We were delighted to welcome The Minister for the Environment, Climate & Communications – Eamonn Ryan & Minister of State with responsibility for Communications & Circular Economy – Ossian Smyth to the Tom Johnson House project for a site visit last week. The site visit coincided with the announcement of Cabinet approval for the Public Sector Climate Action Mandate.

The Tom Johnson House project was selected as a public sector Retro-fit Pathfinder project. The completed project will be an exemplar, energy efficient, State office for occupation as a Headquarters Building by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications. The works consist of a significant upgrade to the 1970s building thermal fabric and overall energy use – that will upgrade the Building Energy Rating (BER) from a G rating to an A2 rating, resulting in an 85% reduction of annual energy use and will greatly extend the buildings useful life.

On completion of this deep retrofit project, Tom Johnson House will act as an exemplar in the transformation of existing buildings for future use. The building, which was formerly occupied by the Labour Relations Commission and the Geological Survey of Ireland, will become the new headquarters of the Department of Environment, Climate & Communications (DECC) accommodating up to 500 staff, almost double its previous occupancy, with significant internal and external accommodation for bicycles, together with associated shower and changing facilities.

[Pictured L-R: Gareth Anderson, Commercial Manager – Duggan Brothers; Ossian Smyth, Minister of State with responsibility for Communications & Circular Economy; Edel Collins, Assistant Principal Architect – Office of Public Works; Eddie Cleary, Contracts Director – Duggan Brothers; Adrian Nolan, Project Manager – Duggan Brothers].

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