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Prestigious sustainable building award for latest addition to WIT campus

Brian McCarthy Contractors were the Main Contractors on the recently commissioned Tourism & Leisure Education building at Waterford Institute of Technology which has won an award in recognition of the design concepts applied to minimise the building’s environmental impact.

The Republic of Ireland region of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has presented its sustainable building services design award to the Institute for the 7,660-sq m building at the western end of the Institute’s main campus.

Designed by A&D Wejchert & Partners Architects who have also been responsible for a number of other landmark buildings at the same campus, the building makes effective use of solar shading, natural ventilation and daylight and automatic light controls to minimise energy use and light and heat loss.

In addition, energy efficient equipment is used throughout while the building’s concrete thermal mass helps to naturally cool it. The combination of these and other innovations removes the need for energy intensive air conditioning and provides a considerably better working environment for students and staff.

Kitchens where professional cookery classes are provided have been located on lower floors of the building with low level air supply helping to minimise energy consumption and heat generation. The building’s ‘kitchen of the future’ allows students to learn how to best apply low energy cooking methods. With a high level of air-tightness, the kitchens also have a new type of ventilation system.