Vision for Sustainability

Grangegorman is a new urban quarter and has an opportunity to anticipate futurechallenges and put itself in a position to benefit from any advantages of redeveloping the site in a sustainable way.

The Quarter must be responsive to its current context and development needs, and adaptable to its future context and development needs.

By 2050, Grangegorman will be recognised by its students, staff and wider stakeholders as one of the leading urban quarters in Ireland for its sustainability performance.

Currently in place are 2 core guiding documents that have been developed after extensive study of the issues
- The Grangegorman Sustainabilty Strategy.: http://arrow.dit.ie/ggpub/3/
- The Grangegorman Mobility Plan : DRAFT Grangegorman Mobility Mgt Plan 2014

Plan Themes

As part of the redevelopmenf of DIT and it's move to our new Grangegorman Campus, a sustainability plan has been prepared. As part of this 10 overriding themes which relate to best practice plans have been seleceted and are as follows:

  • Energy, Carbon and Climate Change

  • Water Conservation

  • Biodiverstity

  • Waste

  • Transport

  • Construction

  • Health and Wellbeing

  • Sustainable Governance

  • Community Relations

  • Sustainability Education

Aims

*all details are from Draft Grangegorman Urban Quarter Sustainability Strategy

The Grangegorman Urban Quarter will be zero carbon by 2050

This will be achieved through a range of measure implemented both during construction and operation of the site inlcuding the clasfication of all buildings as A1 Rated under the Building Energy Ratings (BER) system, air tight exterier fittings and monitoring of energy consumption within the systems and zones of buildings.

The Grangegorman Urban Quarter will use zero net mains water by 2050

This will be ahcieved through the adoption of best practic with regard to Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS), the installation of both grey water and rain water harvesting systems in order to reuse as much water as possible and modern design of landscaped areas to accomdate SUDS features.

Grangegorman will achieve Good Practice in Biodiversity

A biodiversity management plan has been prepared as part of the strategic masterplan for the site which is considered in accordance with best practice in this area. Grangegorman is giving preference ot native irish species of plants and trees for landscaping and planting while also ensuring that the preserved mature trees on site are accessible to the public.

The Grangegorman Urban Quarter will achieve best practice in Waste

Grangegorman has identified three target areas to achieve this; Recyling, Oganic Waste and Building waste management. DIT is considering the implementation of partial processing of generated waste on-site in line with best practice principals and will also be implementing specfic waste plans for each building. The majority of control and oversite of this will be handled by the waste contractor on site.

The Grangegorman Urban Quarter will achieve best practice in Transport

A mobility management plan is part of the strategic masterplan and its actions will be implemented fully. By 2030 DIT will have reduced car usage on site by 30% from opening levels. Carpooliong will be encouraged to all staff and students. High quality transport information will be available throughout the site which will indlude maps, travel times and the range of options available to commutters in accessing the site.

The Grangegorman Urban Quarter will achieve best practice in Construction

All buildings are to be constructed to a very high standard inlcuding the use of modern construction methods such as prefabrication of certain elements. Construction sites will also be operated in accordance with best practice as regards noise and vibration, disposal of materials and recycling of excavated material where possible.

The Grangegorman Urban Quarter will achieve best practice in Health & Wellbeing

This will include measures to promote the use of stairs within buildings where possible, the provision of natural ventilation as many spaces as possible, foutains to provide access to drinking water and the best design to ensure that passive surveillance is maintained over all spaces.

The Grangegorman Urban Quarter will exceed best practice in Sustainable Governance

Each year there will be a board level review of the sustainability strategy by the Grangegorman Development Agency. 

The Grangegorman Urban Quarter will exceed best practice in CommunityRelations

DIT has a long history of working in partnership with communits and at Grangegorman this will continue. Grangegorman will keep in touch and allow for the local community to play an active role throughout the life of the Sustainability Plan, this will be implmented through monthly newsletters, achieving and improving the goals of the join the dots strategy, short term employment for those living locally during the construction phase.

The Grangegorman Urban Quarter will exceed best practice in Sustainability Education.

At grangegorman DIT is committed to increasing the number of modules on offer which contain significant sustainable content, by 2050 80% of programmes will have a module containing such content, while also further increasing DIT's committment to sustainable research in a more diverse range of areas including Solar Energy.

*all details are from Draft Grangegorman Urban Quarter Sustainability Strategy