Practice / Sustainable Design
Newenham Mulligan and Associates are committed to a progressive and responsible sustainable design approach.
As a design philosophy we seek to follow the International Union of Architects definition of sustainable design as that which
“integrates consideration of resource and energy efficiency, healthy buildings and materials, ecologically and socially sensitive land-use, and an aesthetic sensitivity that inspires, affirms and ennobles; sustainable design can significantly reduce adverse human impacts on the natural environment while simultaneously improving quality of life and economic well being”.
Recent works includes:
Working with Ballymun Regeneration on housing/apartments that will achieve an A3 Building Energy Rating.
Use of a renewal energy source (wood chip boiler) at the Kings Hospital School.
Use of a waste minimisation scheme on site during the refurbishment of Marks & Spencer on Grafton Street.
Sensible use of passive energy measures on school projects, focusing on use of natural daylight, passive solar gain, conservation of water and energy and bio-diversity through careful landscaping including a green garden'.
Working with Shannon Development on progressive sustainable design for offices at Kerry Technology Park, Tralee.
Developing relatively high density social housing schemes with 100% south or west facing living areas, selected use of solar panels, good condensing boilers and water conservation measures including rainwater re-cycling.
Sustainable Design Case Study - Swords Pavilions Phase 3
The Swords Pavilions Phase 3 scheme will incorporate a number of new naturally ventilated public streets, meeting places & exhibition spaces all covered by a high level transparent glass roof. Lightweight and transparent, the roof structure is an essential element in the scheme as it will provide year round protection from the elements.
The new buildings have been designed along energy efficient lines and will save more than 6,500 tonnes of C02 annually- the equivalent of electricity demands for 1800 homes.
An overall energy strategy has been incorporated into the design and includes the following: Enhancing sustainability will be addressed by a three-step approach. Creating a leaner building by reducing energy demand, using energy efficiently by utilising cleaner technologies and being greener by generating a portion of power from low to zero technologies.
Energy demand will be reduced by employing a number of measures including taking a passive design approach, improving glazing performance and solar shading, reducing infiltration and artificial lighting (intelligent lighting control) etc.
Energy will be used efficiently by adopting technologies such as low energy lighting, heat recovery and variable speed motors. Energy will be generated in a manner to increase the percentage provided from renewable sources such as biomass heating.