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BUILDING SERVICES NEEDS SERIOUS WAKE-UP CALL!

joe-hogan-1-of-2What prompted this article was that many of us at the table had in fact been in class together at various times and had gone on to serve in various sectors of the industry. When we started in the industry there were no full-time building services courses. The majority of would-be engineers went to the UK to do the IHVE exams. The City and Guilds Course in the 1960s and early 1970s served many who went on the become leaders in various sectors of the industry. They (both guys and girls) went on to work in consultants’ design offices on drawing boards, behind the counter in merchant providers, as sales engineers and as junior contracts managers.

In the early 1970s Don Byrne and Pat Benson set up the Building Services Course in DIT Bolton St which, in the main, served the industry well up to the recent construction industry crash. Many of the current principals of consultancy practices and directors of M&E contracting firms attended DIT courses and qualified as Chartered CIBSE Engineers. A significant number started with the part-time courses before going on to attend full-time courses and obtain a full engineering degree in building services.

A large percentage of these people also freely gave of their time through the various industry bodies such as MEBSCA and CIBSE Ireland to devise and establish the structures that have served the sector so well. Many consulting engineers gave lectures in DIT colleges to augment the full-time lecturers.

However, that scenario has changed dramatically. While the intake to the DIT first-year common engineering programme still attracts a healthy 100 plus students, the numbers opting to study building services as opposed to the other engineering disciplines is but a handful. The present incumbents involved in the colleges, I am informed, are doing some serious soul-searching with even the title “Building Services Engineering” being called in to question.

Either way, the industry needs a call to arms to ensure we promote the opportunities to not just school leavers but people already in the industry. There has always been a demand from people on site, or in sales, or in various businesses in the industry to further their education and these people need to be encouraged and accommodated within the various Institute of Technology courses and systems.

The present position is that the sector needs everything we can get from our colleges, from more apprentices, craftsmen  foremen, trainee engineers, technician engineers and qualified engineers to meet the demand of the broader building services sector. Recently, a significant Irish firm went on national radio and announced it was looking for some 500 engineering personnel.

So, if they need – and attract – that many from a diminished pool, what will be left for the rest of us? Our destiny is in our own hands. It is inconceivable that the established building services course in DIT might disappear, or indeed the relative newer programmes of WIT and CIT. The industry needs to support those involved in running these courses.

Equally so, the colleges need to devise courses, and perhaps more importantly a manner of delivery, that attracts young people into the industry. It is obvious young people are still interested in engineering … it is now up to all in building services to sell it as a desirable career choice.

The Government has stated that it wants to encourage more people into engineering courses and the current system can accommodate this intake … all we now need is the willpower to stand up and fight for what we know our industry needs.

SDAR Awards 2016 – Now Open for Submissions

SDAR Awards 2016 outlined logoShort abstracts (between 100/200 words max) for entry into the SDAR* Awards 2016 must be submitted by Monday, 14 December 2015, by email directly to Michael McDonald and/or Kevin Kelly of DIT at michael.mcdonald@dit.ie and kevin.kelly@dit.ie

The SDAR* Awards is a joint initiative between CIBSE Ireland and DIT, supported by Building Services News, and sponsored by John Sisk & Son. The awards are unique in that they are intended to disseminate knowledge, encourage research in sustainable design of the built environment and raise the quality of innovation and evaluation of such projects. Entries are required to critically evaluate real life data, and examine both successes and challenges within leading-edge projects throughout Ireland or further afield. This competition is open to architects, engineers and all professionals involved in construction projects.

Now more than ever as positive signs ripple through the built environment, this unique synergy between industry and academia allows greater potential for integration of modern low-carbon technologies and low-energy design methodologies.

The SDAR* Awards competition is intended to create a platform for the growth of applied research in the expanding green economy. Post occupancy evaluations and similar critical appraisal of low-energy projects facilitates the transition from ideologically-driven innovations, sometimes offering poor value, to evidence-based applied research that proves value or identifies weaknesses that the industry can learn from. These successes and failures help inform the professional community across all the building industry disciplines.

From the abstracts submitted by the Monday, 14 December 2015 deadline, a shortlist will be selected by peer review, and those selected will be invited to prepare final papers by 1 February 2016.

Candidates that present at the awards also have a chance of publishing their papers in the SDAR* Journalarrow.dit.ie/sdar/

Next year’s final will take place in March 2016 in DIT, Kevin Street.

For further information contact: michael.mcdonald@dit.ie or kevin.kelly@dit.ie

WIT Students Head for Summer Programme in Vienna

Danny Murphy with Mervin Doyle, CIBSE Ireland and WIT and Patrick Browne

Daniel Murphy with Mervin Doyle (CIBSE Ireland and WIT)  and Patrick Browne

Two students from the Department of the Built Environment at WIT have received sponsorship of €500 each from CIBSE Ireland for a master-level summer programme in Vienna. The two, Patrick Browne and Daniel Murphy, have just completed year four of the BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering. Both are also student members of CIBSE.

The summer university programme, Green Building Solutions, in Vienna, offers knowledge from Austrian experts in architecture, structural engineering, ecology and sustainability. Around 40 students from all over the world will take part in this year’s programme. Interdisciplinary knowledge and an exploration of green building and Passivhaus technology will be given in multi-disciplinary lectures and workshops.

The programme is structured so that they will have one week of design lessons, one week of practical workshops and site visits, and one week of working on a design proposal. Make the most of it guys..

 

 

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.

CIBSE Ireland Recognises Service to Industry

Back: Nick Meade, incoming President, CIBSE with Sean Dowd, Chairman, CIBSE Ireland and David Doherty, Vice-CHairman, CIBSE Ireland. Front: John McNamara (ex Sisk) with Kevin O'Rourke (ex SEAI),Pat Lehane, Publisher & Editor,Buiding Services News and John Doherty (ex McGrattan & Kenny).

Back: Nick Meade, incoming President, CIBSE with Sean Dowd, Chairman, CIBSE Ireland and David Doherty, Vice-Chairman, CIBSE Ireland. Front: John McNamara and Kevin O’Rourke, who each received  a Certificate of Appreciation and Dublin Crystal memento, and Pat Lehane and John Doherty, who were presented with bronze medals.

CIBSE used the occasion of the recent CIBSE Ireland Annual Lunch to recognise the long-standing service of four individuals to the building services sector in Ireland. A framed certificate of appreciation and an engraved Dublin Glass memento were presented to John McNamara (ex Sisk) and Kevin O’Rourke (ex SEAI), while bronze medals were presented to Pat Lehane, Publisher & Editor of Building Services News and John Doherty (ex McGrattan & Kenny). The latter two are also long-standing, and current, CIBSE Committee members. Nick Meade, incoming President of CIBSE and Sean Dowd, Chairman, CIBSE Ireland, did the honours.

This year’s lunch was the biggest by far with a capacity 320 consultants, contractors, product suppliers and their respective guests enjoying wonderful fare and availing of what has now become the most important social and networking occasion in the building services sector’s calendar of events. Unfortunately, space restrictions meant that many more were disappointed but the CIBSE Lunch Sub-Committee is already on the case and details of a larger venue for the 2015 lunch will be announced early in the new year.

Guest speaker was Gerard Hosford, a building services graduate from CIT, who now works as a senior mechanical engineer for Patrick Parsons Consulting Engineers in the UK. His address detailing his career progression and day-to-day work projects was extremely interesting but, more than that, it highlighted just how valuable a building services-related degree is from any of the Irish educational institutions.

The mood and atmosphere of the gathering was upbeat. It reflected an air of optimism that augurs well for 2015 and beyond, but was also realistic in acknowledging that there is much to do to, especially in the way of realistic tender prices and profit margins, to secure a sustainable future for the sector.

 

SDAR Journal 2014 — latest edition of Ireland’s only dedicated building services research journal now available

 

Pat Lehane, Publisher & Editor,Buiding Services News with Dr Kevin kelly, Editor, SDAR Journal 2014 and Dr Brian Motherway, Chief Executive Officer, SEAI

Pat Lehane, Publisher & Editor, Building Services News with Dr Kevin Kelly, Editor, SDAR Journal 2014 and Dr Brian Motherway, Chief Executive Officer, SEAI

The latest edition of Ireland’s only dedicated building services research journal — SDAR Journal 2014 — was formerly introduced by Dr Brian Motherway, Chief Executive, SEAI at a ceremony held in DIT Bolton St recently.

The journal’s objective is to foster innovative practice in low-energy design of the built environment, and to encourage applied research among professional practitioners and new researchers in academia. The papers published are intended to inform design practice in construction and to assist innovative engineers striving towards optimisation of building integrated renewable technologies.

CIBSE and DIT came together four years ago to jointly publish this journal. The intention then was to disseminate insightful findings to the professional community involved in the built environment. This is still the case. The reader is taken to be a sceptic who will be convinced by evidence, not green bling on buildings, or unproven designs.

While the publishers want to hear what works well, they are conscious of the fact that the professional community can also be informed by what went wrong. Therefore they encourage critical reflection and objective evaluation of real-world projects. Post-occupancy evaluation of innovations that support more sustainable and energy-efficient practice leads to mainstreaming of good-quality, leading-edge projects.

The building services sector is data rich but sometimes time poor. SDAR Journal encourages and supports in practical terms synergies with academia. Academics are eager to support this applied research process and will provide time on task in exchange for access to useful data.

Would-be contributors are encouraged to submit abstracts for the annual SDAR Awards and Irish Lighter competitions. Both competitions are effectively feeders for this journal. The publishers particularly encourage novice researchers and industry professionals to submit short abstracts of their work, either to the above competitions or directly to the Editor.

Contact: kevin.kelly@dit.ie

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  

Postcard from Abroad — Gerard Hosford

Following completion of a three year full-time Bachelor of Engineering in Building Services Engineering Degree (BEng) at CIT in 2005 I decided to make the move to Newcastle upon Tyne to complete my Honours Bachelor of Engineering Degree BEng (Hons) at Northumbria University. I graduated from Northumbria University in 2007 with first Class Honours.

While studying in university I gained a particular interest in passive design along with low and zero carbon technologies. In order to further my educational qualifications and to further develop my skills I enrolled on a Master of Science (MSc) in Renewable Energy & Architecture at the University of Nottingham. I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2008 with a first Class Masters Degree.

During the summer period of 2006 – between my second and third year of my studies at Northumbria University – I arranged work experience with building contractors John Sisk and Sons Ltd as a trainee building services engineer. During this time I was based on the site of a major refurbishment of the 5-star Inter Continental Hotel at Park Lane in Central London.

On completion of my final year of the BEng Honours Degree at Northumbria University in 2007, and before I started my Masters at the University of Nottingham, I arranged work experience for the summer at the Faber Maunsell (AECOM) Newcastle Office.

When I graduated with my Masters in 2008 I decided that instead of returning to Ireland I would stay in the UK and went back to Newcastle to work with Faber Maunsell (AECOM) as a graduate engineer within the Building Engineering Department. I was promoted from graduate engineer to engineer in 2010.

While employed by AECOM I worked on numerous national and international projects within a wide range of building sectors including, healthcare, office, educational, hotel, government, leisure, heritage, industrial and retail building design. My projects to date have been primarily new-build but have also included refurbishment projects, many of which have had Grade 1 listed status.

My responsibilities have included all aspects of mechanical building services, and renewable and low-carbon energy system design in buildings, from initial concept through to detailed design stage on both small-scale and large-scale projects. The largest project I worked on while at AECOM was the KEMH Bermuda, Hamilton, Bermuda as a mechanical design engineer. This new-build hospital building, the largest development of its kind on the Island of Bermuda, includes 90 single-occupancy en-suite patient rooms, a day surgery unit, ambulatory care facilities, diagnostic imaging services, a new emergency room and a new utility plant. The project has a budget of $247million US dollars.

In September 2011 the recession began to hit the UK quite hard with a lot of government funding for public sector projects that were the bread and butter of our work drying up. As a result that October it was announced that AECOM’s Building Engineering Department in the Newcastle upon Tyne office was to reduce to a skeleton staff of directors with some CAD support. Consequently, I was made redundant in November 2011.

However, I secured a job with Patrick Parsons Consulting Engineers in Newcastle and started work as a senior mechanical engineer within the M&E Department in the same month. I have been progressing my career and experience here ever since and early this year I was granted my CEng status.

I am also involved with the local CIBSE committee in the region. I established the Young Engineers Network (YEN) in 2009 and have been on both the YEN and main committee ever since. In 2013 I was nominated as the CIBSE Vice Chairman of the committee in the region and in April of this year I became the Chairman of the region.

My role as Chairman involves representing the region on a local and national basis, increasing awareness of the Institution’s work in the North East, fundraising, and actively encouraging participation and new memberships. As Chairman I aim to promote career opportunities in building services engineering and encourage collaboration between other professional groups and organisations during my tenure.

I love living in the UK and in Newcastle in particular. I have made lots of friends while working in the area and it is not too far from home. I usually get back to Ireland about three times per year to visit family and friends in Tipperary. The Newcastle folk (also referred to as Geordies) are friendly and there is some great scenery in the region, along with the infamous nightlife. ■

CIBSE/ASHRAE Technical Symposium, DIT Kevin St, Dublin — 3/4 April 2014

‘Moving to a New World of Building Systems Performance’                                                                        

ASHRAE President Bill Bahnfleth

The abstracts received from around the world included a mix of academic and industry submissions, reflecting the aim of the symposium to facilitate information-sharing and networking across practitioners and those developing understanding and knowledge across the built environment.

The symposium will commission around 50 authors to present, all of whose papers will be peer reviewed.

CIBSE is seeking volunteers to act as referees so members or Fellows who are willing to review papers should contact CIBSE providing a few sentences by way of overview of their practical areas of technical expertise.

As well as helping to ensure that the papers presented are of a high standard, it will give referees a chance to find out about some of the developments that will be presented at the event. If you are interested in helping please email groups@cibse.org

The symposium’s main theme “Moving to a New World of Building Systems Performance” will give a platform to the latest practice and research from around the world in active and passive building systems that will shape the future for the built environment while striving to minimise resource impact.

CIBSE President George Adams said: “The CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium is an exciting two-day event which tackles a fascinating range of cutting-edge subjects. It is a unique opportunity for members and industry experts to share knowledge on, and debate, important issues in the built environment such as the adaptation of cities to the impact of population growth and climate change.”

ASHRAE President Bill Bahnfleth said: “ASHRAE is very pleased to collaborate in the continuation of this series of international technical symposia. I personally look forward to being in Dublin to participate in this forward- looking exchange on the future of building systems and the building industry itself. From modeling to cutting-edge systems for both new and existing buildings to workforce development, there is something for every built environment professional in this program.”

A joint enterprise with ASHRAE, the symposium is also supported by the Future Cities Catapult, a newly- established global centre of excellence on urban innovation.

For more information visit www.cibse.org/symposium2014

‘Moving to a new world of building systems performance’

Professor Tim Dwyer

The symposium will platform to the latest practice and research from around the world in active and passive building systems that will shape an effective future for the built environment with minimum resource impact. The principal aim of the symposium is to encourage the participation of young and experienced researchers, and industry practitioners, to share experiences and develop networks.

The organisers have now issued a call for papers for possible presentation at the symposium. The invitation is for papers concerning research and development that may address the following:

• Enhanced building engineering solutions through modelling and prediction;

• Innovation in passive and active building systems;

• Design and operation of future cities;

• Improving the operation of the built environment;

• Maintaining and improving legacy building systems;

• The development and impact of benchmarks, standards and regulatory measures;

• Communication, skills and workforce development.

This list is not exhaustive but provides the intended context of the symposium that will focus on aspects that are of interest to CIBSE and ASHRAE members. Material is welcomed based on recent or current research and application, as well as the actual or potential impact of that research on the built environment.

For the first time the symposium in Dublin offers additional opportunities for the presentation of relevant case studies supported by keynotes (as opposed to a formal paper).

All papers will be peer-reviewed and published electronically through CIBSE. Selected papers may be developed for publication in BSERT.

For details visit: www.cibse.org/ symposium2014