Scott Tallon Walker

NUI Galway - Human Biology / Sustainability


The facilities are organised around an atrium space over four floors with an 'island' accommodating special functions on the south side of the atrium providing shade from direct sunlight. As part of the overall strategy to optimise the use of renewable energy onsite the building has a flat roof of ceramic/slate chip finish with an area of glazed photovoltaic panels. 

To get the greatest energy efficiencies, the design and construction of the building required an integrated planning approach. This included a collaborative design team approach to evolving the building structure, systems and surroundings together, and considering how all these systems work best together to save energy and reduce environmental impact. 

The HBB building is one of the first projects in which we have initiated Life Cycle Costing (LCA) on major building elements and services. Life-cycle analysis (LCA) is a method for assessing the total cost of facility ownership we believe that life cycle costing can be implemented as both a budgetary tool for our clients and, when considering a product’s impact on the environment as the 'cost', as a sustainable design tool. It takes into account all costs of acquiring, owning, and disposing of a building or building system. LCA is especially useful when project alternatives that fulfil the same performance requirements, but differ with respect to initial costs and operating costs or environmental impacts, have to be compared in order to select the one that maximises net savings.