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Chapter Status for ASHRAE Ireland

Ken Goodman, ASHRAE
Region XIV ARC

There is plenty to celebrate for ASHRAE members in Ireland and in Europe. At the recent ASHRAE summer meeting at Long Beach, California, Ireland became an ASHRAE Chapter, Europe has a new ASHRAE Region, and the new President is a European. Two more Chapters were also approved in the UK and three new student branches in the UK, Spain and Bulgaria.

Earlier in the year, ASHRAE Scotland and ASHRAE UK North were born, not to mention the agreements signed between ASHRAE and CIBSE in October of 2016, and between ASHRAE and the Institute of Refrigeration UK in April 2017.

The new ASHRAE Chapter is looking for people who are interested in sharing their ideas and opinions on the industry, and getting actively involved in ASHRAE in Ireland, Europe and worldwide. If interested, contact Ken Goodman, Region XIV ARC at email: ken.goodman@mail.ashrae.org

See the full story, plus other ASHRAE News, in the current issue of Building Services News by clicking on the Cover of the current issue on the Home Page and going to Pages 49 & 49.

Panasonic strengthens Irish operation

Marc Overson, UK & Ireland Country Manager for Panasonic pictured with Vincent Mahony, National Account Manager, Panasonic Ireland.

Marc Overson, UK & Ireland Country Manager for Panasonic pictured with Vincent Mahony, National Account Manager, Panasonic Ireland.

Marc Overson, newly-appointed UK & Ireland Country Manager for Panasonic, visited Ireland recently to meet with consulting engineers, dealers and installers in the company of Vincent Mahony, National Account Manager, Panasonic Ireland.

Marc has extensive experience in building services, and the air movement sector in particular, having worked with many of the leading global market players in roles that took him all over Europe on a regular basis.

He will now use the wealth of knowledge accumulated during that time to provide support to the Irish operation and the team headed up by Vincent.

Brogan joins Tritech Engineering

Aaron Brogan, Tritech

Aaron Brogan, Project Engineer, Tritech Engineering

Aaron Brogan has been appointed Project Engineer at Tritech Engineering. Aaron has four years’ experience in the building services industry having previously worked for Hevac Ltd as both a building services engineer and projects manager.

Tritech Engineering is a leading mechanical and electrical contractor established in 1999 and is now listed as one of the top 20 M&E contractors in Ireland. It is currently engaged as the lead mechanical contractor on some major developments, including the Ballsbridge and Capital Docks projects.

Contact: Aaron Brogan, Project Engineer. Tritech Engineering. Tel: 01 – 413 1000; email: info@tritech.ie

CIBSE golf and Christmas lunch

Square CIBSE logoAssisting David on the committee are Vice-Chairman Brian West, Treasurer Damien Flynn and Paul Martin in the role of Secretary. The AGM was held at the Sandymount Hotel and was well attended with a small networking reception afterwards.

Looking forward to the year ahead, CIBSE is planning some interesting CPDs with a concentration on regional site visits to serve the membership interest outside the capital. One of the confirmed CPDs will be on thermal modelling to improve efficiencies while another provisional ambitious plan as part of the SLL/UNESCO Year of Light is to illuminate the heritage site at Newgrange for a single night.

CIBSE Ireland represents nearly 800 members who are mainly concentrated around Dublin and Cork with the remainder spread fairly evenly throughout the rest of the country. Chairman David Doherty commented: “We have a busy calendar of events ahead and I would encourage all members to get involved. We are looking for new members to join the committee all the time”.

Annual golf outing                                                                                                                         There is also a very strong social calendar. The first social event will be the CIBSE Golf outing on 4 September next at Castleknock Golf Club. As usual, the day will begin with tea, coffee and scones on arrival with “goody bags” bags being handed out to all as they check in.

This year there are a number of notable changes, not least being the shot-gun start. This will allow participants block off just a half day from the office while also facilitating everyone sitting down together at approximately 7pm for the meal and presentation of prizes.

Gold category sponsor on the day is Daikin Ireland while the silver and bronze sponsor categories will be announced shortly. Companies and individuals can also sponsor a tee box, or a number of them.

The main competition will be the four-person team scramble for the PJ Doyle Trophy with prizes also for Nearest the Pin, Longest Drive and Inside the Pro. The event has yet to see a hole-in-one but, as per previous years, the first person to do it on the day will win a car.

Entry fees                                                                                                                                                                       Golf and Dinner – €450 per team; Golf Only – €300 per team; Dinner Only – €50 per person. Booking: Book online at www.cibseireland.org

Christmas Lunch                                                                                                                                                         Plans are also at an advanced stage for the CIBSE Ireland Christmas lunch. This is now undoubtedly the biggest building servicers networking opportunity of the year and, with so many disappointed last year because of space restrictions, it has now moved to the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin 4.

Building Services News will have full details in our next issue but, given the popularity of this event, we advise those interested in attending to register immediately at www.cibseireland.org

David Doherty Joins T Bourke & Co

David Doherty, Business Development Director, T Bourke & Co

David Doherty, Business Development Director,   T Bourke & Co

T Bourke & Co has appointed David Doherty as Business Development Director. David is a chartered engineer with over 15 years experience in the Irish building services industry and he has worked in consultancy, sales and contracting.

David was educated in DIT, GCU and DCU, achieving BEng Hons and an MBA. He is currently Chairman of CIBSE Ireland.

Managing Director, Niall Bourke commented: “We are delighted to have David join our company as his extensive experience and skillset will add to our team. As the market lifts, we want to build on current trade and to develop future growth across both the mechanical and electrical sectors.”

T Bourke & Co is a leading mechanical and electrical contractor with offices in Dublin and Limerick. The company has been trading since 1968 and has wide experience across the commercial, industrial and pharmaceutical sectors.



Building Services News Celebrates 50 years of Continuously Serving the Industry!

Joe and Pat

Joe and Pat

Right from the outset Building Services News has been an integral part of Ireland’s building services industry and not just a magazine serving the sector. Publisher and Editor Pat Lehane sits on the executive of most of the industry professional and trade representative bodies and the journal has been instrumental in the establishment of many of these organisations.

In addition, Building Services News plays a major role in promoting and facilitating cross-over activity between these bodies, and provides secretariat support and accommodation addresses for many. It also guides and champions many industry causes, coordinating joint activities into lobbying and petitioning groups to act on behalf of the industry as a whole.

Building Services News provides the industry with saturation coverage of the building services sector. It is available in three formats – the print edition which is posted directly to individually-named industry personnel; the web edition, which is freely available to all; and the Facebook page, which is inter-linked with the web edition.

To all of you participating with us in this celebratory golden anniversary edition we say thank you. A small number of you have been dealing with the publication since day one, while many others have been trading partners for a considerable number of years. Of course there are also those of you who have joined us in recent years. In marking the occasion our collective vision should, and is, on the future.

In perusing the archives spanning 50 years we now realise how lucky we are to be part of such a vibrant, dynamic industry sector. In the early days the role of building services was perhaps under-rated by society in general.

Today, that has changed. Rising energy costs, a demand for more comfortable home and working environments, and a genuine sense of social responsibility in respect of the environment has put building services centre stage. What an opportunity – the future for the industry is bright and secure!

However, commercial success is only part of the story. The building services sector is also very much about people, and about a work/social interactive balance. We have been lucky to have made many friends down through the years. Sadly, some of them are no longer with us.

We dedicate this issue to their memory.

CBSE Ireland Annual Lunch Completely Booked Out!

Gerard Hosford, guest speaker at the forthcoming CIBSE Annual Lunch to be held in Dublin on 5 December 2014

Gerard Hosford, guest speaker at the forthcoming CIBSE Annual Lunch to be held in Dublin on 5 December 2014

The forthcoming CIBSE Ireland annual lunch has seen an unprecedented demand for tickets with the result that the room capacity has been exceeded so no further bookings can be accepted. Venue is the Alexander Hotel in Dublin and the date is Friday, 5 December.

The CIBSE Ireland annual lunch is now the main networking event for the building services sector, providing a forum for those involved in the industry to renew old acquaintances, exchange view and opinions, discuss issues of importance, and socialise in a very relaxed and celebratory atmosphere.

As is customary in recent years, the guest speaker is an Irish engineering graduate who has forged a successful professional career abroad. Gerard Hosford, a graduate of Cork IT, is this year’s speaker. Following completion of a three year full-time Bachelor of Engineering in Building Services Engineering Degree (BEng) at CIT, he moved to Newcastle upon Tyne to complete his Honours Bachelor of Engineering Degree BEng (Hons) at Northumbria University. 

He currently works as Senior Mechanical Engineer with Patrick Parsons Consulting Engineers in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, and is also the Chairman of CIBSE North East Region in England and has lived there for almost 10 years.




CIBSE Ireland Annual Golf Outing

CIBSEThe CIBSE Ireland annual golf outing will take place on Friday, 12 September next, at Castleknock Golf & Country Club, Dublin 15. This is now a major event in the building services sector’s calendar with consultants, contractors and product suppliers all coming together in the perfect networking environment. 

This is an excellent opportunity for all in the industry to promote their company, entertain some clients, and have a fun-filled, relaxed day out.

The day begins with registration on arrival, along with tea, coffee and scones before heading to the first tee. Then, after a successful (hopefully!) 18 holes, the occasion concludes with a 4-course dinner, followed by the presentation of prizes at 7pm.

For the serious golfers there are quite a number of prizes to aim for, not least being the Ford Kuga for the hole-in-one on the 18th, sponsored by Unitherm. Other prizes include:—

  • 4-person team scramble competition for the PJ Doyle Trophy
  • Nearest pin competition on 9th hole
  • Longest drive competition on 14th hole
  • ‘Inside the pro’ competition on the 18th hole

Entry Fees:

  • Golf & Dinner €450.00 per Team
  • Golf & Dinner €450.00 per Team
  • Golf Only €300.00 per Team
  • Dinner Only €50.00 per Person

You can also sponsor a tee for €100 and have 100 key industry decision-makers see your branding on that particular hole.

Book now online at: www.eventbrite.ie/e/golf-outing-2014-tickets-12101627293

Calling All Building Services Engineers — Get Published!

SDAR LaunchThe SDAR Journal is Ireland’s authoritative source of information for engineers, researchers, designers and all involved in building services, and the broader built environment. Its strength is that all the published articles represent exhaustively-analysed real-time data gathered over a significant post-occupancy period. In addition, all are peer-reviewed before being accepted for publication.

A key factor is that they report the good and the bad results, the objective being to disseminate insightful findings to the industry at large so that all can learn, and benefit from, evidence-based research data.

The SDAR Journal is a DIT-led initiative representing the successful collaboration between the building services professional community and academics and researchers in the education institutes. It is published annually and distributed with Building Services News by post.

It is also published online on the Building Services News website, and arrow.dit/sdar/, the DIT electronic publishing site.

If you have valuable/interesting post-occupancy information on a project to share with the building services community, then contact Dr Kevin Kelly at kevin.kelly@dit.ie or keith.sunderland@dit.ie  

Can we cope with an uplift?

While building services has been wishing for a business upturn for far too long, now that it has begun to happen (in some sectors at least), new challenges are emerging.

Companies that survived the construction industry collapse did so by reassessing their business plans, streamlining their management and operational structures and, more than anything else, by down-sizing.

Many of those companies are now experiencing an uplift, not just in enquiries but in projects awarded. This is especially apparent in the commercial sector where renovation, refurbishment and replacement has resulted in a measurable increase in business.

Having downsized/trimmed overheads – especially staff numbers – some companies are now faced with the dilemma of being short-staffed. How about that for irony?

The challenge is, do they risk taking on extra staff? Even if they do, where will they find the suitable personnel? Far too many of the sector’s best-qualified and experienced people are now working abroad.

How the industry responds to this, and other challenges related to this relative upturn in the economy, will determine the future of the business.