Black Abbey

Project: Black Abbey
Client: Domician Friars
Completed: 2012
Location: Kilkenny

The Black Abbey was established in 1225 as one of the first houses of the Dominican Order in Ireland and has undergone numerous restoration and conservation upgrades. The most recent upgrade focussed on implementation of energy reduction measures.

The building had no life safety or property protection systems installed, it was also poorly insulated and draughty.

Key design elements comprise of:-

  • New wireless fire alarm system – allowed modernisation with minimal aesthetic impact
  • Emergency lighting utilising energy efficient LED fittings
  • Installation of “A” rated boiler and heating controls providing temperature regulation and high energy efficiency
  • Architectural measures include fabric insulation to reduce heat loss and infiltration