Improve the energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality of your A-rated building

AMBER PROJECT

What challenges affect A-rated buildings?

The Building Energy Rating (BER) is the energy-performance certification system in Ireland and at times, differences have been observed between the energy consumption on the BER and the actual energy used by homeowners and building users. Ireland has also adopted a policy of making new buildings airtight and the affect this has on indoor air and environmental quality is unclear due to a lack of relevant research.

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How will the AMBER project address these challenges?

The project will collect BER and sensor data from 100 domestic and 25-40 non-domestic A-rated buildings recruited by project partners Ó Cualann and RIAI, to analyse power loads and indoor environmental quality for one year in each building, taking into account the differences in use and operation of different building types. Energy and IEQ data will be paired with post-occupancy research and made available to SEAI and to the occupants via dashboards.

A sensitivity analysis using IES’s suite of intelligent building software will then be carried out to review NEAP/DEAP methodologies and identify key parameters, which affect compliance, to develop guidelines to minimise the performance gap. Indoor Environmental Quality data will also be reviewed to generate recommendations to expand consideration of user wellness for the BER methodology. Finally, a set of guidelines will be developed to support the holistic consideration of energy efficiency in all design aspects. 

The final package of recommendations will be developed for maximum replicability within the Irish context through feedback loops across the value chain, and disseminated at national and European level to generate a step change in the current design and construction practice of A-rated buildings.

Who will the AMBER project benefit?

  • Homeowners / Building Occupants
    The AMBER project will provide information on how to manage an A-rated dwelling more efficiently while improving thermal comfort. The AMBER research project could eventually help thousands of Irish people improve the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses.
  • Building Designers/Constructors
    The AMBER project will provide substantial information which will improve the current design and construction of A – rated buildings.
  • Policy Makers
    Thanks to the research conducted within the AMBER project, amendments will be made to the current energy performance rating system to improve the accuracy of the BER system in Ireland.

PROJECT PARTNERS

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We are actively looking for domestic and commercial buildings in Ireland to be part of this study. 

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Advantages of being part of the AMBER project:

  • Provide you with specific recommendations to help you reduce the energy consumption, which can lead to a reduction in operational and maintenance costs in your building.
  • Provide you with substantial information which will improve the current design of A – rated buildings.
  • Provide bespoke advice to better understand how best to improve indoor air and environmental quality
  • Improved thermal comfort which can lead to an increase in productivity among occupants
  • An opportunity to be part of a unique project that could eventually help thousands of Irish people operate their buildings more efficiently. This project is the first of its kind in Ireland as there is limited post-occupancy research into A-Rated buildings.

All Irish commercial projects containing A-rated buildings are eligible to be part of this study. All publicly available research gathered during the study will be shared with all stakeholders and should your building be selected to be part of the study, we will share confidential information with you and any associated partners/clients on the findings, under NDA. IES and TCD have also offered to provide access to the data should you so require it, also under NDA and subject to GDPR guidelines.

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This project has received funding from the Research, Development and Demonstration Fund from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)

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