The capital project team at Tyndall and University College Cork (UCC) have been awarded the Energy in Buildings Award at the 2021 Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) awards.

The award recognised the upgrade works to the protected Kiln Building at Tyndall which was originally constructed in 1903. The project involved a deep renovation of the building to create a modern 21st century research facility. 

The team’s aim was to best use the building’s capacity while also transforming the dark spaces into light filled environments and to promote the key values of wellness, sustainability and encouraging scientific interaction.

The Kiln Building has achieved a BER A3 rating, the first protected structure (100 years old) to do so in the country. This has been achieved without the benefit of renewables and the project is now an exemplar for many similar buildings of this era which need to be updated to achieve today's carbon standards. Smart building technology was a key component of the design and smart sensors were used in the lighting along with demand control on heat, light, power, and ventilation.

Commenting on the award Tim Cronin, Capital Projects Officer, said: “It is fantastic to have won the award for Energy in Buildings. It is a true recognition of all the efforts that we have put in in terms of achieving green campus, sustainability, ISO 50001 and energy efficient design.”