Situated on the banks of the River Corrib, our venue for the Consensus international conference on Sustainbale Consumption is the new NUI Galway Engineering building.
Designed to be a teaching tool in itself, with exposed construction techniques and an array of ecological building methods, the building contains a range of ‘green’ technologies which add to the hands-on learning experience for students. There is large scale rainwater harvesting, a biomass boiler, low-embodied energy materials such as zinc, grass roofs for water attenuation, heat exchangers and many other cutting-edge technologies. The structure is among the first in Ireland to employ the use of voided slab systems. The innovation introduces ‘plastic bubbles’ into the concrete, reducing the weight and quantity of concrete used.
The Engineerign building has been designed as a 'living laboratory' where students are able to view sections of the foundation and structure which have been deliberately made visible, so that basic concepts can be taught in a real life setting. Also, services are exposed with pipes and ducting labelled in corridors and rooms as a ‘gross anatomy’ lesson of sorts for engineering students.
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