Coopers Cross, a six-acre, mixed-use campus jointly developed by Kennedy Wilson and Cain International, is setting new standards for future-ready sustainable commercial accommodation. The development team is partnering with Alucraft to install 2,000 low-carbon architectural fins on the façade of the office buildings within the scheme, a first in Ireland.
The fins, which are approximately 65 centimetres deep and 15 metres tall, are mounted vertically and run perpendicular to the façade of the buildings. In addition to enhancing aesthetics, the fins will regulate solar gain and reduce the need for artificial cooling and heating, leading to lower operational carbon and significant energy savings for future occupiers at Coopers Cross.
The fins have been produced by Alucraft using Hydro’s low carbon raw aluminium. Hydro is a global leader in renewable energy based in Norway. Using innovative construction technologies, the fins are manufactured from a low-carbon aluminium product range called Hydro REDUXA, which is produced by using electricity from renewable sources: hydropower, wind, and solar. This process reduces the embodied carbon generated by more than 75% of standard equivalent products and decreases the carbon footprint in Coopers Cross by 1.9 million Kg Co2, which is equivalent to 2,365 flights from Dublin to New York.
The six-acre Coopers Cross campus is targeting world-leading sustainability credentials, including targeted LEED and WELL Platinum, BREEAM Outstanding and is enabled by powerful data driven intelligence, having received a Platinum SmartScore certification.
Peter McKenna, Head of Development, Europe, at Kennedy Wilson commented: “As Kennedy Wilson continues to respond to the significant occupier demand for sustainable and energy efficient buildings that provide an exceptional wellness experience, we are pleased to promote this state-of-the-art solution at Coopers Cross. The architectural fins underscore our environmental commitment and will reduce the embodied carbon at Coopers Cross, setting a new standard for innovation in design and construction in Ireland. ”
Shane Hall, Technical Director, at Alucraft Ltd commented: “Alucraft are honoured to be collaborating with leading developers such as Kennedy Wilson and Cain in designing and delivering a sustainable façade package across the mixed two-block campus.’’
Find out more information on the offices at Coopers Cross here.