With EU PEACE III funding granted to construct a new
multi-use complex intended to serve both villages, TÜV SÜD Wallace
Whittle was appointed as the building services consulting
engineers. This mechanical and electrical champion in
sustainability-led design turned subsequently to its trusted BMS
system integrator, Derry-based ACS Controls.
ACS, a specialist in energy management systems for heating,
ventilation and air conditioning, was tasked with delivering a
BMS based around a specification that demanded class-leading
environmental standards, while at the same time respecting evolving
legislation and technology trends. For the control system, the
company recommended Priva Blue
"At ACS we only offer Priva, I won't deal with anything
else," states the company's founder and managing director, Ronan
McElholm. "For a comfortable indoor climate, it's
important that you have complete trust in your building control
system. Priva's next generation building control, Blue ID, offers
robust components in a reliable system."
The boiler house at the Termon Complex is home to a
biomass (woodchip) burner without any oil/gas back-up
"Three principal circuits are served," says Mr McElholm,
"underfloor heating, domestic hot water and air handling for the
Adopting best practice
The Termon Complex offers several facilities. Essentially it's a
multi-use complex that can be used as a venue for drama, dances,
concerts, sports, keep-fit classes, fairs, festivals, conferences
and local/regional events.
Internally, this community-owned facility built with €3.5
million of EU support* through the PEACE III programme, comprises a
main auditorium, childcare centre, gymnasium, sauna, ICT centre,
three meeting rooms, commercial units, as well as a reception area
and kitchen and washroom facilities. The largest space is the main
hall with sprung floor-stage and basement area. It has capacity for
500 standing or 350 seated, and the first event to be staged after
the building opened in May 2014 was a sell-out production of
Blue ID and Top Control 8
It was decided at an early stage to use only a biomass
boiler and save on CO2 emissions - all controlled
using Blue ID hardware and Top Control 8
software, with the latest web-based dynamic
graphics at the front end.
Priva Blue ID consists of a modular base system upon which
individual functional I/O modules can be installed. All the
mission-critical components are located in these modules. The
wiring takes place on the base, which is robust and insensitive to
failures. However, in the unlikely event of a failure occurring in
a module, the failure will remain restricted to this part of the
system. The base is always live, and communication always remains
intact. It operates independently of field equipment and can
communicate with a wide range of field bus protocols.
Priva Blue ID has been developed in accordance with the 'best
fit' principle. Thanks to its modular design, the system is
suitable for every application, from a small school to a large
hospital, and from a university complex to a data centre.
The Termon Complex was a collaboration between the Planning
& Economic Development Directorate of Donegal County Council,
in partnership with Fermanagh District Council and the Association
for the Development of Pettigo and Tullyhommon (ADoPT).