Get the recognition you deserve, showcase your unique low carbon approach to building design and construction. Apply now for the 'Buildings' Award in this years Sustainable Energy Awards.

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About the Award

This award celebrates sustainable and low carbon buildings that have demonstrated best practice in design, construction or operation. Applications are welcome from new build or substantial retrofit projects, in residential or commercial settings. Projects must be complete and buildings occupied.

Who should apply?

Applications are welcome from new build or substantial retrofit projects, in residential or commercial settings.

Previous project finalists under this category include:

Trinity College Dublin Business School

Trinity College Dublin Business School is a state-of-the-art development located in the historic campus in the heart of Dublin's city centre. The building has been designed to ensure it will operate on low energy and low maintenance principles throughout its lifespan. Energy reduction has been achieved through a combination of passive design features (natural ventilation and daylight) in conjunction with low-energy systems (displacement ventilation to auditorium etc.), supplemented by renewable technologies (Photovoltaic array), in order to achieve Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) performance. The building was also designed to incorporate a number of Green Walls to benefit from the environmental and psychological benefits generated by the micro-climates they create. 

Dublin City Council - St Bricin's Park, Block 2

Dublin City Council - St Bricin's Park, Block 2, is a Senior Citizen's apartment block situated in Arbour Hill, Dublin. It is one of the three blocks that complete this Social Housing scheme. These apartment blocks are typical two-storey bedsit blocks built in the 1960s. The existing bedsits were amalgamated into eleven apartments and a deep retrofit was carried out. The project achieved EnerPHit standard of a minimum 80% reduction in energy use and minimum 80% reduction of CO2 emissions. Sustainable energy features include insulation to the walls, ground floor and attics, triple glazed windows and doors, and the provision of heating, hot water, and heat recovery ventilation via an exhaust air to water heat pump.

Astellas Ireland (AICL) Kerry Plant

Astellas Ireland (AICL) Kerry Plant is a pharmaceutical company, manufacturing a range of treatments, including the immunosuppressant Prograf® which is supplied to 114 countries globally from Killorglin. The ARK (Astellas Renewal Kerry) building project included Energy Efficient Design principles and International design standard LEED. The project focused on building fabric with low U-values for windows, floors and walls between 30-50% below the regulation where feasible. The building includes innovative energy technologies and also includes PV panels on the roof and a solar thermal array. A full independent integrated energy model of the building was completed, showing energy cost savings of over 38% per annum and 950 tonnes of CO2.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLR)
A DLR objective is to meet energy and climate change targets. Another is to positively influence energy efficiency within the administrative area of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. The buildings at Georges Place, Dublin include 12 high quality 2 bed dwellings with front and rear garden space. The units were completed under a new rapid delivery work programme. This achieved the highest environmental standards with a BER of A1.

The Rediscovery Centre
The national centre for the circular economy with enterprises using waste and unwanted materials as a resource and raw material for new product design. The Rediscovery Centre is also home to an education department. It provides a variety of exciting and interactive workshops for children. The centre demonstrates best practice building design, construction and operation. It defines the building and environs as an educational tool to inspire, inform and lead positive behavioural change.

Eurotech Renewables
Eurotech Renewables are a sustainable heating solutions company. They are dedicated to providing low or zero carbon systems that eliminate fossil fuel dependency in heating systems. The energy upgrades at The Iveagh Garden Hotel and Monasterboyce Inn involved replacing oil and gas fired heating and air conditioning systems. This was in two old buildings, to achieve A3 ratings. Reducing the overall energy demand despite both buildings being extended by 25% and using recycled energy to deliver a sustainable result. Both of these projects have achieved Excellence in Energy Efficient Design (EXEED) certification as a result of the installation.

National Gallery of Ireland
The National Gallery of Ireland is Ireland’s major national cultural institution devoted to the collection and care of fine art. The Gallery employs more than 160 staff and provides free access to the public 361 days a year. The refurbishment of the historic wings of the National Gallery of Ireland. The addition of air conditioning offered one of the most complex engineering challenges undertaken on a building of its type. It required considerable innovation in the design, detail and co-ordination of services.

The Rediscovery centre is delighted to have won the Buildings Award. It really solidifies all the hard work we've done.
Grainne Lambert, Rediscovery Centre.

Application guidelines

  1. Please submit your application online by 5pm Friday 18th June.
  2. You are eligible to apply under more than one category. Simply follow the online guidelines and copy and paste your application to a new category and amend your answers as appropriate.
  3. Please ensure all mandatory fields are completed before you hit submit.
  4. Please complete the 'Data' section to the best of your ability.
  5. Once you submit, you can still edit your application up to the deadline date.
  6. Please keep attachments to 5MB or less.
  7. Shortlisted applications will be announced in August.
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Have you been involved in the design, build or operation of a low carbon, energy efficient #Building? We would love to hear about your project. Apply now to the #SEAIAwards2021 #Buildings category.

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