The CIBSE Ireland Workshare Exchange Programme is a new initiative devised to build and strengthen relationships between engineering and contracting companies in the building services sector. It is individual rather than company focused, the core of the concept being that two people – one from a consultancy and the other from a contracting company – workshare on a particular project over a set period of time.
Ireland will host the 27th Annual International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC) Conference in Dublin from 1 to 7 July 2019. It already promises to be the largest IGLC yet with workshops on the leading edge of lean construction practices, keynotes from global thought leaders, and current best practice from international and local case studies. IGLC 2019 will also bring like-minded thinkers from Irish and international industry and research together to openly discuss the latest research, developments and thinking. The present and future of international construction and project delivery will be challenged.
The pressure is beginning to stack up as the demands of NZEB come more centre stage. The clamour for “silver bullet’” solutions is palpable as the worry of non-compliance heats up. Ironically, there is scope for significantly-reduced energy consumption from traditional good practice design that is being missed in the transition from concept to completion, writes Tom Ascough, Director, Symphony Energy.
The LED evolution is bringing significant gains in energy efficiency. However, as the range of products on offer increases, market surveillance is essential to ensure that they are meeting the criteria required by EU standards. An EU-wide network of market surveillance organisations carries out checks of products covered by EU regulations and removes non-compliant products from the market. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has functional responsibility in Ireland for market surveillance relating to ecodesign, energy labelling and tyre labelling. SEAI also monitors retailers to ensure they are meeting their obligations on labelling.
Given that heating and hot water accounts for around 62% of a typical domestic energy bill in a year, the heating system – and how it is controlled – can have a significant impact on fuel costs. Fitting better controls not only puts homeowners in charge of their energy consumption, but also their comfort levels. Increased awareness of the availability of grant aid and Energy Saving Credits, presents a significant business opportunity for installers, writes Graham Doyle, Product Manager, Heat Merchants. Here he pinpoints the critical factors influencing homeowner decision-making, and details for installers the key features and benefits to highlight.