Energy Case Studies > Meath
Adjacent to key amenities, churches, community centre, arts centre, civic headquarters and within walking distance of six primary and two post-primary schools the library is located at the heart of the community in Navan.
Opened in 1974 as the first purpose built County Library Headquarters in the country, the original 1,311m² building was extended in 2012 with the addition of a meeting room space of approximately 37m².
The unique split-level design of the building provides frontage on to Railway Street while also providing access to the garage and basement storage from Circular Road.
The building now caters for the needs of 7,348 members as well as acting as the county headquarters and home to the primary schools library service and the local studies collection.
The branch library attracts over 10,000 visitors a month and in the past year 162,915 items were issued to borrowers, making it the busiest branch in the county and one of the busiest branches in the country.
The additional meeting space now caters for a range of community and voluntary groups in addition to the on-going library activities. Book clubs, writers and craft groups, catering for all levels and ages, meet regularly on the premises .The library is a popular choice of venue for those seeking to launch their work with the premises regularly playing host to large attendances for book, art and community launches.
The extensive opening hours of the branch, open to the public forty-nine hours a week makes Navan library one of the most visible and accessible public buildings in the town. In addition, the substantial works completed in the last three years including carpeting, painting, a complete window upgrade to triple-glazing and rendering of the exterior has revitalised a 1970’s landmark building.
Through the Energy efficiency and Micro Generation project, energy audits were undertaken to identify areas of high energy demand in selected public buildings, and to propose suitable upgrade works which would have most impact on the building’s carbon emissions and energy consumption.
As the Navan library had recently undergone an extensive upgrade to the building fabric, the next measure was to improve the heat output of the existing heating system.
The existing oil fired heating system had been in the Library since opening and reached the end of its working life. In addition to replacing the boiler with an energy efficient condensing boiler, the project also converted the fuel source to natural gas utilising the recently installed gas main on the adjacent street.
The heating system upgrade takes advantage of the improved thermal performance of the building fabric and will significantly reduce thermal energy consumption.
The library lighting was replaced with more energy efficient T5 fluorescent lighting which, combined with photocell controls allows better use of daylight in office areas, and will significantly reduce carbon emissions and electrical energy consumption.
In the Navan library exemplar, the upgrade works to the building heating and lighting systems will compliment the recent building fabric upgrades and bring this 1970’s post-modern building into the 21st century with the building fabric, mechanical and electrical systems utilising the latest energy saving technologies.
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 39% reduction in energy consumption and 46% reduction in carbon emissions will be achieved.
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