With people spending so much time in the office, it’s important that people are happy in their environment. Green Energy Solutions strive to increase employee productivity for you and your business through the design of innovative building services. The working environment has a huge impact on not just how an employee performs at work but how much they enjoy work too. We've all heard the stories about good health contributing to healthier minds and therefore better work. However, what we tend to discuss less is the correlation between office building services and employee health.
A number of features can be included in designs to reduce any chance of damaging employee health. A natural ventilation system can be designed to get fresh air into the office all day long. Fresh air is essential to the body and a steady supply of fresh air can increase it's performance. Studies estimate that it costs $40 per person per year to double the ventilation rate of a building but the associated productivity benefits range can by x175 more. When energy efficiency technologies are used, the cost per person can be reduced to as much as $18 per person per year.
C&D Foods H.Q
This Project involved the fit-out of the European Headquarters for C & D Foods Ltd. The project from a services perspective required careful detailing of all visible products – lights, grilles, fire alarm devices etc. to ensure the high grade finishes required by the architect were not compromised. We were delighted to be involved in this project which subsequently won the Office Fit out of the Year Award 2014.
Bord Na Móna H.Q
This project comprised of a refurbishment of the existing headquarters building and also an additional 600m² extension. The key design elements comprised of an energy efficient lighting system, daylight harvesting, natural ventilation and new heating system. Computer simulated models in the early design were able to determine the long term energy usage and operations estimates for the new offices.
GES staff were hired to carry out the design of building services for the Voluntary Health Board (V.H.I.) Call Centre in Kilkenny. The project was broken into two stages; Stage I is a new extension to the existing call centre Building and also construction of a new catering facility. Stage II consists of refurbishment and upgrade of the existing building. On completion, the overall floor area of the new and refurbished call centre was 7,600m².
Due to expansion, the EPA H.Q in Wexford required an extension. In this new extension, a biomass boiler, automated lighting system, automated facades, heat recovery systems, rain water harvesting and PV were all installed and designed. These works gave the client a highly energy efficient building achieving a Building Energy Rating of A3.
Through early design integration, the construction costs were not significantly different to those of a non green building.
Galway County Council
GES have worked with many Local Authorities. This project with Galway City Council involved the replacement of the existing oil boilers with high efficiency - high output modular condensing gas boilers. This was the first Irish installation of this ‘Ares Tec’ high efficiency boiler. 15 solar PV panels were also installed on the roof with the potential to supply 4.05kWp of renewable energy into the building. This project was part funded by the SEAI's Better Energy Communities 2013, which resulted in annual cost savings of €20,000 or a 35% saving for the local authority.
Bray Civic Offices on behalf of OPW
The refurbishment and new fit out of Bray’s Intreo office located in the main civic centre within the town consisted of new efficient lighting system along with daylight & occupancy sensoring, power & data connection along with fibre backbone connectivity and ventilation system all within a live office environment. As part of the works, Intreo secured the first floor which was required due to expansion in the workforce which subsequently required full M&E fit out and full integrations into the existing services and data centre.