While the works are progressing on the inside, we decided to give the school entrance a little tidy up by felling the tree and removing the old canopy before the new doors and windows are fitted in the next few weeks.
Thanks to Mr Fleming & Mr Gannon (two past students, who were more than willing to help with the demolition) and to Brendan Gildea for his assistance in the safe removal of the porch.
During our building works a little issue of 30 or 40 thousand bees caused a small delay in the fitting of our external lighting. As much as we would love to have left them in their natural hive, the position of it was unsuitable. They have now been carefully removed and are happily located in a much more suitable location and home!
We are delighted our planning permission application for 30m2 of Photovoltaic Panels has been granted by Galway Co Co, During the summer these panels will be fitted to the south facing roof of our building to further enhance our green energy rating.
The Department of Education and SEAI have concluded the Etendering process, and have appointed E.T. Burke Construction as the contractor to carry out our Deep Energy Retrofit. Everything is on schedule and we have moved out of the building this evening. As of Monday the 24th the work begins and is expected to be completed before the 22nd August. As the main school building is now a construction site, no unauthorised access is permitted until works are completed. Please note we will be based in the prefabs for the summer if you need to see us and are still available on 093 38203 and via email as usual,
Although the school will be closing for the summer break shortly, the school building will hopefully be busier than ever during the break as we are delighted to have finally reached the etender stage of our upcoming Deep Energy Retrofit. It is now available on https://www.etenders.gov.ie
All going well, and subject to budgets and the tendering process, during the summer we are going to see the 67 building, auditorium and canteen getting new windows & external doors, new piping & radiators and 200mm of external cladding insulating this building. The whole school will also be getting an energy efficient cascade Gas heating system installed to replace our aging inefficient oil fired heating system. The 2009 building will also have thermostatic valves incorporated into the existing system to allow for individual zoning of classrooms and common areas. We are also adding 2 draught lobbies to control heat loss from the building from the two main entrances to the building.
To further enhance our energy rating, we are also installing LED external lighting for the whole school grounds, which will complement the LED lighting we already have internally throughout the school. Hopefully, all of this work, plus the 19 Photovoltaic Panels will place our aging school building in an energy class comparable to many new builds.
We will be able to monitor and control our energy usage by a state of the art computerised Building Management System (BMS) and a simple traffic light system will show students and staff if our average energy usage is acceptable by showing green, amber or red.