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A successful EPC Information Day at Ballymun Sports & Fitness Centre

15th February, 2017

On 15 February 2017, Codema held an Information Day on Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) as part of the GuarantEE project. The event was hosted by Ballymun Sports & Fitness Centre and included a tour of the energy-saving measures implemented at the leisure centre as part of Dublin City Council’s first EPC. Attended by 25 interested parties from the four Dublin local authorities, two ESCOs and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, the participants learnt about the opportunities for EPC in the public sector and the success story of Dublin City Council’s EPC at the three leisure centres – Ballymun, Markievisz, and Fingal Sports and Fitness Centre.

Joe Hayden, Executive Engineer at Codema, introduced the GuarantEE project and the importance of learning from experienced European partners about Energy Performance Contracting. As part of Codema’s role of EPC Facilitator, Joe also provided an overview of the EPC concept and highlighted the need to purchase a ‘guaranteed energy-saving service’ rather than a once-off energy upgrade for a public building.

During a tour of the Ballymun Sports & Fitness Centre, Manager Philip White showed off the energy-efficiency upgrades as part of the EPC which included:

  • Building Management System (BMS) Optimisation
  • Shut down plant out of hours
  • New cooling strategy for Air Handling Units (AHUs)
  • Lighting Upgrades from T8 fittings to T5/LED panels and LED down-lighters
  • Lighting controls and circuit modifications
  • New 110kWe CHP and power modulation controls
  • New Blade Hand Dryers
  • New chemical controllers for pool water
  • Installation of pump inverter on slide

In a presentation to the group, Philip White spoke about his experience with the EPC process and explained Codema’s role as EPC facilitator in this process. He complimented Noel Lawler Green Energy Solutions – the Energy Services Company responsible for the site – for their implemented energy saving measures and their continued support through measurement and verification (M&V).

Also speaking at the event was Cormac Healy, Project Manager in Dublin City Council’s Energy Steering Group, who explained the EPC process from the lead-in time to the final signing of the contract. Highlighting the benefits of EPC, he emphasises the potential for similar contracts within the public sector.

A presentation from Philip Goode of Noel Lawler Green Energy Solutions provided an insight into the ESCO experience on the project and was followed by an open discussion. Participants were left with an EPC leaflet and a case study providing energy saving figures on DCC’s energy performance contract.