OCSC were commissioned by DMOD Architects and the client, BD Medical to act as LEED Accredited Professional assessors for a LEED assessment of the plant.
This project consisted of an extension to the existing medical process facility located on Pottery Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. The extension consisted of two stories measuring 2,848m2 and is designed to facilitate the existing pharmaceutical manufacturing processes.
As issues with climate change, energy usage, sustainable operation and maintenance are becoming a focal point of national and international policies, BD Medic al Corporate have adopted the LEED sustainable assessment method to validate the holistic sustainable approach to their building designs.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the American version of the sustainable assessment procedure and is quickly becoming the benchmark for all sustainable assessment rating systems.
BD Medical have targeted a LEED “Silver” rating. In order to achieve this rating a complex dynamic model was generated to assist in the design of the buildings to utilize external shading, areas that will be naturally ventilated and the complex usage of waste heat to heat the building.
Other main aspects of the sustainable design consisted of:
• Materials containing low Volatile Organic Compounds
• Extensive energy metering for monitoring and verification purpose’s
• Low energy process plant selection by the client in order to ensure additional energy and atmosphere credits
• Low energy external lighting
• Connection to waste heat compressors