PM Group's Michael Keohane and Declan Leonard were recently announced winners of CIBSE Irelands Sustainable Design and Research Award 2011. Their sustainable design paper was based on a critical analysis of low temperature heating and high temperature cooling systems in University College Cork’s new Western Gateway building.
The paper outlines an innovative approach to the integration of technologies including Underfloor Mechanical Ventilation, Demand Control Ventilation, Groundwater Heat Pump, Simultaneous Heating and Cooling and Server Room Heat Recovery into the building. The objective of this installation was to significantly reduce the energy costs and carbon emissions associated with running a large third level facility.
University College Cork’s Western Gateway Building is the largest building on the UCC campus. The 25,000sqm facility provides research and teaching accommodation for a range of academic departments including Computer Science, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Pharmacology, Physiology, ICT and Cancer Research. PM Group was the M&E engineers and provided environmental low energy design for this project.
These awards were initiated by CIBSE Ireland with the intention of encouraging innovation and evidence based evaluation in building services engineering. It is different to other Best Project competitions in that it is intended to encourage research, disseminate knowledge and raise the level of innovation in projects.
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