Colaiste Choilm, Tullamore

Coady Architects were delighted to be commissioned by the Department of Education and Skills for this exciting sustainability research project. The multi-award winning low energy Post Primary school for 575 pupils was the first in `Ireland to achieve an A2 Building Energy Rating. The linear building, with preferential classroom orientation, faces onto a tree-lined drive to the west and play areas and grass pitch to the east. The classrooms have automatic air quality control provided by automatic ventilators, controlled by Co2 and temperature sensors. These ensure constant good air quality throughout the school day. As part of the research process a number of rooms have heat recovery ventilation for comparison purposes. The systems also include photovoltaic and thermal solar panels to harvest energy, a biomass boiler and a CHP unit. All the innovations in the school have been monitored in use since occupation in 2012 and are informing the on-going development of briefs for future schools.

Category Education & Research
Client Department of Education and Skills
Services Lead Consultancy and Full Architectural Design Service
Value €5.4 million
Status Completed 2012