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.
As 2018 marks CIBSE Ireland’s 50th anniversary, the Institution devised a new awards scheme designed to recognise, and promote, best practice in respect of the design and installation of building services. It takes in both new-build and refurbishment across commercial and industrial (non-domestic) projects and attracted a significant number of entries. After a great deal of deliberation the shortlisted projects were visited by the judges and the winners will be announced, and presented with a specially-commissioned trophy, at the forthcoming CIBSE Ireland 50th Anniversary Dinner in the Clayton Burlington Hotel, Dublin, on Friday 30 November 2018.
Derek Mowlds, MSc, is the Managing Director of PM Group Asia with responsibility for offices in China, Singapore and India. He is a past Chairman of CIBSE Ireland and a past member of the CIBSE Council. Derek was also a founding Board Member and Vice- Chair of the Irish Green Building Council.