16 July 2018
J.V Tierney & Co. Help Create Ireland’s First Zero Carbon Retail Store in Ireland
At J.V Tierney & Co., we are proud of the work our MEP engineers carry out in designing and creating building services that not only save our clients’ money, but are also highly efficient and good for the environment. Our Mechanical and Electrical engineers employ the very latest sustainable design techniques and technologies to allow buildings to make use of the environment, rather than adversely impact it or pollute it.
It was this approach to building design that led us to help create Ireland’s first ‘Zero-Carbon’ retail store at the Cabra branch of Tesco’s, a project that was awarded as the Winner of the President’s Award for Innovation by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.
We were tasked with managing the Mechanical, Electrical & Sustainable Design aspects of the €21.5m Cabra Tesco’s project and one of the sustainable building approaches we used to allow the building to achieve a Zero Carbon status were Wind Catcher Ventilators combined with a BMS System to provide natural ventilation, a high level of natural lighting, and tri-generation.
Wind catchers have one major advantage over other natural ventilation technologies, which lies in its ability to make use of the prevailing wind, regardless of which way it is blowing. Innovative louvres on the sides of the devices face in every direction which allow them to harness a significantly greater amount of the available natural energy.
These natural ventilators are connected to and controlled by a Building Management System (BMS), which allows this and other connected systems to intelligently maintain a Zero Carbon state of operation. Concepts like this one are amongst many that we use in the course of our work.