Energy Sustainability in the Built Environment Award

Winner – Department of Education and Skills

Company Profile

The Department of Education and Skills is a department of the Irish state with responsibility for education and training. The Planning and Building Unit within the Department is responsible for the provision of educational accommodation to set standards through technical specifications and overseeing the delivery of the Department’s Capital Programme.

Project Information

Colaiste Choilm is a three storey low energy sustainable Post Primary School research project and is one of 40 different research strands in the Departments energy research programme which commenced in 1997. Sustainable design and technologies will be tested on this site and positive outcomes will be incorporated into the departments Technical Guidance Documents (TGD) for all future post primary schools. The key driver of the project is to reduce energy consumption in the school and all new built Post Primary Schools.  The monitoring system installed in the school uses extensive sub metering with all energy sources of interest, separately metered. Overall the project provides a quality sustainable educational facility appropriate to its user’s requirements and researches reliable low energy design solutions and renewables in a Post Primary School. The project saw an energy reduction of 39% and achieved an A2 BER.

Judges Description

‘‘The Department of Education & Skills has used Colaiste Choilm post primary school as a research project. Future new sustainable design for schools will use the results from this model to incorporate the positive outcomes into the Departments TGD for all future post primary schools.’’

 

Highly Commended – Dublin Fire Brigade

Company Profile

Dublin Fire Brigade is the largest fulltime brigade in the country with over 1000 personnel. There are 12 full-time stations and 2 retained stations these being located in north county Dublin at Skerries and Balbriggan.

Project Information

Neil McCabe has written and implemented the Green Plan for Dublin Fire Brigade. This project is based on actions that took place at Kilbarrack Fire Station, the World’s first Carbon Neutral Fire Station. The focus was to decrease the energy spend and decarbonise as much as possible. The project has taken a holistic approach to the Fire Stations as an exemplar retrofit process across the following seven themes: Energy: Water: Waste: Biodiversity: Transport: Society: Procurement. Achievements include a 90% reduction in water consumption and more than 80% reduction in energy consumption.

Judges Description

‘‘Neill McCabe is a full-time fireman in Kilbarrack Fire Station and has demonstrated a self-learnt and in-depth knowledge of energy conservation and sustainability. He has undertaken extensive research in these subject areas. Neill is using the Kilbarrack fire station as a test bed, he has achieved significant reduction in the amount of energy used by the Kilbarrack fire station and the money saved has been ring-fenced and re-invested in the fire station. He has proved that his Green Plan works.’’

 
 
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