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.
IrelandSkills Live (RDS Simmonscourt, 21 – 23 March 2019) is a new initiative aimed at addressing the skills shortage in Ireland across all industry sectors. The objective is to tackle head on the negative perceptions students, their parents – and in some cases their teachers and career advisers – have about apprenticeships or skills as a future career pathway. Negative perceptions range from poor pay and poor working conditions to a lack of job satisfaction. While all industry sectors are covered, Building Services News Editor Pat Lehane caught up with Donal Keys, Head of Construction Skills, DIT at the recent Mansion House launch to talk specifically about building services and construction.
The catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017 killed 72 people and shocked the world. It also changed many more lives forever. As well as the police and public inquiries, which are ongoing, it led to an independent review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, led by Dame Judith Hackitt, a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. in the latest editon of the SDAR Journal Dr Hywel Davies, Technical Director, CIBSE and Chair of the Expert Group on the Approved Documents in relation to the Grenfell enquiry, gives an excellent synopsis of the Report’s findings.