The Monasterboice Inn completes a major energy efficient renovation project
- 25% Extension
- 5 Years Approx Payback
- 30% Approx Energy Savings
Monasterboice Inn recently extended its premises by 25% to accommodate a new conference centre. The Inn is located north of Drogheda on the main Dublin Belfast route.
While planning their new conference centre, owner Roseanne Donegan and the general manager Karl Murphy realised that the stream running through their site would need to be re-piped. Their heating company Eurotech had the expertise to harness this energy and recommended they use a design-led approach to improving energy performance alongside an EXEED consultant.
EXEED is an Excellence in Energy Efficient Design certification programme which encourages innovation in how we design and manage projects – and it is driving the adoption of longer-term solutions to the energy challenges we face. The benefit of EXEED is that energy performance is considered right at the beginning of design of a new build or major upgrade project. This type of energy planning can reduce energy consumption and operational costs for the lifetime of the building. Projects that consider energy performance and energy management at the design stage of construction can save up to 30% in energy costs.
We have seen the results of a design-led approach and want to continue improving the energy performance and environmental credentials of our building. We have plans to build rooms in the same eco-friendly fashion taking account of building orientation and natural sources of power, right down to the lights being fitted to the correct lux level. All of our refrigeration units in the kitchen and the bar will be cooled from the stream in the near future.
Roseanne DoneganOwner of the Monasterboice Inn