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St. Oliver Plunkett National School

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St. Oliver Plunkett National School is located in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.  The Building was constructed in 1982 with the school currently catering for over 400 pupils and staff.  In February 2016, the Tipperary Energy Agency undertook an audit of the building and produced a technical supporting document outlining the potential areas where energy could be saved. From this report it was highlighted that the building fabric (i.e. insulation, windows & doors) and building services required upgrading to meet and comply with the current building standards and technical guidance documents (TGD) for educational facilities.  The building fabric along with the mechanical & electrical services were upgraded.

The works included the following:

  • insulation of all attic spaces and pumping of cavity walls,
  • upgrading of all external windows to triple glazed low energy units,
  • replacement of external doors with an air tight energy efficient specified unit,
  • upgrading of current heating controls to comply with TGD’s to incorpórate 10 number zoned heating spaces and a new condensing gas boiler complete with weather compensation to serve the junior school
  • upgrading of existing lighting to a low energy Smart lighting system incorporating daylight sensing and occupancy detection.

These works would result in an energy saving to the school of €9,300 per annum.  Tipperary Energy Agency identified these upgrades, designed the upgraded system along with required documentation and drawings and also project managed the installation of the works.  Also as part of this project the Tipperary Energy Agency successfully applied for a 50% SEAI Better Energy Community Grant for the works complete.