The original Carroll's Factory which was completed in 1970 has received architectural recognition as one of Irelands finest modern industrial buildings designed in a Mesian style, and is a designated protected structure.
The modernist landmark has been reborn for Dundalk IT as an avant garde exemplar of wind energy storage and an ingenious approach to integrated heating, ventilation and cooling, as sustainable design expert Chris Croly of BDP explains.
Important features include airtightness improvement of an existing building, the innovative selection of an unusual insulation and airtight layer location, the use of significant load sensing controls to limit plant loads, the use of an ice bank renewable energy storage linked to an on-site wind turbine, and a grid smoothing system. The use of building controls to regulate and smooth building electrical energy demand, providing an example of one possible response to smart metering.
This project clearly demonstrates that there is a potential for buildings to play a significant role in adapting Ireland’s electrical demand to be more suitable for the integration of wind energy