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.
De La Salle Waterford past pupil Paul Martin, who hails from the Hibernian Bar on Bolton Street in Waterford, talks about his rise from the Level 6 Higher Cert in Building Services to a lead role in Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and now Chair of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineering, Ireland Region (CIBSE Ireland).
When a home heating system breaks down the understandable priority for the homeowner is to get the system back up and running as quickly and unobtrusively as possible. In this time of need, in what is essentially a grudge purchase, they turn to the experts … the people they trust to literally bring them in from the cold, writes Joe Durkan, EEOS Programme Manager, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
Significant changes and updates are contained in IS 3217:2013 + Amendment 1:2017 Emergency Lighting,
the newly-revised lighting standard enacted recently following consultation and extensive work by members of the National Standards Authority of Ireland Fire Safety Standards Committee. Here, Gearoid McKenna, the Lighting Association Ireland representative on the committee, outlines the key changes.
Further to our last report and the announcement of the new Lighting Association Ireland website (www.laoi.ie), Chairman Gay Byrne says LAI has made significant inroads on a number of its primary objectives. Its programme for the coming year is extensive and includes events, CPD seminars, participation in exhibitions, liaison with other industry representative bodies, and meetings with Government and regulatory standards bodies.