We innovate and collaborate across a number of disciplines. We explore design strategies, products, materials and services on how buildings can be taken from creation to disposal with minimal impact on the environment.
Building Integrated Photovoltaic Technology
Scott Tallon Walker Architects approach to renewable energy systems such as photovoltaic panels, is to integrate these into the design of the building, either as part of the envelope of the building or as part of a shading device. The approach that the PV panels are integral to the overall concept of the building ensures that the panels perform more than one use (ie: produce energy and form part of the cladding / part of the shading system).
Living Roofs and Facades
Green roofs and facades can provide high performance building fabric insulation with the advantage of providing retention of storm water run-off in line with SuSD requirements. Scott Tallon Walker Architects have implemented an extensive (sedum) grass roof at the Point Village and combined this with a rainwater harvesting system to provide irrigation to other garden areas as well as WC flushing.
Green or living roofs can increase a building’s efficiency, improve the local ecology of the area, particularly in urban sites, and help to decrease the urban heat island effect from sun radiating off infrastructural surfaces. Green roofs can also improve the visual aspect of roofs which are overlooked and can provide amenity space for building occupants.
Energy Monitoring Devices
Energy monitoring devices, and energy sub-metering, allow building owners, tenants and maintenance managers to review energy consumptions patterns during a building’s occupation. Operating systems may include heating and air conditioning, ventilation, lighting, power, security, and alarm systems.
Energy and Existing Buildings
Emissions from existing building stock account for 99.7% of the total carbon dioxide emission of buildings. 50of these buildings will still exist in 2050. If Kyoto targets are to be met, these buildings must be adapted to meet current performance targets.
Ref. ''RIBA Climate change briefing''
The renovation of existing and historic buildings to achieve energy targets and improve thermal performance can result in the inappropriate alteration of important architectural features, or, perhaps even worse, cause serious damage to the historic building materials through unwanted chemical reactions or moisture caused deterioration. This specialist work needs to address both energy / conservation and the enhancement of the architectural quality both in terms of comfort and building use.
Scott Tallon Walker Architects have a wealth of experience in this field including the renovation of the existing Carroll’s Building for the Dundalk Institute of Technology, the refurbishment and conversion of Father Mathew Hall to an office building, an extension to the Gate Theatre, and the renovation of the Goulding House summer residence.