17 Oct 2019

A win for DLR at the SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council won the Public Sector Leadership category at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) Energy Awards 2019.

The SEAI awards encourage and reward excellence in energy management. This prestigious national award is a recognition of the work and effort dlr has put in over many years and underlines the Council’s committment to a sustainable model for the benefit of its environment and communities.

dlr have consistently shown leadership by being a national test-bed for a wide range of energy innovations, from internal systems to public amenities and housing. I am absolutely delighted that the Council's innovative policies have been recognised with this award. Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr Deirdre Donnelly
dlr at SEAI Awards
Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr Deirdre Donnelly, Minister Richard Bruton, dlr County Artchitect Andrée Dargan and Julie O'Neill, Chair of SEAI.

Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council has in recent years been to the very forefront of a wide range of energy innovations, from internal systems including a monthly monitoring energy software, Energy Elephant, to manage their ISO 50001, to public amenities and housing construction techniques. Leading the way in dual usage municipal infrastructure, dlr installed the first public lighting poles to be used for charging electric vehicles and the world's first solar powered phone and electric bike charging bench, the Monna, promoting sustainable transport. Exemplar housing, whether new build or refurbishment built to nZEB and Passive House standards, has led to dlr winning the RIAI Sustainability Award for the last 3 years.

40% of public lighting in the county has been upgraded to LED and the aim is 50% by year end. LED upgrades have taken place in the dlr Leisure Centres, Community Centres and libraries in 2018-2019. A pilot for an SEAI/Energy Supplier/Credit Union loan for home energy upgrades was first trialled with dlr staff and is now being rolled out nationwide. DLR was the first Dublin Local Authority to achieve full compliance with ISO 50001 certification.

Approximately €1.1m was spent on deep retrofit energy housing upgrades from Council housing stock over the last year to bring homes to A rating. New housing is being designed to nZEB and Passive House standards and current pilots include deep energy retrofits of different house types that can be replicated elsewhere.

In addition to today’s award dlr has won the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland Sustainability Award for the last three years.

A World nZEB Forum 'Climate Action through nearly zero energy buildings' will take place in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown this November as the national nZEB standard comes into force. Once again, dlr is at the forefront in promoting best energy efficient building practices. Andrée Dargan, County Architect and Energy Performance Officer, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council