The room was certainly full of energy and ideas when the students took to the stage at the recent DIT Student Awards in Bolton St. Level seven student Emmet Doogan examined the viability of solar heating in the Irish climate, while Charlie Myles explored the application of thermal fluids in systems such as solar thermal farms and other high temperature applications.
DIT building services students triumph at awards ceremony
However, it was Gregory Leonard who took first prize for his study on the role of building management systems. In his presentation Gregory took the audience through the complexities of Croke Park where grow lights and conferences rely on the BMS to keep the grass green and the buildings functioning successfully. His research included interviews with design consultants as well as facilities management personnel on site, to give a very effective cross-industry view from design through to implementation.
Level eight student Stephen Lyons’ paper was on his research into low-energy environmental design (LEED) standard by the US Green Building Council, with specific attention to lighting for offices. Stephen explored how LEED credits can be obtained from the lighting design while creating a better indoor environment using natural daylighting as well as energy efficient sources and suitable controls.
Robert Ralph investigated combined heat and power (CHP) units installed to reduce energy costs and improve the carbon footprint in the hotel industry. Matching thermal heat and electricity loads were reviewed, with cost benefit analysis undertaken that emphasised the benefit of financial incentives grant aid to provide an acceptable financial return on investment.
Patrick Flaherty scooped the top Level 8 prize with his presentation on the future potential of wind energy in Ireland, including case studies from the main wind farm installations in the country that demonstrated the financial success of the technology.
CIBSE Chairman Brian West and Seamus English from sponsor HEVAC presented the prizes, which included a welcome financial boost for the students who will become leaders of Ireland’s building services industry in the coming years.
Brian Clare of DIT brought proceedings to a close and thanked the sponsor and CIBSE for their long-standing support of DIT building services students.