Dublin-based organisations win at energy awards 

by Rachel Cunningham
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Two Dublin projects were named category winners at the 2023 SEAI Energy Awards, out of 114 applications and 40 finalists.

The renewable energy produced by the 2023 entrants is equivalent to powering over 400,000 homes per year.

SSE Airtricity Energy Services, in collaboration with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, came out on top in the Residential Energy Upgrades category for outstanding work on the Beaufort Housing complex.

The project involved upgrading 58 residential units, a day care centre, and kitchens, resulting in an 80 per cent reduction in energy consumption per unit annually.

The installation of a pioneering centralised heat pump system, a first of its kind in Ireland, was a project highlight.

SSE Airtricity, the primary contractor, oversaw all aspects from surveying and design to tender evaluation, project management, and commissioning.

The Beaufort Housing complex retrofit was described as a beacon of energy efficiency, incorporating sustainable materials and renewable technologies like solar PV panels and heat pumps to enhance indoor air quality, positively impacting the community and vulnerable residents. 

In the Sustainability via Digital Technologies in Construction and Buildings category, Symphony Energy won for its work on 1 Cumberland Place.

This project, situated in a building already holding LEED Platinum certification, achieved remarkable HVAC energy optimisation results.

Notably, minimal investment in new equipment minimised additional embodied carbon. By significantly reducing the heating and cooling load on the building, the existing HVAC plant requires less maintenance, extending its lifespan.

Symphony Energy’s innovative approach involved extensive mapping and learning exercises to understand the environmental signature of the building. The deployment of Symphony Welltech allowed for fine-tuning operational settings over several months to optimize energy use while maintaining comfort levels. 

 “I want to congratulate the entrants and winners of this year’s SEAI Energy Awards for their commitment to sustainable energy and their role in fighting for a cleaner energy future for us all,” said Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan.

“The finalists, indeed all the applicants this year, give an insight into the technical capacity, the innovation, the drive, and the vision that is powering an energy transformation right across the country, in businesses and in communities.

“The calibre of individuals and organisations that have taken part in this prestigious event over the past 20 years gives me great confidence when it comes to meeting our ambitious but achievable climate targets.” 

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