The Siamse Tire theatre & arts centre is based in Tralee Co Kerry. The theatre was built in 1991 and was not very energy efficient.
This project was included in a 2017 Better Energy Communities Project with NCE Insulation as the lead applicant.
A consultation process took place between the Board & the staff and they decided to install Cavity wall and attic insulation to minimise heat escaping and to help regulate indoor temperatures. They also included renewable technology through installing a heat pump and Solar PV was installed to generate electricity. They also upgraded all their lights to LED with the exception of the stage lighting.
CLIENT: Siamsa Tire
PROJECT YEAR: 2017
PROJECT TYPE: Better Energy Communities
ENERGY SAVING REPORT:
Energy use decreased by 11% between 2016 and 2017 with related emissions reducing by 26%. The energy savings are estimated to be 141,660 kWh per annum.
As you can see it is possible to upgrade a building to be energy efficient without affecting the look of the building itself.
This building was featured in the SEAI 2017 Better Energy Communities Casestudy Booklet.
The main motivation for the organisation in carrying out the upgrades was to reduce their carbon footprint.
“The CEO, Board and staff team at Siamsa Tíre are very conscious of minimising energy use and fossil fuels. The organisation is establishing themselves as a leader on environmental sustainability within the arts sector. Annual carbon dioxide savings are equivalent to removing over 10 cars from the road. Patrons to the building have said that they are proud of their efforts to reduce energy use.”