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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Ireland 2017
A resource efficiency toolkit was developed through the benchmarking, development, implementation and testing of waste, water, carbon and energy reduction plans on selected construction projects.
Ireland is committed to limiting its GHG emissions to 13% above 1990 levels by 2012 under the Kyoto Agreement and a further 20% below 2005 levels by 2020 under the EU 2020 strategy. National Climate Strategy currently aims at gradual improvements in energy efficiency and a move towards more carbon neutral technologies in line with EU policy, which state that GHG emissions from developed countries (including Ireland) must be reduced by 80 to 95% by 2050. This poses an enormous challenge for society and more particularly the built environment, with buildings estimated to be responsible for 40% of global energy use and 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Main aim of this project was the development of a resource efficiency toolkit through the benchmarking, development, implementation and testing of waste, water, carbon and energy reduction plans on selected construction projects. It was carried out in collaboration with the Department of Building and Civil Engineering at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. These case studies included a primary and community college project; an educational special needs units project; a clinical research facility; a hospital car park project; and a human biology university building project. The project examined the feasibility of implementing resource efficiency strategies on site to reduce the environmental burden of the construction activities while also increasing the competitiveness of the process. The implemented resource efficiency initiatives on the five case studies resulted in total cost savings of € 108,625, a reduction in energy use of 250,547 kWh, a waste reduction of 167.51 tons and an associated reduction of 274.57 tons in carbon emissions.
This project's innovation lies in two main areas: 1. The benchmarking, development, implementation and testing of waste, water, carbon and energy reduction plans on actual construction projects to develop a transferable resource efficiency toolkit for SMEs in the construction industry. 2. Development of an innovation and knowledge management model/framework for a construction company that contributes to higher education curriculum development at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Department of Building and Civil Engineering