Project TypeCommunity Energy
Services InvolvedCommunity Energy,
Tipperary Energy Agency has supported the development of Cloughjordan EcoVillage wherever possible. The SERVE project (Sustainable Energy for the Rural Environment) is one example of where the agency has supported the project. This sustainable development is heated by a wood biomass and solar power district heating system. Demonstrating best practice in a range of sustainable building techniques this development is also show casing an alternative approach to developing a community.
The agency has supported activities such as monitoring the performance of the various buildings in the village. It also incentivized air tightness testing, BER certificate completion, installing separate time & temperature controls on eco-village house heating systems and strong performance in insulation quality.
Currently Tipperary Energy Agency is working with the Eco-village in assessing their domestic consumption using and Ecological Footprint. We are also assessing specific behaviours and attitudes in relation to the environment determining Eco-village lifestyles. The VERT group (Village Education, Research & Training) have been collaborating with us on this research. The ACE project is funding this work and enabling Tipperary Energy Agency to find approaches which support green transition impacting domestic lifestyles across communities. It is hoped that the survey acquired learning, from the Eco-villagers, will support the greening of the consumption of others and will support removal of barriers for households embarking on green transition.
Pictured above is Barry Bryan a low carbon chef and Ecovillager prepares a demonstration meal as part of a low carbon food workshop by TEA in the Ecovillage.