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  • Northside West

Ballymun’s Rediscovery Centre gets prestigious energy award

Sunday, 25th November, 2018 1:00pm
Ballymun’s Rediscovery Centre gets prestigious energy award

Roger Warburton of Rediscovery Centre collects the award from Chairperson of SEAI, Julie Oí Neill. Photo: Keith Arkins

Ballymun’s Rediscovery Centre gets prestigious energy award

Roger Warburton of Rediscovery Centre collects the award from Chairperson of SEAI, Julie Oí Neill. Photo: Keith Arkins

THE Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun received national recognition at the recent annual SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards held in the Mansion House.

The not for profit organisation won the Buildings category for their unique repurposed Boiler House located in the heart of Ballymun.

Judges felt that the Rediscovery Centre, which is the national centre for the circular economy, demonstrates best practice in building design, construction, energy efficiency and operation.

The building was designed to ensure minimum energy usage throughout its operational lifetime and it has achieved an A2 BER rating.

It boasts many sustainable features including an air source heat pump, composting toilets, a rain water harvester, LED lighting, solar panels, a green roof and living wall, onsite grey water recycling, landscaping to encourage biodiversity, hempcrete, smart metering, air quality monitoring and an interactive BMS. 

The building’s story began in 2013 when Dublin City Council and the Rediscovery Centre embarked on an ambitious partnership to completely revamp the old Boiler House.

Funding was secured from the EU’s LIFE + Environment Fund, the Department of Environment and the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government and the council.

In January 2016 they broke ground on the site and it was completed by December 2016.

During the refurbishment of the Boiler House, the project team had an innovative commitment to designing for reuse and recovery.

The project reduced the quantity of materials being sent to landfill during the construction process by ‘designing out’ waste and effective site waste management.

All waste produced was reused, recycled or recovered as appropriate. Overall wherever possible materials were specifically selected based upon their ability to demonstrate best practice reuse, recycling or recovery.

CEO of the Rediscovery Centre, Dr Sarah Miller, said the team was delighted to have received the Sustainable Energy Award from SEAI.

“It means a lot to us that our unique repurposed building has received national recognition for its energy efficiency,” she added.

“The Rediscovery Centre was up against some inspiring projects and it is an honour for the judges to have picked our building as the winner.” 

Helen McNamara from Dublin City Council also spoke after the award was presented.

“The refurbishment of the Ballymun Boiler House into the headquarters of the Rediscovery Centre has been a very satisfying project to be involved in,” she said.

“From the start energy efficiency and sustainability were at the heart of this project and it is wonderful to see that the building is getting the national recognition that it deserves.”

Meanwhile, the Rediscovery Centre is asking locals for help after being shortlisted for funding towards its new reuse enterprise programme.

Rediscover Enterprise will create a social enterprise model that produces clothing and accessories from waste, such as tents left behind at festivals.

Following an onsite pilot, community groups will be provided with tools and skills to replicate products, then set-up and run their own community enterprise.

Participants will learn about business, budgeting and design as well as receiving hands-on lessons in sewing skills.

To help source funding,  visit skillsandopport unitiesfund.ulsterbank.com/vote and vote Rediscovery Centre.

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