In our current environment, our GP services are under-pressure, our hospitals are under ever more strain and our population is aging. Ireland is set to be the oldest country in Europe and our supply is not meeting demand. Green Energy Solutions are working closely on public and private projects to put in place nursing homes to manage our ageing population, Primary Care Centres to take the stress off of Hospitals and Screening Centres to reduce waiting list times among other things.
Nursing homes have long operating hours and large energy costs. In a typical nursing home heating can account for 60% of the total energy costs. By employing our energy reduction strategies your heating load can be reduced by up to a third. Another large consumer of energy is lighting. On average, 25% of your electricity costs come from lighting. We have successfully cut these costs by a third. This has multiple benefits including reduced carbon footprint, improved working environment for your staff and improved living environment for your residents.
Primary Care Centres
Our sister company, Noel Lawler Consulting Engineers have signed a contract to construct and maintain 5 of 14 Primary Care Centres (PCC) being built throughout Ireland. This was the first Publicly Procured Project (PPP) to be delivered using Building Information Modelling (BIM).
Kilcock Primary Care Centre is the first of the five to open its doors in 2018. We have been working with Balfour Beatty, JJ Rhatigan & Co. in the design of these projects and are now looking forward to seeing the end result. Centres won by NLCE were Waterford, Dungarvan, Carrick-On-Suir and Wexford and Kilcock.
This new modern 40,000sq. ft. medical facility was developed to facilitate GP Practices and medical suites. The HSE also provide primary & community services within this new Centre.
Our role in this project was the design of all specialist medical services, including nurse call systems, medical gases etc. Also general building services such as lighting, emergency lighting, power, fire alarm, lift, security, heating and plumbing.
We also carried out extensive thermal modelling of the building and interface with architecture to minimise the energy consumption and therefore make the building an environmentally friendly one while also reducing the long term costs of utility bills for he client.
Wygram Nursing Home
Wygram Nursing Home is a modern, new state of the art residence designed to maximise its unique position in the centre of Wexford Town. It is a home in the community. Most of the rooms have stunning views of Wexford Harbour and surrounding areas.
Green Energy Solutions aided the development of a 34,400ft² nursing home facility and ancillary structures near the heart of Wexford Town. The facility which provides care for up to seventy-four residents was kitted out with fire detection and alarm systems, emergency lighting, internal lighting ventilation systems and a heating system.
VHI Screening Centre
The design of mechanical and electrical services including specialist medical services i.e nurse call systems, medical gases and also high efficiency air conditioning system were all incorporated into this development.
Preparation of budgets for services element, issuing of tender drawings and specifications, and nomination and recommendation of sub-contractors post tender were also things considered and provided by our engineers. We attended the site and design team meetings regularly. Snagging and commissioning of all plant and equipment at sign-off stage was also a part of the service as was a review of all health & safety and operation & maintenance manuals.
Midlands Regional Hospital
Green Energy Solutions were hired first in the HSE Midlands Hospital Portlaoise to administer a water survey. The aim of this survey was to understand where water is being used, how much is being used, and if it could be used more efficiently. The survey results returned that the hospital was wasting a large amount of water. A BMS panel was installed to monitor and control the buildings use of water therefore minimizing waste.
A number of years later, the hospital site needed a CCTV Upgrade. This extensive CCTV upgrade included new recording equipment, upgrading to the security hut, new CCTV monitors as well as new internal and external cameras.