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University College Cork’s (UCC) Western Gateway Building has won the Renewable Energy Award at the official launch of the Sustainable Energy Awards 2011 held in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone on Thursday 14th April 2011.

The Western Gateway Building is the largest building on the UCC Complex at 25,000m² (269,100ft²) providing research and teaching accommodation for a range of academic departments such as Computer Science, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Pharmacology, Physiology, ICT and Cancer Research
Judges description: Excellent design, utilising waste heat from computer room combined together with a ground source heat pump to provide a combination of heating and cooling to the UCC Western Gateway building. This strategy, combined with an modern controls package, utilises the most efficient combination based on demand and supply. It has achieved energy savings of 30% when compared to other buildings on the campus.
The annual Sustainable Energy Awards are intended to encourage, recognise and reward excellence in energy management in the industrial, commercial and public sectors. The awards will focus on individuals, groups and organisations who demonstrate a commitment to include energy management as part of their overall management structure and provide an opportunity for organisations, regardless of size, to gain public recognition for their achievements in reducing energy use and emissions. This is the eighth year of this national initiative which is the only awards scheme recognising best practice in energy performance, management and design.

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The Western Gateway Building is a physical expression of the ambitions of the National University of Ireland, Cork, as an internationally competitive, research-led University.

This highly flexible, exceptionally sustainable education and research facility is regarded by our client as a flagship asset in their efforts to attract and retain the best international talent.

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