As part of the Abbey Creative Quarter development, the Brewhouse building will be turned into 4500 m2 of high Grade A office space designed to meet the LEED Gold certification for sustainability.
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)
Lawler Sustainability was approached to take on the project of redeveloping the old Smithwick’s brewhouse in Kilkenny.
Given this building’s ties to our local community in Kilkenny, our team was thrilled to be given the responsibility of delivering this redevelopment.
Our team has ensured to bring the building up to modern standards through high-level upgrades while maintaining the industrial heritage and aura of the building.
Sustainability was at the core of all design decisions and as a result, the office spaces developed meet the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standard set by the US Green Building Council.
In fact, we managed to attain LEED gold certification for the Brewhouse development, the second highest rating possible in the LEED system. This will ensure that carbon footprint will be minimised across the entire lifecycle of the building.
Items Contributing to LEED Certification
- PV solar cells on the roof
- Higher performance and specification facade system
- Energy optimised lighting and sanitary ware
- Bicycle facilities
- Shower facilities
- Enhanced water efficiency
- High quality indoor environment
- LEED accredited neighbourhood
- Excellent levels of natural daylight
- Excellent access to local amenities
Sustainable M&E Design
Sustainability was a prominent theme throughout this project, particularly when it came to our M&E (Mechanical and Electrical) design decisions.
We implemented low-flow water fixtures, energy-efficient heating, and lighting systems into the design. These features will be supplemented by 123 solar photovoltaic panels on the roof, providing a 32kW capacity for renewable energy generation.
In addition, the building will benefit from an active facade, which provides natural ventilation. This will result in optimised oxygen levels, maximising the general health and wellbeing of the building occupants.