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Wetlands Centre Tralee

January 2011 – http://www.traleebaywetlands.org/

Team Members: Maurice Falvey, Mechanical Engineer and Supplier

Download project details: Tralee Bay Wetland Centre

Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre is conceived and planned by Tralee Town Council as an innovative, sustainable and authentic ‘must see’ visitor attraction, developed to the highest international standards, aimed at attracting new overseas and domestic tourists to Tralee and the wider South-West region.


The project, costing €4.5m to develop, is jointly funded by Tralee Town Council and Fáilte Ireland under the National Development Plan (2007-13). It is expected to attract up to 70,000 visitors per annum at peak.

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Nilan VPM560 provides mechanical ventilation & heat recovery using heat pump technology, its energy is obtained from extracted air and uses it to heat up fresh air supply into building. If there is plenty of activity within the building including solar gains the VPM560 will have sufficient energy to draw upon and if not, the Gas boiler will assist by boosting air temperature locally at air beams and with thermally well insulated building and air tight adds to efficiency of the system. From initially start up at 6am the system just need “kick-start” by circulating hot water around air beam for few hours and when staff start to arrive in the building, it’s able to hold its internal temp from there on using “active heat recovery”….  Download… Tralee Bay Wetland Centre_rev00

Rathmore Residential Centre

Floor Area 850m2, ICF Construction by Thermohouse.
Nilan VPM120 Air-to-Air heat pump for active heat recovery and active cooling for summer time operation. Air-to-Water heat pump connected to underfloor systems and pre-heating domestic hot water and a Oil Boiler for reheating domestic hot water to 60degC. To maintain comfortable +21degC is costing €4.78 per day on average…
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Irish Society of Autism building.

The 630m2 building was substantially renovated and a new extension added to the now 9 bedroom/Ensuite assisted living building. The Nilan VPM240 (max. flowrate 2400m3/hr) provides all ventilation for building and heat recovery via Air-to-Air heat pump which delivers air heating up to 30degC in winter period and air cooling during summer. Zoned underfloor heating system was installed throughout on ground floor and weather compensated heating hot water was supplied by a 17KW ground source heat pump. Domestic hot water is preheated by same ground source heat pump and maintained at +60degC in re-heat cylinder by oil boiler. Rain water collection tank was installed and piped to all toilets which limits need for mains water supply. LED lighting with motion sensors were installed to ensure unnecessary lighting was switched off when the area was unoccupied. The system design provides a truly sustainable building with low running costs for operator.

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54 Retirement Bungalows in Ennsicorthy Co Wexford.

54, 1 & 2 Bed Purpose Built Retirement Bungalows in Enniscorthy Co Wexford    
Built in 2007, the bungalows are constructed from timber frame to 2005 Building Regulations and received grant funding from SEAI for its sustainable development and investment in renewable technology. Nilan VP18 EK6 provides ventilation and active air-to-air heating and domestic hot water from exhausted air and back up with underfloor heating. Ideal solution in nursing home situation where fresh air is provided on a 24/7 basis and maintaining constant +21degC with added benefit of cooling in summer, all for average electricity bill of €800/year per dwelling.photo 3photo 2photo 4photo 1