Energy Case Studies > Banbridge


    Constructed in the early eighties this neo-classical styled building features a partial-width porch with columns, a symmetrical front facade and single glazing in sliding sash windows. The civic building underwent substantial modifications in 1991 with an extension constructed to the rear to house the additional offices, storage areas and a lift, required for disabled access.

    The Civic Building remains a landmark building on a primary route to the town centre, and is the administration offices for a wide range of services in the area such as refuse collection, building control, community and civic support services.

    At the time of conducting the energy audits the Civic Building had recently undergone an extensive heating system upgrade; the objective of the exemplar works was therefore to retain the improved heat output by improving the building fabric of what is now a 30 year old building.

    In the Civic Building exemplar, the upgrade works to the building fabric and lighting systems will compliment the recent heating system upgrades and bring this landmark building into the 21st century with the building fabric, mechanical and electrical systems utilising the latest energy saving technologies.

    Works Completed

    At the Civic Building the Energy Efficiency & Micro Generation project increased the thermal performance of the building fabric, improved heat retention, allowing a reduction in heating system operation which will reduce energy consumption. The project also involved bringing the building fabric in line with modern building standards through the installation of pumped bonded bead insulation in the wall cavities and additional roof insulation in the attic space.

    Through these building fabric upgrades, this exemplar building will demonstrate the effect of more traditional retro-fit upgrade works on a building’s heating bills.

    Having undergone previous upgrade works to lighting in recent years, comprising of LED lights and occupancy detector controls on both lighting and extraction fans in toilet areas only, the project has brought the remaining civic building lighting up to a similar standard.

    In addition the project has upgraded corridor lighting to energy efficient LED lighting, with occupancy detectors in access corridors, a measure which will significantly reduce the lighting energy demand.

    The installation of draft-proofing to windows has also resulted in a decrease in air infiltration levels and an increase in levels of heat retention, thus improving the internal comfort levels for occupants of the Civic building.

    Another feature of the exemplar buildings is a visitor experience display screen in the building foyer which, through the monitoring of the building’s energy meters, allows visitors to see a real-time display of the building’s energy performance, comparing live data with historical energy consumption and carbon emissions data.

    As part of the Energy Efficiency and Micro-Generation Project works it is anticipated that a target of 16% reduction in energy consumption and 14% reduction in carbon emissions will be achieved.

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