Benamore Leads the Way in Sustainable Social Housing Developments
Benamore, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s new sustainable housing development in Blackrock, was officially opened today.
Speaking prior to the opening, An Cathaoirleach explained that “Benamore is a model for energy efficiency, and incorporates many sustainable features throughout the scheme. Not only is the development finished to a very high standard, some of the ‘eco-friendly’ design innovations, including increased levels of insulation and solar panels, should result in lower fuel bills for residents.”
The apartments in Benamore Court have a district heating system with under-floor heating as well as a grey-water recycling facility. This facility is linked to the W.C.s in the apartments, and should the water level fall low, can be topped-up from the mains facility.
In Benamore Square a number of the units have solar panels fitted and the ground level apartments have achieved a Building Energy Rating of ‘A’. These are the first local authority units to achieve this rating. A grant was received from SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) to provide these energy saving elements.
According to SEAI’s Kevin O’Rourke, “SEAI supported DLRCC’s Benamore Housing Development as a demonstration project to highlight the energy savings potential of the best in sustainable energy principles and technologies. Given that significant energy efficiencies are now being realised, the project demonstrates the replication potential of such practices across other housing developments and the benefits to be achieved such as lower running costs and reduced CO2 emissions.”
Benamore’s energy usage will be monitored for the next three years to assist the Council and SEAI in understanding how these measures will result in savings in energy usage.
26th May 2010
See also the following post from barryward.ie/testsite of 3rd February 2010: Benamore Park & Court
For more information on SEAI, click here.