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About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a rang of key areas of expertise.
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Guiding Breakthrough Research at NUI Galway
We explore and facilitate commercial opportunities for the research community at NUI Galway, as well as facilitating industry partnership.
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At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
NUI Galway is the only University in Ireland to offer a degree in Energy Systems Engineering, and has a significant focus on research into environmental technologies. The Engineering Building contains a range of such ‘green’ technologies. There is largescale rainwater harvesting, a biomass boiler, low-embodied energy materials such as zinc, novel voided slab systems, grass roofs for water attenuation, heat exchangers and many other cutting-edge technologies.
- Low embodied energy materials (including zinc exterior face)
- Novel voided slab systems (the first significant installation of its kind to be used in Ireland – basically plastic bubble filled with air bulk out the concrete so you less is needed)
- 40% GGBS based concrete (this type of concrete uses a by-product of iron ore manufacturing ‘Ground Granulated Blastfurnace Slag’ greatly reducing the carbon footprint of the concrete)
Ø Heating and Ventilation
- 500kW thermal, 350 kW electrical natural gas-fired Combined Heat and Power Unit
- 950 kW pellet biomass boiler
- Computer controlled night purging
- Three >90% efficient natural gas condensing boilers
- District heating system feeding the nearby Sports Centre and swimming pool
- Climate wall with top-vented stack control and solar control via blinds
- Ground source heat pump in southern parkland
- Natural stack ventilation
- Darkened glass on east side to reduce solar gain
- Chilled beam systems
- Black plaster on northern façades as a heat collector
- Low-E glazing (to reduce solar gain and heat loss)
- Solar hot water heating for domestic hot water supplies
- Heat exchangers (using the atrium as a building lung and passive vents in the laboratories)
- Rain water harvesting
- Large scale water recycling
- Low-volume flush toilets
- Infra-red sensor low water volume spray taps
- Grass roof (on the labs) for water attenuation and insulation
- 75m3 rain water harvesting tank (re-used for toilets)
- Large buried water attenuation tank (to stop major discharge to the city sewers)
- Siphonic drainage
- Low energy lighting with presence and lux level lighting controls including manual switching
- LED Exit Signs and emergency lighting
- External LED Lighting with time-clock and photocell control
- Maximising free cooling by using displacement ventilation in the comfort cooled lecture theatres
- Low loss electricity transformer
- Building management system controlling all aspects
- More than 140 meters on the building services
- Lux dipping throughout the day and night (the computer drops the lights if it is bright, and lowers the levels at night)
- Green / Amber / Red light signals in large postgraduate areas indicating Naturally ventilated / Fan coil assisted / Fully air conditioned environments (respectively)
- Metering of power systems
- Metering of heating and cooling systems
- Use of an energy centre to reduce construction requirement, prevent overheating of plant areas, reduce noise and provide a teaching tool