In recent years, green building design has gained traction in the Irish building market, using green building certification systems such as LEED, BREEAM or Exceed. Indeed, such certifications are now almost expected, especially for high-profile office buildings. Whereas these certification systems focus on the environmental impact of the construction, a new focus is turning towards the building occupant. With people spending an average of 90% of their time indoors, the question arises: how are buildings affecting our health and well being? The article by Mona Holtkoetter, Arup, is reproduced in full here but can also be accessed in pdf format by clicking on This Issue on the Home page.
The CIBSE annual golf outing took place recently at Castlewarden Golf Club with 26 teams teeing off at 12noon for the shot gun start. The four-ball Florida Scramble format is immensely popular as this event is as much about networking and socialising as it is about the golf. That said, the competition is fierce with much ribbing and jousting in the bid to emerge overall winners.
Crystal Air has won the Panasonic PRO Special Recognition Award for its work on the Zalando Fashion Insights Centre project located in Dublin’s Silicon Docks. Zalando is the most trafficked fashion site in Europe with well over 100 million visits to the site per month, and the company’s Dublin base plays a major role as it continues to lead online fashion and grow its presence across Europe.
EN 378 is a safety and environmental standard for refrigeration systems and heat pumps. The first edition
was published in the year 2000, and there was a major revision in 2008. Since then the Standard has been under review and the latest revision, EN378:2016, has just replaced the previous 2008 version which is now withdrawn. The Standard is published by CEN, the European Committee for Standards.
The existing housing stock in Ireland continues to pose one of our greatest energy efficiency challenges, with a considerable portion of the current building stock performing poorly when compared with buildings built to current standards. As many as one million homes built in the last century are considered to be significantly energy inefficient, resulting in higher energy bills and, in some cases, poorer health and wellbeing for homeowners.