County Louth VEC has succeeded in securing substantial funding to undertake further energy conservation upgrading works at O Fiaich College Dundalk.
Significant works of this nature have already taken place at the school in recent times with the school now being highlighted nationally as a flagship ‘energy efficient’ school by the Department of Education and Skills.
The latest funding boost has come about following a successful application by the Dundalk Better Energy Community Project to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The project involved the VEC joining forces with Dundalk Institute of Technology, Youth Work Ireland and Dundalk Town Council as part of a consortium bid to undertake infrastructural energy conservation projects at a number of their respective sites. The Department of Education and Skills are also providing funding towards the upgrading works at the school.
The funding will provide for the installation of new high performance heating system boilers at the college, including new energy efficient water heating technology. The proposed new systems, as well as providing a much more satisfactory and reliable source of heat and hot water, will also save the college a great deal in gas and electricity costs. A new energy usage monitoring system is also to be installed. This system will permit school management to identify additional areas where further savings and efficiencies can be achieved.
Previous energy conservation upgrading works undertaken at the college included the application of a complete ‘envelope cladding’ on the external surface of the school.
CEO of the VEC Dr Pádraig Kirk said school building design and construction has changed significantly since the College was built in 1970 with the race now well on to find the most energy efficient school construction possible.