Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Irelandfrom Angie Tennyson
On St. Patrick’s Day, we visit Ireland to share the Garden Still House, one of the most modern distilleries in the world.
Irish Distiller, Pernod Ricard produces well know beverages such as Jameson Irish Whiskey, Malibu, Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate and Mumm. Yet they reached production capacity at 33 million liters of pure alcohol per year. With an increase in international demand, an investment of $135 million for a production plant was planned to double capacity.
Designs for the main distillery, located in Midleton, County Cork include 21.5 m (70.5 ft) high pot still hall. To meet a high standard of thermal performance the prevention of thermal bridging was imperative.
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Regulations in Ireland also require reduced localized heat loss and CO2 emissions. In addition, condensation can be a potential problem in this design, frequently resulting in structural integrity problems, and mold growth, which brings its own set of health risks to personnel.
The pot still hall has an overhanging roof element and is insulated to the top leading edge and underside on the north elevation and return on the east and west elevations over a glazed wall.
To prevent any risk of thermal bridging at these roof overhang connectivity points, the structural elements to the primary steel are isolated from the interior environment using Isokorb® structural thermal break units from Schöck. The Isokorb® for steel-to-steel applications is able to withstand extremely demanding loads and incorporates stainless steel components to ensure corrosion protection and minimize thermal conductivity.
Today, the Garden Still House in Midleton is one of the most modern distilleries in the world, boasting three 75,000 liter pot stills, and three column stills.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy!