High Performance Homes from O’Leary Building Services

29 Jul , 2021  

Celebrating 21 years in business, O’Leary Building & ICF Contractors (O’Leary Building Services) in Newmarket, Co. Cork has earned an enviable reputation for building beautiful High Performance Homes in the Munster region.

Specialising in new builds, ICF wall systems, groundworks, roofing, extensions and renovations, O’Leary Building & ICF Contractors is fronted by Danny O’Leary, who has a wealth of experience in the construction industry and is passionate about delivering energy efficient and high performance homes. O’Leary Building has been a sole agent and installer of Altherm Ireland ICF wall systems for Cork, Kerry and Limerick since 2018, but Danny’s work is by no means confined to these counties.

“We’ve supplied and installed ICF in new homes for customers as far away as New Ross in Co. Wexford,” he explains.

“I have 10 years’ experience working with ICF and we are proud to represent Altherm, who are the leading manufacturers of ICF, in my region. The Altherm ICF System is a modern method of construction that helps us to build better, more comfortable and energy efficient homes faster than traditional block-built homes.

“While we mostly specialise in full builds, we also offer a full construction and maintenance service which includes extensions and renovations.”

Superior workmanship, attention to detail, value-for-money and a commitment to working closely with clients to deliver total satisfaction are the hallmarks of O’Leary Building & ICF Contractors. Health & Safety is at the core of the business, and never more so than in this COVID-19 age. From concept to completion, Danny and his team are with you every step of the way, ensuring that your new project is designed and built to your specific needs, and that there are no hidden or extra costs involved.

Whether your next project is a new build, extension or renovation, O’Leary Building & ICF Contractors’ one-stop shop approach will ensure that both the design and building processes are smooth, comfortable and hassle-free. The north Cork contractor’s reputation for quality construction and ability to complete projects on time and within the agreed budget is borne out by the high volume of repeat business and referrals it receives from satisfied clients.

“We strive to deliver top quality workmanship with projects completed on time and within budget,” Danny says.

“I personally have a love for what we do and would like to think this is something that is reflected in our projects. We understand that building a home is the most significant investment a client will ever make. We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver homes of the highest build quality to ensure our client’s satisfaction. We achieve this through a hands-on approach on each project.

“We provide an exceptional, thorough and adaptable building service.”

The three main services provided by O’Leary Building & ICF Contractors are supply and installation of ICF systems for new homes, High Performance Home building envelope and full build. The contractor’s High Performance energy efficient homes are significantly cheaper to run than a traditional built house. They have superior comfort levels and incorporate modern build technologies which are typically at least 30% more efficient than a traditional built house. Danny and his team can provide a complete project-managed service tailored to your new build requirements from structure only to builders’ finish, right through to complete turnkey solution and anything in between.

Through the application of innovative building materials and air filtration systems (HRV) along with effective building techniques, every homeowner can have the home of their dreams without huge expense.

The building envelope consists of foundations, wall structure (including ICF Super Structure System), roof and glazing. A building constructed using ICF will achieve far higher thermal, sound and fire performance standards than traditional construction methods such as block or timber frame, and at a much lower cost for comparable performance than any other building system available today.

Without a well-insulated roof, a large amount of energy can be lost due to simple scientific principles. Therefore, it is important that your roof is just as efficient or more, than the rest of your structure. Traditional cut roofs work extremely well if insulated completely and are fully air-tight. SIP Structural Insulated Panels not only provide excellent insulation value for the roof of your home, but also enable easy construction of flat roofs and vaulted spaces since they do not require the traditional trusses of a conventional roof.

Other key areas of the build envelope in a High Performance Home include glazing, air-tightness, HRV systems and heating systems. High Performance Homes offer bright fresh comfortable living spaces, especially if open plan, a lifetime of saving on your energy bills which benefit the environment, constant supply of warm filtered fresh air and increased resale value for your new home.

O’Leary Building & ICF Contractors have recently completed new builds in Ballydesmond (dormer) and Rathcormac (two-storey) and are currently constructing another two-storey home in Ovens.

Danny has put together a small, but highly-skilled and experienced team to deliver a cohesive approach on every project they take on.

“Apart from the plumbing and electrical, which we mainly sub-contract to Energywise Ireland, we do the rest ourselves. By employing highly-skilled people, working closely with architects and engineers, and using only the very best building products, we’re able to deliver the highest quality construction to our clients,” he says.

Danny, who receives great support from his wife Marie, started out as a labourer before becoming a carpenter and roofer. He is very much a hands-on builder who oversees and coordinates activities across all projects being constructed by his company.

Danny would like to take this opportunity to thank his clients and suppliers for their continued support, as well as his staff for their hard work, dedication and expertise.

Here’s to the next 21 years!

O’Leary Building & ICF Contractors (O’Leary Building Services)



Co. Cork.

Telephone: 087 0516016

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.olbs.ie

This article was published in Building Ireland Magazine, May, Vol 7 No 5