These projects have included refurbishment works, heating and lighting upgrades and extensions to existing buildings.
The most substantial of these projects was for the EPQ Headquarters Building, a new 2,400m² building extension which was added to the existing headquarters office on the Johnstown Castle Campus. This new building was designed using passive design which substantially reduce the energy usage of the building.
The project also incorporated a new energy centre and refurbishment of existing building.
The strategy for the new extension was based on living up to the organisations air of environmental protection, boasting passive ventilation and lighting, a host of green technologies and a sustainable approach to landscaping.
The extension achieved an A3 rating for the BER with a CO2 Emission Factor of 0.23 and an overall BER for the facility of B1.
Active design elements comprised of:-
• Automated windows with EIB networked control system
• DALi lighting control system with energy efficient T5 fittings
• Building Energy Management System
• Heat recovery systems from comms room AC and ventilation systems
• Energy efficient lighting system.
Renewable energy systems included:-
• Biomass Boiler installation
• Photovoltaic installation
• Rain Water Harvesting
• Provision for future Wind turbines.