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World’s First Zero Carbon Conference Center Opens in Dublin
The center is designed in compliance with the new IOC 14001 environmental standard, which requires rigorous testing of the building and its systems. Inside, the CCD is packed with state of the art HVAC and control systems to minimize energy consumption. The central technology is an integrated building automated system (IBAS) which monitors and manages the building’s energy consumption in real-time. An energy recovery ventilation system (ERV) is crucial for maintaining air quality when the building is packed — it reclaims energy from outgoing air and water vapor. An ice storage thermal unit (ISTU) will cool the building by using off-peak energy to produce ice, which can be used during peak energy periods.
The energy used by the building will be procured through the purchase of carbon credits. The center’s zero carbon claims may be difficult to defend as no on-site energy production is available, but the project’s rigorous low-energy design will prove to be a key to its success.
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