Energy saving offices light way for future developments
A new office block unveiled yesterday is among the most energy efficient buildings in the state.
Chartered Land Grand Canal Square office development uses 60pc less energy than a traditional structure, and will save tenants €200,000 a year in fuel bills for every 10,000 square metres of office space leased.
Last year, new building regulations were introduced which require developers to make new buildings 40pc more energy efficient. Tougher standards which require a 60pc improvement will be introduced later this year.
Environment Minister John Gormley unveiled a plaque yesterday at the development, designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, which features a seven-storey wall featuring 1,000 letters from 'Finnegan's Wake'.
"Climate change is an issue in terms of energy usage but we're going to continue to see a price rise when it comes to dwindling oil and gas so we have to be aware that this is the way to go," Mr Gormley said.
"I think it's relatively easy to do. This is not huge extra expenditure. This year we're going for 60pc and I hope it will be signed into law by the end of the year, as promised."