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