As 2018 marks CIBSE Ireland’s 50th anniversary, the Institution has 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.
St Mary’s Parish Church in New Ross is a medieval structure dating back to 1210 and situated on a prominent rise overlooking the town. The nave of the church was knocked down in 1813 and the site is now occupied by the present church, which is still in use today, and stands alongside the ruins of the original structure. Architecturally, the buildings are a mix of Gothic and Norman influences and the site was an obvious choice when Wexford County Council sought to highlight a landmark feature in New Ross to represent the heritage of the town, and to promote tourism in the surrounding region.
DIT Bolton St was the venue recently for an intimate audience who gathered to witness the eight annual SDAR Awards final organised and hosted by the School of Electrical and the Electronic Engineering and
School of Multidisciplinary Technologies. This awards scheme is one of two significant CIBSE Ireland applied research events intended to disseminate best practice in innovation and evaluation. It is sponsored by Sisk & Son and supported by Building Services News.
While traditionally a dinner and awards occasion, this year’s IRI gathering included an expo element with various suppliers participating in an exhibition in the afternoon prior to the gala evening event. This was a first time venture for IRI and one that proved a considerable success.
Following an announcement by Minister Denis Naughten late last year, SEAI has introduced a number of changes to the Better Energy Homes scheme, including increased grants for external wall insulation, the elimination of grants for fossil-fuelled boilers, increased heating controls grants and, most excitingly, a new heat pump grant from April (See Table A). The objectives are to drive building fabric upgrades and stimulate an accelerated decarbonisation of heat supply.