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Rising energy costs are a concern to all businesses but especially to those who have a large energy demand. Sports centres with swimming pools have large requirements for heat and electricity in order to maintain thermal comfort within the pool and surrounding areas.
Sports centres which were built in the 1970s were designed at a time when energy was cheap and many of today’s control strategies and energy efficiency measures were unavailable.
This project is an investigation into the electrical and thermal consumption of the Tallaght Sports Complex. The Tallaght Sports Complex was built in the 1970s and is lacking in modern energy saving technologies. A detailed examination of the energy flows within the building is carried out and consumption patterns for all large energy users are identified. Methods of reducing energy consumption for the large energy users are discussed, calculated and in some cases, implemented. Results from the implemented energy saving strategies are analysed.
The results of the project show that there is a large potential to reduce the energy demand of the Tallaght Sports Complex, mainly through the installation of a cross flow heat exchanger, but also through the use of variable speed drives and a building management system.
Conway, C. J. An Investigation into Energy Consumption and Existing Energy Management Practices in a Dublin Sports Centre. Brunel University, West London, September 2013.