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‘Construction Dream Team’ Debate

Enda Gilroy, Electric Ireland with Carole Pollard, President, RIAI, Sean Gallagher and David Doherty, Chairman, CIBSE Ireland

Enda Gilroy, Electric Ireland with Carole Pollard, President, RIAI, Sean Gallagher and David Doherty, Chairman, CIBSE Ireland

The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in the centre of Dublin was the scene for CIBSE Ireland’s recent Breakfast Briefing. From 7am people began gathering for a unique construction debate entitled “The Construction DreamTeam”. This was the first collaborative all-industry event hosted by CIBSE Ireland in a unique, studio-like, setting.

A panel of industry experts including Sean Downey, CIF, Carole Pollard, RIAI, David Corrigan, ACEI and CIBSE and Dr Kevin Kelly, DIT and CIBSE made up the representative team with the audience encouraged to become the fifth panel member by David Doherty, Chairman CIBSE Ireland in his opening address. The event facilitator was entrepreneur and Dragons Den panellist Sean Gallagher. Because of his experience in, and knowledge of, the sector, he also played an active role in the debate.

The panel discussed stimulating topics from sustainability through to the challenges posed by industry growth. The Construction Contracts Act — which coincidently was been signed across town at the same time by Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash — was also analysed and debated. Each speaker laid out their views from their respective institutions before moderator, Sean Gallagher, challenged them on topics and ideas. Issues raised included labour shortages, failure to get students to enter the sector, and the cost of capital for projects. Towards the end of the briefing an enthuasitic Q&A session from the audience followed.

The event drew to a close just before 10.30am with Sean Gallagher thanking all involved, especially Enda Gilroy of Electric Ireland, whose generous sponsorship contributed so much to its success.

 

Enda Gilroy, Electric Ireland with Carole Pollard, President, RIAI, Sean Gallagher and David Doherty, Chairman, CIBSE Ireland

 

Sustainable Energy Awards 2014 – diverse group of winners deliver savings of €20 million

Brian Motherway, Chief Executive SEAI with Alex White, TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; Dara Molloy and David Widdis, Aran Island Renewable Energy Ltd; and Jim Dollard, Executive Director Electric Ireland.

Brian Motherway, Chief Executive SEAI with Alex White, TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; Dara Molloy and David Widdis, Aran Island Renewable Energy Ltd; and Jim Dollard, Executive Director Electric Ireland.

The Awards are organised by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and sponsored by Electric Ireland. The objective is to recognise and reward excellence in energy innovation among Irish organisations of all sizes, across the business, community and public sectors.

Residents on the three Aran Islands collaborated to establish a co-operative to reduce the islands’ dependence on imported fossil fuels and deliver energy independence by 2022. This co-op – the Aran Islands Renewable Energy Ltd – is trialing innovations in renewable energy, running energy awareness programmes among resident groups, and undertaking retrofit programmes in homes and public buildings. Over 20% of its housing stock will have insulation upgrades by the end of 2014.

Speaking on the Awards’ night, Brian Motherway CEO, SEAI said: “Communities and businesses all over Ireland are taking control of their energy issues, reducing their costs and exploiting local resources. Sustainable energy is a great opportunity for Ireland. We have high ambitions in this area and the Awards recognise the leaders that are making it happen.” The full list of winners on the night were:

Innovation Winner: OxyMem, Athlone – OxyMem’s project is all about efficient waste water treatment and the aeration process;

Collaboration Winner: Cork Lower Harbour Energy Group (CLHEG) – The Group developed a collective planning application for three large wind turbines around group members sites in Ringaskiddy. In addition, a community outreach team worked with local communities and provided funding for local initiatives;

Research Winner: UCC Intelligent Efficiency Research Group (IERG), Cork – This research project investigated the operation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning in typical buildings. The outcome was the development of a tool that allows users to identify the energy saving opportunities with these systems in a simple and systematic manner;

Built Environment Winner: DCS Group, Tralee – This project involved the retrofit of seven Tesco stores with LED Lighting. It has delivered on average 50% savings across all seven Tesco stores;

Community Winner: Kilkenny Better Energy Communities – This project is a unique community collaboration which encompasses many different aspects of the community, small medium enterprises, the local authority, sports clubs, community centres and social and voluntary housing;

Industry Winner: Queally Group, Naas – The Queally Group has undertaken several energy saving projects with wide-ranging benefits;

Public Sector Winner: Cork Airport – Over the past six years Cork Airport has transformed itself into a highly-efficient, best practice organisation leading the way in the airline industry and public sector;

Small Business Winner: Ballyliffin Lodge Hotel & Spa, Donegal – The cost reduction programme implemented by Ballyliffin Lodge Hotel & Sap included boiler and heating control upgrades, low energy lighting and water conservation measures;

Leadership Winner: Aurivo Dairy Ingredients, Roscommon – Aurivo carried out many efficiency projects and installed a large biomass boiler, using locally-sourced fuel, delivering many socio-economic benefits to the North West region. The project has delivered energy cost savings in excess of 33%.

Ambition Award Winner: Comharchumann Fuinneamh Oileáin Arainn Teo (Aran Island Renewable Energy Ltd) (CFOAT).

SDAR Journal 2013 official launch

Professor Gerald Farrell, Head of School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, gave the welcoming address with Martin Shanahan, Forfas Chief Executive, formally introducing the Journal and linking it to opportunities in the green economy.

Professor Brian Norton, DIT President, responded and then Dr Kevin Kelly, Head of School of Multidisciplinary Technologies – and SDAR Journal Editor– spoke about the contents. Dr Mike Murphy, Dean of College of Engineering and Built Environment, closed the proceedings.

The SDAR Journal is now an annual research journal published jointly by CIBSE Ireland and the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering in DIT, with Electric Ireland as the third sponsor. Up to now, papers have been mainly by Irish authors about Irish projects. Initially, the plan was to hear about the good, the bad and the ugly of the application of low-energy projects in the built environment in Ireland.

To a large extent that is still the main objective but for next year’s edition the publishers also want to encourage more of the SDAR Journal’s many international readers to submit papers. Indeed, this current edition includes the first international papers. One is a joint paper from Belgium and the UK on demand-controlled mechanical extract ventilation system, while the other is from a world-renowned UK expert on daylighting of buildings.

To submit abstracts for the SDAR Jurnal 2014 log on to http://arrow.dit.ie/sdar/

Energy Awards Stimulate €28 Million in Energy Savings

Pictured with Dr Brian Motherway, CEO, SEAI and Bríd Horan, Executive Director, Electric Ireland are Padraig Traynor (left), Facilities Manager, Stewarts Care and Pat Mehigan (right), Facilities Manager, Tyndall Institute, the joint winners of the outstanding Leadership in Energy Management Award at the Sustainable Energy Awards 2012.

“What we are now seeing is a positive effect on business as more and more companies, and indeed public bodies, are working to reduce their energy costs”, said Dr Motherway. “Over 10,000 people are employed in the organisations that entered the Sustainable Energy Awards this year and they are all active proof that sustainable energy is important, not only from a cost-saving perspective, but also for protecting vital Irish jobs.”

The Sustainable Energy Awards reward excellence in energy management by organisations of all sizes and this year attracted almost 100 entries. The joint winners of the Outstanding Leadership in Energy Management Award were Padraig Traynor, Facilities Manager, Stewarts Care and Pat Mehigan, Facilities Manager, Tyndall Institute.

Stewarts Care won the Award for its multi-faceted retrofit programme, funded through an energy performance contract with Dalkia, saving 11% in energy costs. Tyndall implemented an intensive energy reduction programme focusing on the site’s significant energy users that resulted in a 30% reduction in energy use and a zero-carbon impact from its new 5,500 sq m building.

Other notable winners included – Astellas Ireland, winner of the Renewable Energy Systems Award, for the installation of a wood chip boiler displacing 90% of its oil consumption and a wind turbine offsetting over 20% of imported electricity; and the Department of Education and Skills for a new primary school facility, Colaiste Choilm, in Tullamore. The school which acquired an A2 rating, is 40% more efficient than a standard school and will serve as a test facility for the Department’s school building programme.

Congratulating the 2012 Award winners, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Mr Pat Rabbitte, TD, said: “The organisations that have been showcased through the Sustainable Energy Awards are to be commended for their innovation, determination and ultimately success in bringing about meaningful cost and CO2 savings. Initiating change, as many of these companies have, can be very difficult, not least in challenging economic circumstances. But I hope these organisations can truly appreciate the benefits of what they’ve achieved and I encourage others to learn from their example.”

Commenting on the Awards Bríd Horan, Executive Director, Electric Ireland, said: “The financial savings achieved by the organisations participating in this year’s Awards are proof that embracing energy management and engaging staff in energy efficiency projects can greatly improve an organisation’s bottom line.”

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For full details on the Awards log on to www.seai.ie/energyawards ■