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Gaelscoil An Eiscir Riada, Tullamore

Facts

Location Client Cost Completion Awards
Tullamore, Co Offaly, Ireland Department of Education and Skills €3.2m (euros) 2004 3

Project details

Energy-saving primary school of the future.

We used passive solar methods to maximise heat and light inputs and minimise energy outputs, with windows arranged to catch morning sun.

Our eight-classroom design included natural ventilation, rainwater recovery and an advanced carbon-neutral heating system.

We increased insulation, reduced leakage of warm air and used a lightweight structure to limit the physical impact of the building.

Simple, clear-thinking design reduced energy use by 80%.

Chris Croly environmental engineering director

Brief

  • design a low-energy prototype primary school
  • demonstrate best practice in sustainability
  • provide exemplar to inform future schemes

Results

  • energy reductions of more than 80%, compared to similar schools built to current standards
  • zero CO2 emissions
  • technologies proven to be reliable and affordable
  • awards: Building Services Award 2004 - Environmental Initiative of the Year, Sustainable Energy Ireland Award 2004 - Excellence in Design & Specification, BEX Award 2005 - Environmental Initiative of the Year

Integrated services

environmental engineering