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CIBSE Ireland 50th Dinner & Awards

As part of the CIBSE Ireland 50th celebrations the Institution will host a gala dinner in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin 4 on Friday, 30 November. Dress code is business suit/smart casual.

This dinner will replace the annual lunch for 2018 and promises to be an even greater extravaganza with an attendance of 700 plus anticipated. Tickets are currently on sale but demand is exceptional so, if interested in attending, log on www.cibseireland.org now.

The programme for the evening will commence with the CIBSE Ireland welcome reception sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric Ireland at 6pm. This will be followed by dinner, some very brief addresses, the presentation of the CIBSE Ireland Awards (see below), and entertainment by Mario Rosenstock.

Networking will then continue within the ballroom and the dedicated private bar area well into the late/early hours with music by the Velvet Tones.

CIBSE Ireland Awards — As 2018 marks CIBSE Ireland’s 50th anniversary, the Institution has devised a new awards scheme designed to recognise, and promote, best practice in respect of the design and installation of building services. It takes in both new-build and refurbishment across commercial and industrial (non-domestic) projects. These awards are open to the design consultant and mechanical or electrical contractor, and submissions must be a joint entry by both the consultant and contractor.

Buildings that are eligible for submission include —  hospitality, leisure, health, commercial, industrial, retail, pharmaceutical, educational facilities and office buildings.

There are three categories for the CIBSE Ireland Awards, and they are sponsored respectively by Daikin, Hevac and Wilo. These are — Up to €2 million; Between €2 million and €5 million; Over €5 million. Applicants may enter only one project per category.

Projects can be located anywhere in the Republic of Ireland and entries must be submitted by the design consultant/project engineer on behalf of the design and contracting teams.

Projects must be “practical completed” by 31 December 2017 (i.e. available for client use in January 2018) to be eligible for inclusion.


CIBSE Scramble at Castleknock GC

CIBSE Pic 1As always the CIBSE Annual Golf Outing proved a major success with 56 golfers, going out in four-ball teams, competing for the PJ Doyle Trophy. Format was scramble. Castleknock Golf Club was once again the venue and the beautiful weather, coupled with the excellent condition of the course, made for a most enjoyable day.

Serious golfers lined up with occasional golfers in competing teams and, while all were intent on winning, the emphasis was on fun and networking. That said, most golfers had their minds firmly set on winning the new Ford Kuga car on the 18th hole. This was sponsored by Unitherm Heating Systems.

Other sponsors were Wilo Engineering, tee-box and goody bags; Daikin, golf balls; and Kedington Group, nearest the pin prize.

Kingspan, Heatmerchants, Hevac, Mercury Engineering, Flogas, Dowd Energy, Firebird all sponsored tee-boxes.

Results                                                                                                                                                         Winners: Team Mr Vent – Richard Gladney, Brian Curtin, Dillon Brophy and Alan Geraghty.

Second: Team Jones Engineering – Fergus Weldrick, Alan Lynch, Noel Kelly and Darren Murphy.

Third: Team Ideal Standard — Martin OʼReilly, Terry Fitzgerald, Trevor Callaghan and John Murphy.

Nearest the pin: Brian Curtin

Longest drive: Alan Geraghty

Inside-the-Pro: There were seven people who won a prize for In-side-the-Pro on the 18th hole.

Inaugural IRI Awards Dinner

The decision by the IRI Council to adopt this approach was vindicated with 130 participants enjoying a very successful evening – the atmosphere was extremely relaxed and friendly with trading competitors mixing and sharing ideas and opinions in a way they normally would not. Many brought their partners and this in turn reinforced the social element of the evening. The roving magician proved particularly entertaining, as did the after-dinner music and dancing.

The presentation of the Annual Awards capped an excellent occasion and provided the perfect backdrop in which to recognise and acknowledge the contribution of individuals who have given so much for the betterment of the industry.

President’s Address
“Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first, hopefully annual, Institute of Refrigeration Ireland Awards Dinner. I would like to particularly welcome Dr Andy Pearson, President of the IOR and Calum McKenzie, Chairperson of the Scottish Refrigeration Association.

“On preparing this President’s address I had started to look at our industry in 2012 and the effects that the current economic conditions were having on companies directly involved in the Ref/AC and heatpump markets. There is no doubt that we are in the middle of probably the most difficult time our industry has seen for many years.

“Reduced client spending, increased competition, reduced margins and difficult payment conditions have all been
exasperated by new European Legislation for F-Gas users, Company Certification, additional employee training requirements and PED to name but a few. While this is something that most industry people understand the need for, and accept, it is yet another burden for companies to carry.

“The EPA and a multiple of other Government bodies have focused on ways of reducing Ireland’s CO2 emission levels for future generations and there is no doubt that additional legislative requirements will be forthcoming.

“While considering all of these current and future influences on our industry, it became clear that these circumstances are the very reason that the Institute of Refrigeration Ireland has been established. In the past the Institute has been asked ‘what do you do for me?’ and ‘why should I
join the Institute?’

“In my opinion the answer is simple – we need a credible voice in our industry that can be heard at the highest level in both Ireland and Europe … possibly even at global level. And, we need to have an Institute that can inform and assist our Industry as to its legislative and environmental responsibilities while working on our behalf.

“In the last number of years the Institute has been actively involved with the EPA, DoeClg, SEAI and IBEC to assist in the smooth implementation of European Legislation that will have direct or indirect effects on the way we as an industry work, and with no small measure of success I might add.

“Because of this, the Institute is now seen by these Government bodies as the first point of contact when they need to inform our industry of proposed legislation and changes to existing legislative requirements.

“The Institute has also had regular contact with representative organisations in Europe like IOR, SRA, AREA and globally with ASHRAE and ARC where additional knowledge of how industries in these countries implement and manage legislative changes can be imparted to our members here in Ireland.

“Since its inception, the Institute has championed the cause of achieving the best for our industry through a focus on increased industry expertise, compliance with legislation, representation at Government level and recognition of suitable training programs.

“To allow this to happen the Institute has created a new interactive website, implemented a new CPD facility, been involved in the implementation of the new F-Gas Registration Scheme, had direct influence in the implementation of the SEAI/ACA scheme, negotiated with the EPA on WEEE impact, been involved with SEAI for the BEW fund and promoted multiple seminars on relevant industry topics.

“In addition, membership cards, certification, newsletters and access to shared technical documents have also been provided to all members. This is what the Institute is able to offer our industry and that is the real value of being part of the IRI. Of course none of this would be possible without the support of all the members, associates, affiliates and students who have joined over the last number of years.

“However I would like to personally acknowledge the hard work and dedication from the IRI Council and sub-committees who give their valuable time on a voluntary basis, and without whose support the Institute would not be in the position it is today.

“We have a tough time ahead of us in all sectors if the current economic climate does not change dramatically, but it is sometimes easy to forget in the hustle and bustle of our everyday activities just how much we as an industry offer to our customers. The level of technical expertise, application knowledge, innovation and system design is exceptional and we need to remind ourselves of the value this gives to our customers, even if they find it difficult to acknowledge.

“To sum up, the Institute will continue to do its best for our industry, through your continued support, and we will always strive to be ‘Your voice in our industry’. Thank your for your attention and on behalf of the dinner and Awards committee I hope you enjoy the rest of your evening.” 

Apprentice of the Year
Dave O’Riordan, Head Lecturer, CIT, accepted the Apprentice of the Year Award from IRI President Dave Killalea on behalf of Aidan Lowry. Typifying the times that are in it, Aidan is currently working in Australia.

Pursuit of Tedchnical Excellence
IRI President Dave Killalea and immediate past President Seamus Kerr presented Vincent Weldon of Tech Refrigeration & Air Conditioning with the award for pursuing technical excellence outside the normal or legislative requirements for training their own engineers.

Contribution to Industry
IRI President Dave Killalea and immediate past President Seamus Kerr presented George McCann with his award for the outstanding contribution he has made across all industry segments. George was also presented with an Honorary Fellowship of the IRI.


DIT Refrigeration Department says 'Thank You' Daikin

To mark the occasion and formally acknowledge the support provided by Daikin to DIT, the Refrigeration Department presented the company with a framed certificate of appreciation. Pictured at the presentation John Valentine and Liam Kirwan, Daikin, and John Murphy and John Smartt, DIT.

Daikin presented the new system to DIT so that students could get firsthand experience of working with innovative technologies that are setting the benchmark for future industry development. The Daikin Zeas system is a direct alternative to the traditional refrigeration “pack” system and is available in a range of capacities and styles which can be modularised to provide the optimum system capacity.

Each of the 16 students on the course installed an evaporator which is fed from the Daikin Zeas system. In addition, the project involved the installation of the main pipe work which helped them develop problem-solving and teamwork skills.

Every student worked individually on his own evaporator, and also as part of a team assigned specific duties for the common components of the installation. This involved the fitting of the unit-strut supports, fabricating evaporator pipe work, installing common pipe work and refnets, leak testing, strength testing, and commissioning.

Concern for the environment has led to increased demand by the refrigeration industry and food retailers for energy efficiency and environmentally friendly solutions. The growing popularity of neighbourhood corner shops and convenience stores has also made noise and size constraints an important factor.

To meet this demand, Daikin developed the Zeas range for deep freezing and medium temperature applications – compact refrigeration condensing units that offer high performance, low operating costs, low sound emissions and reliability. A single system can supply optimum cooling to multiple refrigeration units, each receiving just the amount of cooling capacity it needs.

Inverter control of the scroll compressor maintains high efficiency, even in partial load conditions, resulting in decreased CO2 emissions, reduced operating costs and highly efficient and reliable performance in a wide range of applications.

A new economiser function allows increased cooling capacity, and hence efficiency, without increasing system size. Zeas also introduces the use of R410A refrigerant in refrigeration applications. This is currently the best compromise available for the environment, energy efficiency and equipment cost.

Zeas provides adaptable cooling capacity for multiple evaporators or variable refrigeration loads in ambient temperatures from -15°C to 43°C, with evaporating temperatures from -45°C to +10°C. A range of models in single, double or triple compressor systems (from 5 to 20 HP) is available for freezing and cooling applications.

Low sound levels, including “night mode” operation, a compact footprint and easy installation make Zeas ideal for a range of applications including convenience stores and supermarkets, petrol station forecourts, cold and freezer rooms, and food processing.

Reliability is further increased by the use of advanced scroll compressor technology and high-quality components. To assure operational safety, each unit is tested in the factory.