Dublin City Council – Energy Performance Contracting

Dublin City Council have combined energy cost savings of €170,000 annually and maintenance savings of over €70,000 annually from their first Energy Performance Contract (EPC). These results contributed to a second EPC where they antipciate a further €1 million in savings over the term of the contract.

Dublin, Ireland
Leisure Centre

In 2016 Lawler Sustainability entered into an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) with Dublin City Council across three leisure centre sites where by DCC would share the benefits of reduced heating and electricity bills, with the investment in new plant and maintenance by Lawler Sustainability. This was achieved with a mix of measures, including installing of new CHP plant, boilers, pumps, heat recovery AC systems, lighting upgrades, Building Management Systems, AHU Modifications, retro-commissioning and pool plant upgrades across the three facilities at Finglas, Markievicz and Ballymun in Dublin.

This project is still ongoing, however, it was originally anticipated that it would result in 30% annual energy savings for each leisure centre, resulting in combined energy cost savings of €170,000 annually and maintenance savings of over €70,000 annually. However, in just 2 years the annual savings are higher than anticipated at 42%.

In 2019 Lawler Sustainability won a second Energy Performance Contract (EPC) with Dublin City Council. The energy contract involves the upgrade to the efficiency of 7 of its sports facilities and will see a saving of €1 million over the term of the contract. As the Energy Service Company (ESCo), working with Codema, Dublin’s Energy Agency, we have calculated that the project will achieve energy savings of approximately 35% and will offset carbon emissions by 321 tonnes each year. We guarantee energy savings over an agreed period of 8 years. The contract also includes full maintenance of all equipment associated with the upgrades.

The energy upgrades will be completed by the end of 2019 and will include Building Management System (BMS) optimisation, new LED lighting, new combined heat and power systems to efficiently heat the swimming pool in Ballyfermot, improved building control systems for effective management of all equipment and renewable energy measures through the installation of solar photovoltaic panels.

Lawler Sustainability will work with Codema to carry out regular Measurement and Verification (M&V) of savings in each of the buildings – Ballyfermot Sports & Fitness Centre, St Catherine’s Community Sports Centre, Ballybough Youth & Community Centre, Cabra Parkside, Poppintree Community Sports Centre, Irishtown Sports & Fitness Centre and Bluebell Recreation Centre.

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