The Waterford Regional Sports Centre has been built to include a range of energy efficient and renewable energy features, reports Waterford Today.

New technologies such as solar heating and geothermal heat pumps have been included in the design.

Hot water and electricity to the centre is provided by a landfill gas recovery system from the nearby Waterford city landfill.

It has been anticipated that the building will save 558 tonnes of CO2 each year, with all the sustainable features expected to reduce costs by Euro 71,997.

Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) has supported the design of the new centre.

Kevin O’Rourke, head of built environment for SEI, told the newspaper: “We can expect the high quality of energy features in buildings such as this to soon become the norm across our new generation of commercial and public buildings.”

SEI promotes the use of sustainable energy in Ireland and assists in projects which strive to implement measures as part of their designs.

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