The last few days have been very busy in DCS getting the school ready for the return of students and staff. I know from the outside, it may look far from ready, but on the inside, we are pretty much there. The poor weather has held up the external rendering, so scaffolding has to be left in place for the next week or so to allow work to continue after school and at the weekend. As a result of this, there will be certain areas outside that students will not be permitted to access.
I appreciate your cooperation and understanding in advance of the return of our students.
The installation of our 19 photovoltaic panels (c. 5 kW) is now complete. Since 3 pm yesterday, they have already produced 28kWh, a saving of €5.32. These panels produce electricity in daylight, not just direct sunlight. Each day, students, staff and visitors to the school will be able to monitor the output on a display unit in the front hall. This data is also available to the public via this link: http://www.ginlongmonitoring.com/Terminal/TerminalMain.aspx?come=Public&pid=90380
It has been a busy summer here in Dunmore CS. Our building works are progressing extremely well and we hope to have everything completed for the 26th August, the first day of term for our incoming 1st years.
At this stage, the old heating system has been completely removed and new pipework and radiators fitted throughout the old building and redecoration started. Our old inefficient oil burners are now gone and they have been replaced by four energy-efficient gas-fired boilers. We are just waiting for the installation of our bulk gas tanks. Our boiler room has been completely refitted with a state of the art building management system. Classrooms have been fitted with individual thermostats to control the temperature of each room and a draft lobby is being added to the front hall this week.
The 200mm external insulation is progressing well, with plastering started on some parts of the building already. Phase one of our new energy efficient double glazing and external doors were fitted last month, and the final phase started today, Once these are fitted, the rest of the external insulation will be completed. and the remaining external LED lighting will be fitted.
The installation of our 19 solar panels has also begun and will hopefully be completed in the next few days.
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.