Sustainability Lead, Patrycja Kochaniuk, speaks at the Irish Green Building Council's SME Renovation Roundtables
09.06.2023

 

Scott Tallon Walker Architects’ Sustainability Lead, Patrycja Kochaniuk, spoke at the Irish Green Building Council's SME Renovation Roundtables on office renovation and how working environments can be enhanced in such projects.

Scott Tallon Walker Architects’ Sustainability Lead, Patrycja Kochaniuk, spoke in person at the Irish Green Building Council's SME Renovation Roundtable in Dublin Chamber on Wednesday 7th. and over video call on Thursday 8th June. The roundtables focused on office renovation and how working environments can be enhanced in such projects. Patrycja made a presentation on the Tyndall National Institute’s 'Kiln Building' in Cork – a 100-year-old former malting kiln and protected structure used by the Institute for the past 30 years.

Our objectives with the project included:

  • Reducing heat loss
  • Achieving excellent indoor air quality and daylight
  • Reconfiguring interior spaces to provide areas for interaction and collaboration
  • Taking advantage of the building’s location on the banks of the River Lee for the enjoyment of occupants through considered fenestration

A ‘fabric-first’ strategy was used, considering different options for ventilation and other modern interventions, which prioritised the sustainability of the building and comfort for occupants. The project achieved an A3 BER – the first protected structure in Ireland to do so – and won the SEAI Energy in Building Award 2021.

Participants at the roundtables were shown drivers for retrofitting offices, and how much more than just thermal upgrade can be achieved in such projects.

Read more about the Kiln Building.

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