Date(s) - 27/09/2019
9:00 am - 10:30 am
St Bricin's Park
Join us for a tour of Dublin City Council’s refurbishment of an apartment block for senior citizens at St Bricin’s Park to Passive House Standard (EnerPHit).
City Architects acted as project manager and Low Energy Design were the Consultant Architects and Passive House Designers for this scheme
The work at St. Bricin’s Park is the culmination of the city-wide Bedsit Amalgamation Programme. The programme involved combining two adjacent bedsits to create a one bedroom apartment which can accommodate one or two people. This block has delivered 11 of these refurbished apartments, bringing the total to 35 apartments delivered across the three blocks of St. Bricin’s. While the recent retrofits already achieve the NZEB (Near Zero Energy Building) standard, Dublin City Council undertook to go further with this pilot Passive House project to achieve a high-performance low-energy building and improve comfort for the residents. The refurbishment also included refurbishing a community kitchen that prepares meals on wheels for the wider community.
Improved thermal comfort was achieved by externally insulating the walls, insulating the floor and roof, and installing high performance external windows and doors. This was coupled with attaining a high standard in air-tightness, eliminating and minimising thermal bridges, and using mechanical ventilation with heat recovery systems in each apartment.
The Construction team undertook a bespoke Passive House Tradesperson’s Course, along with members of Dublin City Council’s design and maintenance staff
A key challenge in the retrofit was achieving a high standard of air-tightness which took significant time and work which paid off due to the skills and dedication of the construction team.
Block 1 was completed in 2016 with Kelly and Cogan as consultant Architects and Block 3 in 2018 with Low Energy Design as consultant Architects. As each retrofit improved standards the logical next step for the third block was to aim for the EnerPhit standard. The work done on this block will also be valuable in developing knowledge for subsequent retrofits in terms of buildability and costs. This third block achieves a BER of A3. For this, the project received an SEAI Deep Retrofit Grant in 2018
The project achieves the Passive House EnerPHit standard of a minimum 80% reduction in energy use and minimum 80% reduction of CO2 emissions.
Rear view – before and after
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