Lawler Consulting was chosen as the engineer on record for the largest deep energy-saving retrofit project in the Republic of Ireland, Tom Johnson House, Beggars Bush Dublin 4.
Tom Johnson House, Beggars Bush Dublin 4 was selected as a Public Sector Retrofit Pathfinder Project and we are proud to have been appointed by the Office of Public Works (OPW ) to deliver this high-profile project.
Tom Johnson House Deep Retrofit
Public Sector Retrofit Pathfinder Project
The National Recovery and Resilience Plan recently published by the Government identifies advancing the green transition as a top priority and allocated funding towards decarbonising projects such as retrofitting of public accommodation. The OPW is deeply committed to helping advance sustainable solutions that mitigate climate change, including through the new Public Sector Retrofit Pathfinder Project as well as through the new Public Sector Innovation Fund project, which develops guidelines for deep energy renovation of historic public sector properties.
Historic Building Refurbishment
The refurbishment retained the existing 1970s structure, taking advantage of the energy already embedded in the concrete structure and brick external façade. By retaining and upgrading these resources rather than demolishing and rebuilding, the works will have significantly less impact on the carbon footprint of the building. Internally, the existing cellular office layout will be modified to a more open-plan arrangement – increasing the overall building occupancy – while the introduction of a new central floor void will create improved daylight and natural ventilation conditions.
The embedded carbon in the building’s existing structures will considerably mitigate the climate change impact of the investment when compared with any new-build option. The use of heat pump technology and the application of the OPW’s Green Procurement Policy will also mitigate the climate change impact of the project. All EU Regulatory requirements in relation to building material inputs, waste management, and the re-use and recycling of waste materials have been incorporated into the Project Works Requirements.
On completion of this deep retrofit project, Tom Johnson House will act as an exemplar in the transformation of existing buildings for future use. The building, which is currently occupied by the Labour Relations Commission and the Geological Survey of Ireland, will become the new headquarters of the Department of Environment, Climate & Communications (DECC).
BER Energy Rating Improvement of 85%
The original building constructed in c. 1975, would have had a ‘G’ BER rating. The refurbishment of Tom Johnson House will result in an ‘A2’ BER, representing a c. 85% reduction in primary energy use and will greatly extend the building’s useful life. A major facet of the project is that the existing State-owned building will not be demolished and replaced, instead, the design encompasses the re-use of the existing concrete structural frame, concrete floors, circulation cores/stairs, and external walls/external brickwork facades.
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The deep retrofit is funded by the EU Commission through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP).