SRC staff and students within the School of Construction & the Built Environment
15 March 2013
On Friday 15th March 2013, staff & students within the School of Construction & the Built Environment in SRC were given the opportunity to attend and observe a series of non destructive pre construction building assessments on part of the building at SRC’s Greenbank Campus which is undergoing refurbishment over the next number of months.
The building assessment included an Air tightness Test which was carried out by ‘Atlantic Air Developments’, an assessment of the Buildings Energy Performance carried out by ‘Energy Control Ireland’ and a thermal image survey carried out by SRC’s Bronagh Harte.
These assessments were conducted prior to any construction work or fabric improvements taking place on the building; when work does commence on this area of the building considerable emphasis will be placed on improving the buildings fabric by both increasing insulation within wall and roof elements thereby improving fabric u-values as well eradicating areas where air infiltration is apparent and improving the buildings overall air tightness.
On completion of the project the assessments discussed earlier will be repeated which will enable a comparative study to be conducted allowing us to identify exactly what impact the various fabric improvements have made on the buildings performance and overtime enable SRC’s estate dept. to analyse cost savings in energy costs as a result of reduced heating demand with the building.
This was an excellent opportunity for both staff and students within the School of Construction & the Built Environment in SRC to experience first hand the types of assessments currently being used in industry to gauge a buildings performance as well as the equipment, software, assessment procedures and expertise needed to carry out same.