Sustainable Development

An important aspect in protecting our environment is sustainable urban development. In Dublin , some new buildings have been designed to achieve high efficiency in water and energy conservation.

Eircom Building

An example of a sustainable building is the Eircom Building, located at the new Heuston South Quarter (HSQ). This building has twin-skin glazing for insulation against glare from the sun and traffic noise. It also boasts automatic energy efficient lighting, and heat sensors can react to maintain correct levels throughout the building.

The Eircom Building won first in its class for sustainability and energy management at the Irish Property Awards in 2008.

The Green Building

The Green Building in Temple Bar also illustrates how environmentally friendly buildings can help us to achieve sustainable urban areas. The central courtyard area was designed to provide natural ventilation and light for the building. Renewable energy sources are central to the Green Building. For example, there are photovoltaic solar arrays for electricity, solar panels for hot water and a geothermal heat pump. Overall, the design of the building and materials used resulted in a large reduction in energy use.

The Green Building won the 1995 RIAI regional award for Dublin.

Father Collins Park

In Donaghmede, north Dublin, Father Collins Park has been revamped and is now an excellent example of sustainable urban design. Five wind turbines line the central promenade and power the electrical needs in the park area (lights, water aeration system, service buildings), while the pondwater is filtered by reed beds. Green materials were used in the renovation of the Father Collins Park. Play areas, playing pitches, woodland, exercise and picnic areas are all included within the park’s boundaries. Biodiversity is strongly encouraged; over 1,200 trees and 2,000 shrubs were planted in the park, including Oak, Horse Chestnut, Ivy, Honeysuckle and Rose.

The park also encourages sustainable, green transport within north Dublin. Cycling and walking paths through the park are part of the ‘green route’ planned for the area.

Wind Turbines in Fr. Collins Park

Father Collins Park is a 52 hectare park that is located in Donaghmede approximately 9 kilometres from Dublin's city centre.The park was developed by Dublin City Council's Parks & Landscape Services Division and its design results from an international competition held in 2003 , which was won by designers from Argentina. The park is named after Father Joseph Collins (1924-1979) who was the first parish priest of the local Holy Trinity Parish. Sustainability is promoted within the park through the use of wind turbines for energy, water recirculation and wetland creation and the provision of a green roof on the football changing rooms. Recreational provision includes football fields, childrens playgrounds, a skateboard park and a perimeter walk/cycle path with fitness stations. Since its opening, in May 2009, the park has proved to be very popular and has set a standard for quality public park design & delivery.

Courtesy of Dublin City Council
Wind Turbines in Fr. Collins Park
Courtesy of Dublin City Council

Wind Turbines in Fr. Collins Park

Father Collins Park is a 52 hectare park that is located in Donaghmede approximately 9 kilometres from Dublin's city centre.The park was developed by Dublin City Council's Parks & Landscape Services Division and its design results from an international competition held in 2003 , which was won by designers from Argentina. The park is named after Father Joseph Collins (1924-1979) who was the first parish priest of the local Holy Trinity Parish. Sustainability is promoted within the park through the use of wind turbines for energy, water recirculation and wetland creation and the provision of a green roof on the football changing rooms. Recreational provision includes football fields, childrens playgrounds, a skateboard park and a perimeter walk/cycle path with fitness stations. Since its opening, in May 2009, the park has proved to be very popular and has set a standard for quality public park design & delivery.

Courtesy of Dublin City Council
Enlarge image

previousPrevious - National Botanic Gardens
Next - Local Events & Informationnext