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Dublin City Council
Ireland - 500 000 inhabitants

Presentation of the organisation:

Dublin City is the capital city of Ireland and one of Europe's most vibrant cities. It is the most rapidly developing city of the 25 EU capital cities.

The city is steeped in culture through arts, theatre and folklore. There are many architectural features of interest around the city from Georgian Dublin to the very modern Spire on O' Connell Street.

Dublin is a youthful and dynamic city with a number of universities such as Trinity College and technical colleges.

Modern chic restaurants, bars and ultra-modern hotels have developed Dublin into a cosmopolitan city, while Temple Bar and the older icons such as Trinity College, Merrion Square and the National Museum are distinguished tourist attractions. Dublin City is the third most visited City in Europe.

Dublin City is home to approximately 500,000 people and with an extensive commuter belt bringing a large number of people into the city for work, education and recreation.

Actions implemented in the field of building performance:

Dublin City Council and their energy agency CODEMA are very committed to the areas of good energy management, energy efficiency and sustainable development.

The Civic Offices building is the headquarters of the Local Authority and is regularly frequented by the general public. Approximately 1,600 people work in the building. A combined heat and power unit supplies heat and electricity to the building and also to three hotels, a hostel, apartment complexes and Christchurch Cathedral. The system is the only successful district heating plant in operation in Ireland. It has been calculated that the unit has resulted in a 25% reduction in primary energy consumption and a 40% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. This is the first building in Dublin to be certified under the DISPLAY CAMPAIGN.

The Finglas Swimming Pool & Leisure Centre is another flagship Dublin City Council project and demonstrates how a swimming pool can successfully integrate sustainable design techniques and provide a low energy, user-friendly, easily maintainable building without any comprises on the comfort of occupants.

Dublin City Council is landlord to approximately 26,000 social housing units, and has recently upgraded its existing social housing stock in terms of improving thermal conditions by window replacement, upgrade of heating system, draught-proofing doors and roof insulation. This has led to well-defined economic, social and environmental benefits through elimination of fuel poverty among its housing tenants and major reductions of carbon dioxide.

The latest social housing scheme at York Street, St. Stephens Green, has a very high energy and environemental specification of 56kWh/m2 per year which is less than half the current standard. The low energy design integrates renewable energy, rainwater harvesting and waste management.

Number of buildings involved up to now:

Day nursery / Kindergarten
General school
Professional school
Administrative building

Swimming pool
Sport hall
Social / Cultural building

Health centre
Rescue centre

Individual house

Contact:M. Gerry Wardell
Department:City of Dublin Energy Management Agency


Unit 50, Guinness Enterprise Centre, Taylor\'s Lane
IE-N/A Dublin 8

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