The £3.5m new school new and nursery unit is built on the old Harberton School site. The new primary school building has an overall area of 1,696m² and is a six classroom school building plus three additional Speech and Language rooms.
Taughmonagh Primary School was build to incorporate the Department of Education’s guide to planning a sustainable school. Within these guidelines it states that by 2020 all schools are Are models of energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation, showcasing opportunities such as wind, solar and biomass energy, insulation, rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling to everyone who uses the school.
As such rainwater harvesting is central to the sustainability of the Taughmonaghs Primary School building.
AmeyFMP handed over the new school to the Belfast Education and Library board on the 21st December 2011.
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Project Scope, Rainwater Harvesting
Project Location, Northern Ireland
Client, Taughmonagh P.S
The water savings generated by the simple technology are very impressive. The rainwater is collected from almost 1,700 square metres of roof surface and is then filtered using one of RHI’s HYDRAPRO FT filters to remove any organic debris washed down from the roof, before it is collected in an underground rainwater harvesting tank.
The filtered water is then automatically pumped back in to the building on demand using a low power consumption multistage pump system. The harvested rainwater is used to replace mains water for toilet flushing within the building.
During periods of low or no rainfall, the system will automatically change over to mains water supply, ensuring continuity of supply to the building. As soon as the inevitable rainfall occurs, the system switches back to rainwater supply.
During the annual inspection of the system at the end of December 2012 it was noted that the amount of rainwater used to date for toilet flushing within the school was 23m3. This accounted for the schools entire requirement for WC flushing in 2012. Or to put it another way NO mains water was used for toilet flushing during the entire calendar year of 2012.