Case Studies 1
The Irish Wheelchair Association:
The Irish Wheelchair Association provides housing, respite and range of daycare facilities. The Clontarf campus consists of 13 domestic dwellings, respite accommodation, a sports-hall and gym, as well as an administration and finance building.
The IWA identified a number of key issues they hoped to address concerning their heating system for their residents, employees and service-users. The previous system consisted of a variety of oil and gas boilers. The gas supply was insufficient to provide adequate heating and a new gas-line would have cost €60-70,000 to install.
SE Systems identified an innovative and efficient renewable energy technology system using AIR-Source Heat Pumps. This created significant long-term savings for the IWA, allowing them to reinvest in their services.
- A variety of oil and gas boilers provided insufficient heating
- There was no singular responsibility for the heating
- No independent, remote controls existed to monitor or support use
- The heating system was inefficient and was not cost-effective
- Air-Source Heat Pump technology was installed alongside the current gas supply
- The IWA identified two Energy Champions to instill a process for management and responsibility
- The Energy Champions were trained on Energy Efficiency Awareness Courses
- A remote access system was installed and controls were managed on one site
- The remote access system also established a continuous relationship with the installers
- The heating system was divided into zones, monitored and adjusted by the Energy Champions
- Other projects were identified by the IWA for energy efficiency upgrades, creating annual savings of up to €40,000 on energy bills