Deanrock Social Housing

deanrock social housing

Clean Energy Ireland begin installation of the PV systems on the Deanrock social housing scheme being delivered by Cork City Council.

The Deanrock landbank has lain vacant since the demolition in 2007 of 108 “eyesore” flats, built in the 1970s by the National Building Agency. The development of the site will provide some much-needed housing stock to the community and has been welcomed by many.

The scheme includes 32 three-bed houses; 24 two-bed houses; four two-bed maisonettes; three two-bed apartments; two four-bed houses; and a community building. They should be ready be the end of next year. Designed by the council’s Architects Department, the Deanrock houses will have an A-energy rating, with top quality insulation, air tightness, and photovoltaic panels to reduce heating and electricity bills for tenants. 

Clean Energy Ireland will install a PV system on each unit, varying in size from four panels / 1.1kW to eight panels / 2.2kW. Each system will be roof mounted using the highest quality materials. The PV system has been designed to provide the maximum energy production for the home tenants. The Inverter will be mounted within the attic space of the building.

The entire project will take place over a year as the new phases of the site come onstream. Clean Energy Ireland will work closely with the main contractor to ensure a seamless installation process. Delivering the highest quality service.

Rapid Housing Solar Project

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ABM Design & Build awarded the contract to Clean Energy Ireland to design, supply and fit the Solar PV systems to lot 2 and lot 4 of Dublin City Councils Rapid Build Housing scheme. The houses are the second phase of rapid build housing announced as an emergency response to the housing crisis. The lots consists of a development of 29 Houses in Drimnagh and a second development of 39 Houses in Finglas. Each House will be supplied with a PV system consisting of an array of PV panels mounted on the roof, a DC/AC Inverter in the loft space wired directly into the electrical distribution board of the building.

Structural engineers have been contracted to undertake the analysis of the structural action of the wind load on the PV array and the mounting components of the PV system. A full analysis was undertaken and the analysis concluded that the mounting system was well within the required parameters of the relevant standards.

Each PV system was installed, tested and commissioned to the highest level and compliance all relevant standards.

The home owner was instructed on the use, maintenance and all other aspects of the system. The home owner is than provided with all the relevant documentation.

The entire project was completed within time and budget.

Since the installation has been completed the homeowner have reported that the energy prices are very low and the houses are very comfortable. The contractors were also extremely satisfied and have awarded further contracts to Clean Energy Ireland to install PV on other developments.

 

Commercial PV Benefits

commercial pv panels

Commercial PV panels, a.k.a. photovoltaic, are usually muddled using solar thermal arrangements, on the other hand they work in alternative method. Not like solar thermal arrangements, which are used to create warm water, PV panels seize the sun’s dynamism and change it into electrical energy.

The electrical energy produced by commercial PV panel is typically used for running domestic appliances and tools. The utmost distinctive PV arrangement is the grid-connected structure, which as its title specifies, is linked to the domestic grid. At nighttime, once the solar panels stop working, you can custom electrical energy from the gridiron.

  • Commercial savingscommercial pv panels

Let’s be truthful, the main aim for managements making the choice to set up solar is for economic advantage and there are large advantages to be consumed. Industries who have great energy practice for example those in nutrition manufacture, logistics, delivery and farming can protect the maximum but so can less important industry with average energy consumption. By current connection charges, a solar PV system distributes its production at an amount of about 5 pence/kWh. This associates using the current grid-iron delivered amount of 11-15p per unit.

  • Economic stability

By the completion of April 2017 completely the main energy dealers will have trekked their rates up and about by 5-10% and within the following 10 years energy bills are foreseen to twice. By commercial PV panels you are in result onward purchasing your electrical energy at a usual worth of about 5 pence each unit. This means your industry will never be bare to energy bill upsurges over again commencing the solar electricity and this creates monetary foretelling a lot stress-free.

  • Energy safety

A fine designed commercial PV panel can support an industry develop energy self-governing. It means you can decrease your dependence on the domestic grid-iron who is previously taking actions to avoid blackouts. Solar deals energy safety at a secure rate.

  • Enhance value of your rooftop

Having solar plates on an industry sites might also enhance worth to the property strength. Forthcoming occupants or purchasers will see worth in partaking electrical energy produced at location and this will enhance to the attractiveness of the buildings.

 

Ireland – Part L Amendment

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The fresh modifications of part L Ireland pursue to reduce this condition, trying that developer and private house constructors exhibit obedience with the project and the structure rules from the beginning to the end of the work. It begins with the beginning notification and spreads right over the construct to a sequence of documentations that are important to be signed off on by an ‘allocated certifier’.

Regardless of the augmented prices that the BCAR will enhance further to a construct or delay reliant on preparation authorization, these constructing controls are customary exercise in maximum other established nations.

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You cannot establish for the unclear zone of ‘class’ but the modification will create a constitutional imprint on the succeeding adventures and this can simply be a decent thing in relations of practical brilliance and fire security. These part L Ireland amendments include:

  1. The strategy and building procedure of a new structure,
  2. The project and building procedure of an extension demanding preparation permission (normally over forty square meters or in the situation of any secure building),
  3. All works where a Fire Security Documentation is obligatory.

How does it work?

Although the March 1 beginning date, the fresh scheme is still in an unsatisfying state of growth, but in small, a ‘project certifier’ for the strategies and ‘allocated certifier’ for the construct itself are chosen from a minor pool of capable persons. This individual must sign off on the structure beginning to end at pre-intended steps on a review strategy to guarantee it obeys with constructing rules.

The part L Ireland rules first relate from 1st January 2019 and the provisional preparations do provide some clue in period to effort the fresh necessities into plan strategy and preparation. Though anybody involved now in the strategy, scheme preparation, building or administration of works to constructions other than houses will have to look carefully at the fresh necessities and think through the period of authority of the authorizations and agreements applicable to their scheme and the projected time duration for building and end of the works to dodge failing to obey with the necessities, when valid.

 

The Basics of Sound Testing

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Achieving a good soundproofing between the flats and houses of the growing cities is an important thing.

Obviously, nobody wants to hear their neighbors through poorly sound-proved walls. To live peacefully, soundproofing is an essential thing, and for this, you need to perform acoustic testing. Let’s have a look on the basics of soundproofing.

  • Decoupling – One of the best ways you can reduce the sound of walking on the floor above you is to decouple the ceiling structure of your house from the floor joists. This is achievable using different systems. For instance, a Resilient Bar System, a Genie Clip System, or a suspended MF Ceiling.

  • Acoustic Mineral Wool – If you want to achieve a good degree of sound insulation, you need to install good quality mineral wood between the studwork and joists. This installed wood should be tightly fitted between the framework to a snug fit.

  • Mass – A better way to soundproof your party floors or walls is to use adequate mass there. This is achievable by using high quality higher mass mineral wood. To travel, sound needs to move. When walls are heavy and rigid, it becomes harder for sound to move. If you are looking for some cost-effective ways to make walls heavier, you can use plywood, OSB, and cement board.

  • AirTight Seal – Poor sealing is one of the most common reasons for failures in acoustic testing. Therefore, to achieve the desired sound insulation, make sure your home is properly sealed.

  • Add Damping – Adding damping to your ceilings and walls would also help you dissipate the vibrations which are caused by sound waves. When it is combined with a resilient or hot channel, the result is an effective soundproofing for your house.

If you don’t want to disturb your neighbors while you walk, talk, dance, or party at your home, you should have an effective soundproofing at your place.

Airtightness Testing Procedure

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Airtightness testing is a method that measures the extent of air leakage in a building. When a building is airtight, it not only increases the comfort of the people living in it, but it also enhances its energy efficiency.

It is usually difficult to detect any cracks or gaps in the building that are causing air leakage. These gaps and cracks can be obscured by the finishing of the internal building or the external cladding. Therefore, the only way for airtightness testing is to find out and measure the leakage paths in the building fabric.

According to the new regulations, all developers should test a minimum of 20% of the dwellings on a building site. However, it also depends on the different types of houses to make sure that a consistent sample is taken from the construction site.

Things to Consider for Airtightness Testing:

Before testing a building or a construction site for airtightness, you should consider:

  • You send the drawing of the development and the design of air permeability requirements to the engineers you need to hire for airtightness testing.

  • This testing is usually undertaken in 30 to 60 minutes.

  • The weather condition of the site can affect the testing. Wind should not be more than 6m s-1.

  • Provide all the required information such as the size of the building envelope to the engineer before he comes to your site.

Prepare the Site:

  • Open all internal doors and secure them

  • Close all windows

  • All mechanical ventilation systems should be switched off

  • All ventilation grids should be sealed

  • Smoke vents should be closed

  • Fill all the drainage traps

On-Site Testing Procedures:

  • Check all the weather conditions including temperature, wind speed, and barometric pressure.

  • Connect a fan to an aperture of the building envelope e.g. a door.

  • Set up all the testing equipment

  • Gradually increase the speed of the fan and bring it to 50 Pa.

  • Gradually decrease the speed of the fan to 20 Pa.

  • Record the air volume that flows through the fan. It will be equal to the air leakage through the building envelope.

  • Record pressure difference across the building at each fan speed (if using more than 1 fan).

This whole procedure helps in determining the airtightness of the building.

Solar Energy Benefits

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Utilizing the natural powers to transform into a productive form of the energy has been EU’s focus since years. The rule, concept to be more precise, is slowly spreading in Europe. Ireland is one of the lowest consumption countries of the natural energy system i.e. the solar energy is catching a fast pace this year in 2018.

This is why the Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA) has been in the news for quite some time with announcing some great revelations each passing day for the benefit of the country solar energy system. For this purpose, large solar panels are being installed all around the country for an improved economy.

What is solar energy?

The solar energy is basically energy taken from the sun through the large and small-sized solar panels which later transform into energy to be used by the country people. The solar panels react to the light given by sun and save the energy only to be used later at night or keep it preserved for other purposes.

Who will benefit from the solar energy in Ireland?

  1. The farmers:

The farmers will have more opportunities to make their fieldwork easy and will also have an increased income. This will be done by allowing more power to get involved in the farm work and less consumption of human energy.

  1. The country’s economy:

The country’s economy will definitely witness a solid hike after the solar panels being installed in the whole country. This way, Ireland will come in contact with the other developed countries of the world for an increased production rate of the solar energy in collaboration with the industries.

  1. The local residents:

The local residents will be able to save more in terms of setting up a monthly budget and working according to it. The solar panels will allow them to use the solar energy more without worrying about the increased consumption.

The concept of the solar energy has been making rounds in the EU the last few years and the ISEA is leaving no stone unturned to make it possible and make it one of the largest solar energy consumers in 2018.

Solar Panels market in Ireland

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Ireland once had one of the lowest energy consumption rates in the world but not anymore. With the EU making efforts for normalizing the solar panel system in the country, Ireland is also standing in line as one of the top countries of the world to consume the solar energy. This has increased the market potential in Ireland for the solar panel systems, thanks to the widely spreading awareness from the official sources.

While Ireland is being counted in the progressing countries in terms of solar energy production and consumption, the country’s market rate is also experiencing a visible hike that is a good sign of the improved economy.

How common are the solar panels in Ireland?

The solar panel system has been taking a positive turn in the local and international market with the ISEA constantly making an effort to normalize the trend in Ireland. From the industries to the fields and residential areas, the solar panels are gradually becoming common in the country with its economy witnessing an increased ratio for the overall betterment in the utilization of the natural energy power sources.

Facts and Figures for the solar panels market in Ireland?

  1. According to the country’s official sources and statements, the country will likely experience a solid hike in the solar panels market by almost 70%.
  2. The heating water energy consumption in Ireland will be reduced to 80% which will play an important role in improving the general economy rate.
  3. The solar panels market of Ireland is increasing with the passing time, especially in the current year.
  4. With the help from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, more countrymen and industries will be able to afford the solar panel system.
  5. The solar panel market in Ireland will be witnessing a 90% of the increased ratio by 2020 i.e. also the target for the country’s economic plan.

The solar panel market in Ireland is a great example from the country’s failed economy system for the natural energy consumption to gaining one of the highest consumption ratios in 2018 that will likely complete its target by the year 2020.

Dublin City Council Rapid Build Projects

Dublin City Council Rapid Build

Dublin City Council Rapid Build – ‘A’ Rated homes with natural gas.

Located at St. Helena’s Court, Finglas, this Dublin City Council Rapid Build development meets all Part L building regulations using natural gas combined with renewable technology.

This Dublin City Council project used off-site manufacturing techniques and steel frame (LGSF) technology to expedite the building process. Built to a very high standard, 39 families will now call this development home.

Furthermore, owners will be able to come in, switch the heating on and enjoy instant and controllable space heating and hot water thanks to natural gas. A modern solution for a modern home.

Find out more about this project here.