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Sandford Lodge

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Project Country: Ireland 

Brick Manufacturer: Wienerberger Bronsgroen

Architect: Shay Cleary Architects

Brickwork Contractor: Glenbeigh Construction

About the project

The Sandford Lodge Apartments project in Dublin represents a landmark achievement in sustainable urban development. This project showcases how innovative design, sustainable materials, and advanced technologies can come together to create modern, eco-friendly living spaces in an urban setting. Spearheaded by Wienerberger, in collaboration with leading architects and sustainability experts, Sandford Lodge Apartments set a new standard for environmentally conscious construction in Ireland.

Located in the heart of Dublin, Sandford Lodge Apartments is a mixed-use development featuring residential units, commercial spaces, and communal amenities. The project’s primary goal was to create a sustainable urban environment that minimises environmental impact while providing high-quality living spaces. The development includes a variety of apartment sizes, catering to a diverse demographic, and integrates seamlessly into the surrounding urban landscape.

The design of Sandford Lodge Apartments emphasises energy efficiency, sustainability, and comfort:

  • Eco-Friendly Materials: Wienerberger’s Porotherm cellular clay blocks and EcoBricks were used extensively, reducing the reliance on concrete and significantly lowering the carbon footprint of the construction.
  • High-Performance Insulation: Advanced insulation techniques were employed to ensure optimal thermal performance, reducing the energy required for heating and cooling.
  • Sustainable Façades: The building’s façades feature high-performance glazing and eco-friendly cladding, enhancing both energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal.

To further enhance the sustainability of Sandford Lodge Apartments, the project incorporated a range of cutting-edge technologies:

  • Solar Photovoltaic Systems: In-roof solar panels provide renewable energy to the building, reducing reliance on grid electricity and lowering overall energy costs.
  • Energy Storage Solutions: Battery storage systems capture excess solar energy, ensuring a consistent power supply and maximizing the use of renewable energy.
  • Rainwater Harvesting: The development includes an extensive rainwater harvesting system, promoting water conservation and reducing the demand on the municipal water supply.
  • Smart Building Systems: Integrated smart building technologies monitor and optimize energy usage, enhancing efficiency and providing residents with real-time data on their consumption patterns.

The Sandford Lodge Apartments project goes beyond individual sustainability to contribute positively to the broader community and environment:

  • Biodiversity Enhancements: The development includes green roofs, community gardens, and landscaped areas with native plants, promoting biodiversity and providing residents with green spaces for recreation and relaxation.
  • Transportation Solutions: Secure bicycle storage, electric vehicle charging points, and proximity to public transport options encourage sustainable transportation choices among residents.
  • Community Engagement: The project was developed with significant input from the local community, ensuring that it meets the needs and preferences of its future inhabitants while fostering a sense of ownership and pride.

The sustainable initiatives implemented in Sandford Lodge Apartments have led to remarkable outcomes:

  • Energy Efficiency: The apartments achieve energy performance ratings significantly above the national average, with substantial reductions in both energy consumption and carbon emissions.
  • Cost Savings: Residents benefit from lower utility bills due to the energy-efficient design and renewable energy systems.
  • Environmental Certification: The project has received several prestigious environmental certifications, recognising its excellence in sustainable construction and design