Energy Case Studies > Down
Built by Down District Council in 1999 to provide services to the local community groups and clubs of Killyleagh and Shrigley. the Bridge Centre sits in the village of Killyleagh, on the western shore of Strangford Lough. It is accessed, over a short bridge spanning the Dibney River, a tributary to Strangford Lough which is popular with local anglers.
Since opening the Centre has grown in popularity and is now an established hub of the local community.
Its facilities include a large multi-use main hall, fitness suite, minor hall, changing and shower facilities, and a children’s outdoor playground. The local community groups and clubs make good use of the Centre for indoor sports, fitness classes, community meetings, parent support groups, concerts, etc.
The Centre, has in the past, achieved the coveted Quest award, recognising the contribution to the lives local people, and it continues to strive to maintain the Quest Quality Standards.
One of the key aims of this Exemplar was to demonstrate, it is possible to make significant improvements to the efficiency of what is a relatively modern building, built only 14 years ago. Pre exemplar works the building had an oil fired boiler which provided the energy for both hot water and space heating, while mains electricity provides the remaining demand for lighting and power.
Through the Energy Efficiency and Micro Generation project we used modern ‘heat pump’ technology to extract low levels of heat (operational to -20oC), from the ambient air, then to compress the heat to achieve an optimal level of 40-50 oC, to heat the water for the public showers and to provide heat to the building.
In addition, we also provided an array of thermal solar collectors to the south facing aspects of the building, which will greatly reduce the energy requirements associated with hot water demand.
If successful, it is hoped the installations of the micro generation technologies will render significant financial savings for the ratepayers due to the reduction of fuel used, and will also achieve substantial environmental benefits, through a sizable reduction in carbon emissions from the 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, will allow visitors to see a real-time display of the building’s energy performance, comparing live data with historical energy consumption and carbon emissions data.
This is a model which could easily be replicated by local homeowners and businesses to make their building more energy efficient, if they are situated adjacent to water sources.
The principal technology selected for the Bridge centre is an air-source heat-pump, which when installed will utilize the relatively consistent external air temperatures, from which it will extract heat.
Additional upgrades undertaken at the Bridge Centre included the installation of solar thermal collectors on the south facing roof to provide hot water for the centre dressing rooms, as well as ceiling insulation and lagging to heating system pipework to reduce heat losses.
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 68% reduction in energy consumption and 39% reduction in carbon emissions will be achieved.
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