Dublin Gazette competition aims to increase children’s awareness of climate change

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

Dublin will become home to Ireland’s most sustainable building, IPUT Real Estate has claimed. Niall Gaffney, CEO, has promised that the new A&L Goodbody headquarters, based in North Wall Quay, will “set the new standard for low carbon office development” in the Irish market.

“We are focused on building long-term resilience into our portfolio. That means creating assets which are sustainable, both from an environmental standing but also which support people and places in the city. In the aftermath of the pandemic, it is now more important than ever before to focus on reviving Dublin city and making it an attractive and vibrant place to live and work”, Mr Gaffney added.

The redevelopment is expected to commence in 2022, with completion scheduled for 2024. During the construction period, IPUT will accommodate A&L Goodbody within its existing portfolio, principally across four floors at No. 3 Dublin Landings and at The Exchange in the IFSC. 

IPUT Real Estate has predicted that the completed building will achieve leading global sustainability standards, including a BER A3 energy rating, LEED Platinum, Wired score Platinum, Well Gold, NZEB Compliance and Cycle Score.

The project will involve a 36 per cent increase in building size, to 155,000 sq. ft., adding two new floors, rooftop landscaped terraces, a new atrium to encourage collaboration and an entirely new client floor at penthouse level.

The commercial property investment company has stated that by retaining much of the existing structure, the development’s embodied carbon will be reduced by 60 per cent. IPUT aims to achieve less than 500kgCO2e/m2 upfront embodied carbon, in line with its target for all developments by 2030. This will be measured throughout the development project and confirmed at practical completion, with all upfront embodied carbon offset through IPUT’s transition fund.

Operational carbon emissions will also be minimised through an all-electric energy strategy that will be powered by on-site and procured renewable electricity. The building’s energy intensity is being designed to be less than 55kWh/m2/year and smart metering will be installed to capture operational data.

In line with the development’s carbon lowering ethos, sustainable transportation will be facilitated through electric car charging stations and 200 bicycle spaces.

Reflecting on 20 years within its current IFSC office space, Julian Yarr, Managing Partner at ALG, explained that the redevelopment had quadrupled in size over that period. Mr Yarr stated that the decision to “rebuild our home” will “facilitate our ambitious growth plans and will allow us to develop a new way of working, a more agile way of working, driving our business forward for the next 20 years.”

For further info on the Making Dublin Greener competition, please contact [email protected].

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