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Sustainable design workshop

Posted on 28th January 2017

The Rediscovery Centre were delighted to welcome Killinarden Community School to our centre on 27th Jan for a Sustainable design workshop. The students learned all about what sustainable design is, explored the life cycles of products that we use, such as aluminium cans, mobile phones and tents, and looked at examples of reduced packaging for products. The students did fantastic designs of sustainable packaging for our sustainable egg drop challenge!

 

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First workshop of 2017

Posted on 27th January 2017

The Rediscovery Centre was delighted to welcome the students from one of our local schools to the Boiler House on Friday the 27th of January. The Virgin Mary Girls National School in Ballymun came to our new premises for the first on-site workshop and it was great to start holding events in our new 3-D Textbook. The girls took part in one of our ninety minute Biodiversity workshops, facilitated by our Education team, were they learnt about what biodiversity is and why it is so important for our environment.

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Building Energy Rating

Posted on 18th January 2017

The WISER Life+ project seeks to exemplify reuse and demonstrate best practice. Being a retrofit project the centre was challenged to turn an industrial building which was designed to let heat out into one which would retain heat, whilst ensuring a commitment to material reuse or the use of natural and sustainable building materials.   During the design of the 3D textbook a BER (Building Energy Rating)* target of B2-A2 was set.

We are delighted to have achieved the upper target A2 rating indicating a very high energy performance and look froward to monitoring post occupancy performance in collaboration with Dublin City Council and Codema, the Energy Efficiency Agency in Dublin

*About BERs

A Building Energy Rating (BER) Certificate is an indication of  energy performance.

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A word from RDC Director & WISER Expert panel member, DereK McGarry

Posted on 17th December 2016

“Having worked more closely with the Rediscovery Centre (RDC) for the last 3 years as a board member, the events of the last few weeks have been particularly exciting. Under the leadership of Dr Sarah Miller, RDC secured €3.6 million European Life+ funding to redevelop the old disused boiler house landmark building in Ballymun, North Dublin. RDC moved into their new facility only last week. They now start the challenging process of creating a 3D text book to showcase this exemplar ecological systems facility, which will focus on leading the change from waste to resource through reuse, redesign, research and education.

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Many hands make light work..

Posted on 16th December 2016

On December 16th 2016,  the WISER Life project staff, expert panel, architects, construction team and the board of management at the Rediscovery Centre (RDC) came together to celebrate the finalisation of the building and the upcoming Xmas season. To mark the occasion people present who had worked on the project were asked to plant spring bulbs in the grounds of the garden as symbol of their contribution to the project over the past two and half years.

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A Milestone day for WISER life as Rediscovery Centre receives the keys to Europe’s 1st 3D Textbook.

Posted on 11th December 2016

Today was a milestone day for the WISER Life project as Project Manager, Sarah Miller accepted the keys from Pat Diver, Site Manager (Purcell Construction).  A small crowd gathered (left to right Darragh Lynch,  Ollie D&N group, Gerard Griffin, Pat Diver, Joe Burke, Sarah Miller, Ronan Glynn, Carrie Ann Moran, Tommy Ellard & Roger Warburton) to witness the handover and participate in a welcome tour from Pat.

Key features of the building were described in detail including the Building Management System which has over 500 data points monitoring the building’s operation.

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Rediscover Cycling’s Disc-O winner

Posted on 13th November 2016

During the month October a national competition was set by Freetrade Ireland and sponsored by the EPA’s Green Enterprise programme, to challenge the reuse community to unearth the creativity within and create something new out of something old.

The challenge was accepted by Robert Heary of Rediscover Cycling who created a set of speakers using some leftover workshop materials from the refurbishment and upcycling of bikes. Robert took a sheet of metal used in car repair & turned it into a tube .

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Human Resource Management Consultants required

Posted on 1st November 2016

As part of the Rediscovery Centre’s planned expansion and diversification and the WISER LIFE project, contracted human resource management services are required to assist the Board of Management and Executive. Please click here for more information.

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Reservoir Planters Exemplify Reuse

Posted on 17th October 2016

As progress continues on the development of the Rediscovery Centre’s interactive environmental education facility, focus has turned to the opportunities presented by the natural environment. Architectural landscape plans have been put to the test with Purcell Construction once again embracing the reuse challenge to create a kitchen garden with a difference. In keeping with the ethos of the WISER Life project, the newly installed planters for the garden have been constructed using old pipes and steel beams from the old Ballymun Boiler house.

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