New 3,910 m2 nursing school for Waterford Institute of Technology consisting of lecture theatres, teaching accommodation, specialist nurses training rooms and office accommodation arranged around a central atrium.
This building demonstrates that it is possible to produce a low energy building without any additional expenditure that does not compromise on user comfort, visual image, or build quality, through careful design, co-ordination, and teamwork.
BDP set up a data link from their own offices to the Nurses Education Building to check in on the building under various weather conditions and identify minor adjustments to the control system that increase the buildings energy efficiency.
emphasis on sustainability and energy efficiency
provide a detailed environmental study including BREEAM analysis, detailed daylight and thermal simulations, advice on measures to use the building as a climate moderator
the buildings sustainability strategy is of particular interest, achieving an impressive monitored energy usage of 65kWhm2/yr
Department of the Environment - Sustainability Award 2007, RIAI - Sustainability Award 2007, European Architecture Awards - Green Good Design Award 2009