Exercise & Leisure

At Green Energy Solutions we understand that today’s challenge for the leisure sector is the need to optimise energy consumption and improve energy efficiency.

The difference between project viability or maximising your revenue stream from energy efficiency is partnering with a company who understands your business. Green Energy Solutions have almost 40 years’ experience working in the leisure sector in Ireland and internationally. We work with our clients to give them commercial advantage by maximising energy reduction and energy revenue streams. We have consistently delivered savings to both owners and operators in this sector.

We provide you with appropriate advice, methods and tools for an efficient, lower cost building. This is paramount for energy efficiency success and need to be chosen specifically with the needs of your building in mind. Services include:

  • Feasibility energy audits to assess site potential

  • Investment grade audits adequate for financing proposals to be developed

  • Project execution using Energy Performance Contract (EPC) based models

  • Energy project scoping, implementation and validation

  • Energy efficient facility management

  • Maximising Energy Efficient Funding Mechanisms – Grants, Tax Breaks, Energy Credits, Technology Providers

  • Energy Auditing

  • Corporate Social Responsibility Roadmaps


Claremorris Swimming Pool

GES have carried out a number of energy efficiency projects in Claremorris Leisure Centres. Most recently, our engineers recommended the installation of a Solar PV array on the roof of the building which would generate some of the building's electricity and therefore reduce billing costs. Although there was a higher initial investment required, long terms savings will be achieved. Claremorris received an energy grant for these works which reduced the overall payback period and reduced the initial investment. 

We also devised a CHP report for the building. This was after a thorough feasibility study concluded that the installation should be recommended to the facilities manager as savings were to be made after initial investment. Shortly after, Green Energy Solutions applied for a grant on behalf of Claremorris Leisure Centre to LASPP (Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme) which would eventually help Claremorris with the installation of this CHP unit and Solar PV Array.  

Centre Parcs

Center Parcs is a €233m development in Co. Longford with onsite accommodation for 2,500 people. This massive scale project on the 395-acre site is a new tourist village with 466 Scandinavian style lodges and 30 lake view apartments. It has the largest waterpark in Ireland as well as hundreds of indoor and outdoor activities.

NLCE were appointed as mechanical and electrical design engineers at the developed design stage. This project was delivered entirely through BIM which aided the ambitious programme, and during the early design stage our teams attended weekly design team workshops.

The resulting mechanical and electrical systems included 42 air handing units (AHUs), 2 megawatts of boiler capacity for 3no. swimming pools, 3 CHP units (totalling 800kW thermal load which have the capacity to offset 600 tonnes of C02 annually), 10 different thermal experiences in the 5-Star Aqua Sana, a bowling alley, bars, themed restaurants, 466 lodges and 30 apartments.

During the construction phase of the project we provided ancillary certification for building control which involved issuing weekly observation reports for BCAR process. We also issued snag reports to contractors in pre-agreed stages allowing for snag free handover to the client.


The Watershed

GES have developed a strong relationship with The Watershed Gym in Kilkenny in recent years. Having first devised an Energy Reduction Programme for the leisure centre in 2012, GES subsequently went on to save The Watershed €75,000 per year on energy bills through the completion of an energy audit.

These works did not interrupt business opening hours and are helping the centre meet its 33% carbon reduction target. Areas which saw a significant decrease in energy load and contributed towards savings were the external pitch and track lighting, indoor lighting through reinforcement of better controls, installing Variable Speed Drives and recommissioning of the Air Handling Units (AHUs).

The Watershed have since entered its second Energy Reduction Programme in 2019 with GES and are set to save over 20% on its electrical energy consumption and further significant reductions in maintenance costs per year.

The energy upgrade works which were carried out by GES consisted of LED lighting upgrade, pump replacement and BMS and plant optimisation. As a result of the energy upgrade works cost savings are expected to be in the region of €33,000 per annum.


Dublin City Council Leisure Centres and Sports Facilities

Dublin City Council awarded its first Energy Performance Contract (EPC) project to Green Energy Solutions in July 2016, working closely with Dublin’s Energy Agency Codema in procuring this contract to upgrade three of its Sports and Fitness Facilities. This contract is for 8 years and includes full maintenance of all equipment associated with the upgrades by GES.

The energy upgrades at the three sports and fitness facilities were completed by the end of 2016 and included Building Management System (BMS) optimisation, CHP overhaul and power modulation controls, new 110 kWh CHP and power modulation controls, upgrade of lighting to LED and lighting controls, new cooling strategy for Air Handling Units, boiler plant replacement with high modulation boiler, and new controls for pool pumps

We have worked with Codema to carry our regular Measurement and Verification (M&V) of the buildings. The latest M&V figures show that in its first and second years, the EPC project has saved Dublin City Council €318,281 on its costs, and has achieved average energy savings of 38%.

In 2018 GES secured a 2nd EPC contract with DCC for 7 more of their sports and fitness centres. It is estimated that the project will realise DCC €1m in energy cost savings over the 8-year contract term. 


Croke Park

The GAA H.Q in Dublin underwent an Engineering Report in order to check the quality of mechanical and electrical systems in place. Due to the life expectancy of some systems, recommendations were made to ensure the health and welfare of the public. 
Some recommendations to Management at Croke Park were to replace passenger lifts in Cusack Stand for Health & Safety reasons. Implement Energy Saving measures to lifts in Hogan Stand. Replace large generator with a standby generator which is expected to last between 20 and 30 more years. Ensure all lighting and all future installed lighting are linked to BMS in order to monitor energy load and allow for future changes. 


Séan Kelly Sports Centre

After a fire destroyed much of the boiler and plant rooms, we were hired to complete renovation works in the building. Boilers, heat pumps and AHUs all needed replacing. Vents needed to be cleaned as soot was blown from the damaged area through the vents and into swimming pool. Filters in the pool then also required changing.

This building is a community favorite in Carrick-On-Suir, giving the public access to gyms and swimming facilities that might require significant travel otherwise.