Track G | High Performance Buildings & Communities
Dublin City University (DCU) launched its latest Strategic Plan in September 2017. Titled “Talent, Discovery and Transformation”, it looks ahead to
the next five years and outlines what will shape and drive the approach into the future whilst retaining the principles and values that continue
to define DCU. The key themes of talent, discovery, creativity, society, technology and sustainability were identified as the framework for this
approach and the major goals against which DCU will track its success. At the heart of the plan are nine strategic goals of which one specifically
places sustainability at the core of the university ensuring that it plays a key role in all academic, research and operational activities. In
terms of operations, the plan will be to establish ecological footprint metrics, set ambitious targets to reduce them and to continue the excellent
works that have been carried out to date, but as an extension of the objective DCU plan to identify one of its campuses and seek to develop it
as a carbon-neutral exemplar campus. This prioritization of sustainability as a key theme reflects not only a commitment to address a critical,
global challenge but also the realization of the messages that DCU convey as an exemplar organization to both students and society.
The DCU study carried out in Quarter 1 2018 critically examines this particular strategic goal and identifies the optimal and preferred campus, sets in motion an implementation program and puts in place a progress timeline and transition plan to carbon-neutral status; a roadmap model to campus carbon neutrality. It is the initial road-mapping methodology that DCU shall embark upon to plan towards carbon neutrality and within it contains a literature review of best practice, an examination of the latest methods of calculating and reducing carbon footprint, the calculation of the footprint of the chosen exemplar campus, investigate how sustainability can be integrated into existing buildings, infrastructure and operations, sets in motion a plan and funding model for the implementation of effective and efficient sustainable energy technologies for future builds and retrofits, ensures DCU is ready for the implementation of the Near Zero Energy Building legislation, explores financial and support mechanisms, and in terms of master-planning looks at the latest green standards that DCU should adhere to in the development of the exemplar campus.
Richard Kelly is the Estates Manager in Dublin City University and is responsible for the strategic management and development of energy systems and infrastructure across all campuses. A former Consultant, he is a Chartered Engineer, and holds memberships with Engineer’s Ireland, the Energy Institute (UK), and the Association of Energy Engineers (US). Richard holds a First Class Honours Degree in Building Services Engineering from the University of Ulster, a First Class Executive Masters in Business Administration from Dublin City University and is a qualified European Energy Manager and Certified Energy Manager. He has specific interest in Energy Management and Sustainable Generation and has recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma, with Distinction, in Sustainable Energy at the University of Dublin, Trinity College.
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