Project Management

Case Studies

CASE STUDY 1

Commercial Pig Farm

The project was on a family owned piggery in Glanthane, Co. Cork, with the farrowing house for the pigs, being a very high energy use building.

The heating system was a very inefficient oil boiler and piped hot water heating system in the pig housing unit.

The proposal was to replace the existing inefficient oil heating system for 84 heat mats that could only be controlled in blocks of 28, with 84 high efficiency 50w electric heat mats that can be individually controlled. This allows the mats to be operated as required as apposed to the existing oil system which when turned on, heated the entire building.The installation was a huge success, with the heating cost for the building being reduced by 65% and a payback period of 0.5 years.

CASE STUDY 2

Brothers of Charity

14 Houses & 1 Therapy Pool

The Brothers of Charity provides residential services for people with intellectual and physical disabilities both in congregated settings and in community houses.

The project consisted of

  • energy efficiency upgrade works to 14 housing units within both the Lota campus, and the wider community
  • energy efficiency upgrade to the Lota Therapy/Swimming

Prior to the upgrade works, the Building Energy Rating (BER) of the houses averaged a G, with an improved average rating of C achieved post works.

The houses had very little insulation and were being heated by outdated, inefficient oil boilers, with very little controls on the heating systems. The Therapy pool was near to closure due to the existing air handling/heating unit in need of replacement, having reached the end of its life cycle, leading to a lot of condensation build up within the pool building.

As a result, the use of the pool had been severely curtailed until the AHU could be upgraded.Some or all of the following energy efficiency upgrade measures were installed:

  • Cavity Wall and Attic Insulation
  • External Wall Insulation
  • High Efficiency Oil Boilers
  • 2/3 zone heating controls with Thermostatic Radiator Valves
  • Window and door replacement
  • Energy Efficient Lighting
  • “Poly Pad” suspended ceiling insulation
  • Energy Efficient Air Handling Unit with Heat Pump dehumidifiers

The proposed energy savings for the Therapy Pool was calculated as 127,770kWh’s per year, giving a monetary saving of €14,508 per year, based on similar occupancy. Including the SEAI BEC scheme grant and the Utility Company contribution, the Brothers of Charity payback period on their investment is 3-4 years.

CASE STUDY 3

Respond! Housing Association

The project consisted of

  • energy efficiency upgrade works to 120 housing units for Respond! Housing Association in 5 estates in Cork city and county, and 8 housing units for the Brothers of Charity within the community in Cork city
  • energy efficiency upgrade to 3 Respond! community buildings and 1 group home in Cork city and county
  • 11kw photovoltaic installation on a commercial building in Mallow, Co. Cork

Prior to the upgrade works, the Building Energy Rating (BER) of the houses averaged a F, with an improved average rating of B2 achieved post works.The houses had very little insulation and were being heated by outdated, inefficient open fire back boiler heating systems, with very no controls on the heating systems. The windows and doors were timber and were in poor condition. The open fire back boiler heating system was replaced with a high efficiency air to water heat pump with remote integrated heating controls. The open fire was replaced with a room heating stove.

Some or all of the following energy efficiency upgrade measures were installed:

  • Cavity Wall and Attic Insulation
  • High Efficiency air to water and air to air heat pumps
  • Room heating inset stoves
  • 2 zone remote heating controls with Thermostatic Radiator Valves
  • Window and door replacement
  • Energy Efficient Lighting
  • Dry lining sloped ceiling insulation
  • 11kw photovoltaic installation

Community Schemes

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) Better Energy schemes are Ireland’s national retrofit initiative aimed at upgrading building stock and facilities to high standards of energy efficiency and renewable energy usage, thereby reducing fossil fuel usage, energy costs and greenhouse emissions. As part of this initiative, SEAI launched the Better Energy Community and Area Based pilot schemes in 2012.

The SEAI BEC scheme’s key objectives are as follows:

  • Achieve progress towards the 2020 National Sustainable Energy targets.
  • Improve the thermal and electrical efficiencies of building stock and facilities, encourage the implementation of deeper and more technically / economically challenging measures.
  • Provide cost effective and innovative partnership approaches to deliver sustainable energy projects of scale that will continue to build momentum within the community and region.
  • Stimulate employment activity through labour intensive sustainable energy upgrading projects.

EnviroBead initially partnered with SEAI on the Better Energy schemes in 2012, and in the intervening years  has remained a committed supporter of the BEC schemes, successfully completing numerous projects for a variety of clients.

Since the inception of the SEAI BEC scheme, EnviroBead has developed successful partnerships with SEAI, Utility Companies, Housing Associations, Charity Organisations, Community Based Organisations, Local Authorities and Private Industry.

EnviroBead with it’s extensive knowledge and expertise in the energy efficiency Industry, has a proven track record in successfully linking multiple partners together, to achieve financial support and match funding, to deliver projects of scale.

EnviroBead’s services to clients on the BEC scheme include:

  • Project Management and Co-ordination from inception to completion
  • Building surveys and Energy Audits
  • System Design, Manufacture and Installation
  • Project Costings
  • Energy Credit sales
  • Project Application Completion and Submission
  • Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP)
  • Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS)
  • Quality Assurance
  • Project Certification
  • Monitoring and Verification

A sample of the Deep Retro Fit Energy Efficiency technologies installed:

  • Cavity Wall & Attic Insulation
  • External Wall Insulation & Internal Drylining
  • Passive & Mechanical Ventilation
  • Windows & Doors Upgrades
  • High Efficiency Gas & Oil Boiler Upgrades
  • Integrated Heating Controls
  • High Efficiency Air to Water & Air to Air Heat Pumps
  • Smart Metering & Web enabled Heating Controls
  • Lighting Upgrades
  • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems
  • Solar Thermal Installations
  • Photo Voltaic (PV) Solar Installations

To view some of our successful BEC projects, please visit our Case Study section.