting, review of plans, site visits, inspections and ongoing support, Eric Davidson delivered a professional and friendly service at every stage. His no-nonsense but informative approach to the various tradesmen was also invaluable.
Eric’s knowledge in terms of independent product recommendation also saved us time and money whilst investigating what for most people are not the most exciting of new home products – insulation, boilers, solar panels, UFH, ventilation and heat recovery etc etc!
We all learnt a lot from his input on the project, which was reflected in the energy performance of the finished product:
- Air Tightness results exceeded even Reinco’s expectations.
- Whole house warm and comfortable to live in year round.
- Cost to integrate Eric’s recommendations minimal (less than 5% of overall build).
- Total heating and hot water cost during first full year 2011, less than £800 (gas boiler, solar thermal panels, block built 400m2).
A highly recommended service from a very knowledgeable, industry experienced professional.
Dr Steve Collins and his wife Claire are building a house into the side of a rocky mountain in West Cork.
We are in the middle of our self build in West Cork and Eric is an invaluable member of our team. At the start of the project, we discussed a plan for our needs and wants and he proposed excellent solutions to achieve these, all detailed in a comprehensive report, which I am referring to almost daily as the build progresses. He has been invaluable in helping us make choices between different suppliers and product brands, reviewing quotations and data sheets to be sure we have all the information we need to make an educated decision. This has potentially saved us thousands in remedial and repair work that might have been required in time to come, had we chosen inadequate products. He is on hand via phone and email to provide support and advice on the specifics of each element of the build. His response time is practically immediate, enabling us to make decisions quickly, never delaying the build. We are confident that we will end up with a fantastically comfortable house, that will last us long into the future and cost us very little to run. Every self builder should have Eric on board.
I was tasked by the local community with project managing an €800,000 Community/Heritage Centre new build. Prior to work commencing on the site, I visited numerous similar-sized projects in a number of other counties. There was one over-riding theme in all of the projects that I visited -that was, the astronomical sums of money being spent heating these buildings with oil. One particular centre in Donegal – their bill was €17,000/year for oil alone. I had done some online research of my own with regards to various types of heating systems and was overwhelmed by all the conflicting information.
Fortunately a local couple who were using the services of REINCO on their new self-build home recommended a meeting with Eric Davidson. On first meeting Eric, I was highly impressed by his knowledge regarding insulation, air-tightness and heating systems and his obvious passion and experience on renewable energy and every aspect of achieving a super- efficient low running cost comfortable building.
After our initial meeting, I was convinced that we needed Eric to guide us through the whole process.
Eric was only ever a phone call away day or night, always on hand to offer advice, allowing the project to progress within a scheduled timeframe. It was refreshing to work with someone who has a professional, practical, common sense, no-nonsense approach in an industry that’s becoming increasingly difficult for the novice to navigate.
The Sliabh Sneacht Centre has only recently opened and everyone who visits remarks on the comfort and cosiness of the building given it’s size, and the management/directors are very pleased with such low running costs. The Centre has been nominated for a national award in ‘’The Pride of Place Competition which will take place in Co. Clare. (Nov 2014) The judges remarked that the low carbon footprint of the building played a major part in the selection process.
I would strongly recommend to anyone out there considering embarking on a building project to first engage the services of Eric Davidson from REINCO regardless the size or scale of the project, it will be the best money ever spent.
(Kevin Doherty is a building contractor with 35 years experience!)
Kevin Doherty, Chairman/Project Manager, Sliabh Sneacht Community Heritage Centre
Thank you so much for all the vital information and helpful advice which you gave us in order to maximize the heating insulation and ventilation efficiency in our new house.
We are delighted with the result and know that we could never have achieved the high standards produced without you.
On a personal level, it was a pleasure meeting you. Your friendly patient attitude was greatly appreciated and it took much of the stress out of a challenging project.
I hope our paths cross again in future. We are truly indebted to you.