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• Priva Blue ID controls biomass boiler at Termon Complex
• Underfloor heating, domestic hot water and air handling circuits
• Web-based dynamic graphics at front end

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  • Priva's Blue ID building control system is helping bridge the divide between communities at a new eco-friendly cross-border centre in Ireland. The newly constructed Termon Complex in the County Donegal village of Pettigo (Republic of Ireland) is located next to the County Fermanagh village of Tullyhommon (Northern Ireland). The two are separated by the River Termon, which also serves as the border.

    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 ID.

    First choice

    "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 system.

    "Three principal circuits are served," says Mr McElholm, "underfloor heating, domestic hot water and air handling for the main auditorium."

    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 Cinderella.

    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).


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