Research at Douglas Carroll
To be at the cutting edge of the latest technological developments, Douglas Carroll have an ongoing relationship with Waterford Institute of Technology. Pearse has been an External Examiner on the Building Services Degree course and also on the panel that set out the scope of the new Masters Degree in Sustainable Design at WIT.
As a logical expansion of that relationship, we are now actively involved with WIT on the recently launched WIN-IPT (The Wales Ireland Network for Innovative Photovoltaic Technologies) initiative. WIN-IPT seeks to research and explore the development of energy produced from the sun. Douglas Carroll sees this technological development as part of the future of the built environment and are participating as industrial partners to facilitate a range of products come to market.
The Wales Ireland Network for Innovative Photovoltaic Technologies (WIN-IPT) is an industry-driven initiative, designed to promote innovation and enhance business opportunities for SMEs working in the area of Photovoltaic (PV) technologies.
Douglas Carroll is now partnered with WIN-IPT and is currently collaborating on a number of research projects.
This 3-year programme (2012 – 2014) has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Wales Ireland Programme 2007-13 www.irelandwales.ie
Completed Pilot Sustainable Projects
HSE Central Remedial Clinic Waterford
A specialist assessment and treatment centre for children and adults with disabilities. A low energy design has been achieved through air tightness, insultation, heat recovery ventilation and intelligent low energy lighting and energy monitoiring. This building is now serving as a benchmark for energy efficiency for Health Service buildings within the south east region and is being monitored for energy performance in conjunction with the research and development department in Waterford Institute of Technology. The Central Remedial Clinic has been designated a Centre of Excellence by the National Accreditation Committee for its high standard of training delivery in Adult Services.
HSE - Tus Nua Crisis House - Enniscorty
This step down psychiatric residential HSE facility provides an interactive, rehabilitation & educational facility for 12 clients. A variety of support rooms provide therapeutic and social activities which encourage independent living. A low energy design has been achieved through air tightness, heat recovery ventilation, solar panels, a wood pellet boiler installation & rain water harvesting.
Pilot Sustainable Projects: Construction/Planning
Coolmore House, Thomastown
This classical late Georgian residence stands on 242 acres at Coolmore, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny on the banks of the River Nore. Douglas Carroll were appointed M & E Engineers for the upgrade works to the main house, stables and gate lodge and are fulfilling the client brief of being Energy Neutral. Passive sustainable features that have been introduced to the building to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions. Active sustainable measures include extensive use of Photo Voltaic which may make this project the largest PV farm in Ireland. A MICRO Hydro Installation will allow for additional power generation from the on site stream.
Bishops Palace, Waterford
As part of the our research collaboration with WIN-IPT (The Wales Ireland Network for Innovative Photovoltaic Technologies) and for the first time in Ireland, Douglas Carroll are facilitating and coordinating the installation of wireless solar sensors (Photo Voltaic) for recording temperature humidity, CO2 and lighting levels in the building.