The Rediscovery Centre, the National Centre for the Circular Economy, has undergone a major green energy revamp and through the integration of renewable technology, has transformed into a state-of-the-art eco facility.

Results

  • €6,300

    savings per annum
  • 28%

    reduction in total energy consumption
  • 50%

    grant funding through SEAI

Key Achievements

Renewable Technology Installed

Installed an air source heat pump along and 6 kW of solar PV panels

Enhanced Visitor Experience

The comfort of the space has improved significantly, and they can now deliver events for larger numbers

Renewable Electricity Generation

Increased onsite renewable electricity generation by 7%  

The Project

The Rediscovery Centre is a creative movement connecting people, ideas and resources for greener, low carbon living. The main building in Ballymun, North Dublin was refurbished to A2 level in 2017 but the smaller ‘reservoir’ building, previously the tanks that held the water for the 1960’s district heating system, was left undeveloped and in need of an energy efficient retrofit to bring it up to the same level of energy efficiency. 

The Rediscovery Centre partnered with Ringsend Irishtown Sustainable Energy Community (RISEC) for the 2019 SEAI communities grant application. They were able to bring their expertise in community engagement and environmental awareness to the project.   

The first step for the eco-centre was to carry out a feasibility study to assess installation costs, projected energy savings and to develop a road map for the project. The project co-ordinator, Arden Energy, prepared a detailed specification and estimated budget which was required for Board approval. This provided the necessary confidence that the project was technically and financially viable. 

The reservoir was fitted with high levels of internal insulation to reduce heat loss and heat demand. An Air source heat pump was installed to provide the required heating and energy efficient LED lights were installed to reduce electricity consumption. In addition, 6 kW of solar PV was installed to increase the level of onsite renewable electricity generation at the centre. 

"This is a great way to embark on an energy efficiency project. The match funding ensures that you can afford to complete the work to the highest possible standard. The support and advice provided through the Sustainable Energy Community was invaluable,” says Dr. Sarah Miller, CEO of the Rediscovery Centre.

Benefits

After adjustment for occupancy, the project resulted in a 28% reduction in total energy consumption and increased the onsite renewable generation by 7% of total electricity consumption. 

The usability and comfort of the space has improved significantly and resulted in the creation of an entirely new, flexible community building. The retrofit has allowed them to run up to 4 educational/community workshops simultaneously, to deliver events for larger numbers and provide alternative customer offerings due to the flexible nature of the building.Collectively, this will allow them to increase visitor numbers, enhance visitor experience and expand target audience.

Funding

As a community-based, not for profit organisation, the Rediscovery Centre was eligible for 50% grant funding through SEAI’s Community Grant scheme. The receipt of the grant was critical to the decision to proceed with the project.