Top awards as two companies warm to ‘green’

Kevin McCarthy, left, of Kingspan, receives the award from Colm Kennedy, Vayu. Photo by Brian Thompson Photography. INPT16-022
Kevin McCarthy, left, of Kingspan, receives the award from Colm Kennedy, Vayu. Photo by Brian Thompson Photography. INPT16-022

Two Portadown business have been commended for their ‘green’ credentials at this year’s Action Renewables Association awards.

Paul McAlister Architects secured joint first place in the category of Most Environmentally Sustainable Construction Project.

Kingspan also received first place for the Most Successful Renewable Electricity Installation.

The architect’s practice won the award for their work on the CREST Centre at South West College.

The project is one of the most sustainable buildings in the UK and Ireland and the first educational building in Northern Ireland featuring a unique natural light capturing design and passive solar gain.

The internal environment of the building is also designed to be extremely comfortable as a result of the automatic opening and closing of the windows to regulate heat.

Kingspan received the award for their rooftop PV system at their Portadown factory, Eighteen thousand metres squared of Kingspan Roof insulated panels were chosen for the job, replacing the old roof on the building and making it air-tight and weatherproof.

Now in their seventh year, the awards received their highest entry rate to date.

Speaking on behalf of Action Renewables, director Michael Doran said, “Judging by the increasingly diverse range of entries received for this year’s Action Renewables Awards, it is safe to say that renewables are widely embraced by businesses and organisations across Northern Ireland who are not only looking to reduce their environmental impact but are also encouraged by the significant cost savings which are associated with ‘going green’.”