Sustainability Definition: “Meeting the needs of the present without compromising our future needs”
PUNCH is accredited with Sustainable Energy Ireland (www.sei.ie) to provide BER assessments for commercial buildings and accredited with BRE (UK and Ireland) (www.sei.co.uk) to provide BREEAM assessments.
PUNCH believes that it is very important to discuss the scope and commitment to Sustainable Design at the very beginning of the life of the project with the client and any other major stakeholders (preferably before even the site has been chosen). PUNCH approach is based on 10 key principles:
1. Selection and Development of Sites to Promote Liveable Communities
2. Develop Flexible Design to Enhance Building Longevity
3. Use Natural Strategies to Protect and Restore Water Resources
4. Improve Energy Efficiency, Insulation Standards and Solar Gain
5. Examine Alternatives/Renewable Energy Sources
6. Maximise the Positive Aspects of the Internal Environment
7. Water Conservation and Recycling
8. Use of Environmentally Friendly Building Material
9. Extend the Sustainable Approach from the Building to the Site
10. Reduce Reuse and Recycle
PUNCH has brought many innovative designs to projects that have improved the ratings of developments. Sustainable design options that have been incorporated include geothermal solutions, reduction of air leakage within a building, thermal mass heating and cooling systems, cut and fill optimisation, green roofs and sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS)
The following list details a variety of projects PUNCH have undertaken which included sustainable designs:
- Analog Devices European Research and Development Centre on the 14th August 2015 became the first office building in Ireland to achieve the LEED Platinum certification
- University of Limerick Analog Devices Building provides 10,000sq.m of research laboratories, offices and teaching facilities was designed to meet BREEAM Excellent standard
- Cork Prison included a number of sustainable measures to compliment the BREEAM design – including on site attenuation of surface water run-off and rain water harvesting system for recycling grey water
- Cork City Hall, won the RIAI Best Sustainable Building Award and the Irish Concrete Society Sustainability Award 2007. The project consist of 9,200m2 of naturally ventilated office space
- Limerick County Council Offices was shortlisted for the RIBA Sustainability Award 2004.
- SAP Offices Galway received a Best New Global Design Award at the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design Awards in 2004.
For further details on these projects and other sample sustainable projects that PUNCH has completed, refer to the Sustainability section of Our Projects, or use the Quicklinks section on this page.
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