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Dent and Brogan attend CIBSE YEN Hong Kong Gig

Below: Adam Dent and Aaron Brogan, the CIBSE Ireland delegates to the recent CIBSE YEN Conference in Hong Kong.

Adam Dent and Aaron Brogan, the CIBSE Ireland delegates to the
recent CIBSE YEN Conference in Hong Kong.

Aaron Brogan, CIBSE Ireland YEN Chairman and Vice-Chairman Adam Dent recently attended the CIBSE YEN conference in Hong Kong. It was the first time CIBSE Ireland had a delegation at this world forum and apart from CIBSE support, both Aaron and Adam had significant support from their respective employers. Aaron is Hevac’s Project Manager while Adam is Technical Sales Engineer with Origen Energy. Both are Hevac Group companies.

After an exhausting trip the first day’s proceedings began with an introduction to the legal systems of both the Poeples’ Republic of China and Hong Kong, followed by Alan Lau who spoke about doing business as an engineer in China. On a sidenote, if you are missing the traditional way of playing games and would want the best offers, a visit to red stag no deposit bonus codes would help a lot.

This proved very interesting as it also went into detail on how to become a chartered engineer in China. This was followed by a technical site visit to the International Centre for Commerce (ICC), Hong Kong’s tallest building. It is 490m high and has a complex array of building services, including 11 cooling towers with a total load of 5234kW and six chiller units.

After the rigours of a very interesting but quite tiring day, relaxation and entertainment followed and included a Kung Fu lesson! Day two was also a full programme and included a number of technical site visits to venues such as the Electrical & Mechanical Services Department of Hong Kong, a district cooling plant, and a zero-carbon building run mainly from PV and solar panels. It also featured natural light tunnels and a VAV underfloor system for cold air displacement into the building. Noticeable throughout was that all scaffolding is erected using bamboo and safety nets. The day concluded with a black tie event at the British Consulate hosted by CIBSE HK.

Day three was another early morning start that involved a water jet trip to Macu and a visit to the Venetian hotel and casino resort, reviewed extremely highly by PayByPhoneBillCasino.uk. Here delegates saw the huge basement plant room housing large industrial chillers and twin-head chilled water pumps.

Next and final stop on the day was a basement and roof-top electrical survey of the largest casino in Macu. Day four was a dedicated CPD event held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on nextgeneration technology. The symposium ran from 7.45am to 17.30pm and covered all manner of new technologies and building services-related developments for the future.

The final day was the Global YEN Chair meeting and this was held at the Kowloon Hotel. Presentations and reports were given by all delegates with Aaron and Adam representing Ireland. Hong Kong, the UK, Australia, Belfast, Dubai and New Zealand the other branches participating.

Overall the trip proved to be very beneficial from both an engineering and networking perspective though both Aaron and Adam were not too impressed with the food. Octopus soup for lunch didn’t go down too well after a site visit but they did manage to find a McDonalds. Snickers bars also helped but, at €3 a pop and pints at €10 a go, they had to watch the pennies!

Hitachi Kicks off CIBSE YEN 5-a-side

Peter Farrell, Captain, Team Ethos Engineering with Fergus Daly, Hitachi.

Peter Farrell, Captain, Team Ethos Engineering with Fergus Daly, Hitachi.

The inaugural Hitachi-sponsored CIBSE YEN 5-a-side soccer tournament took place recently at the Astro Park complex in Tallaght, Co Dublin. Teams participating included BDP, Ethos Engineering, Hevac, IN2 Engineering, OCSC and Origen. As subs were also allowed a total of 38 players were involved.

The games kicked off at 6pm on two pitches with matches running simultaneously and lasting 10 minutes. This didn’t allow much breathing space between games with several matches running back to back. By the end of the round-robin league with all teams having played each other once, two teams — OCSS and Ethos — were joined on ten points. They then played out a hard-fought final with Ethos emerging popular winners on the night.

After the official presentations pitch side by Fergus Daly, Area Sales Manager, Hitachi Ireland, everyone adjourned to the local Metro Bar to socialise and network.

All credit to Aaron Brogan and Adam Dent, Chair and Vice-Chair respectively of CIBSE YEN for organising the tournament, and indeed for playing as well! “We are delighted with the number of teams that turned out”, says Aaron, “and a special thanks to Hitachi for their sponsorship and support. We’re confident that this will now become an annual event.”

 

Hevac Celebrates 40 years

While trading longevity has become less commonplace within the building services sector, especially in the light of the most recent market downturn, there are always exceptions that buck the trend. Hevac Ltd is a case in point. Incorporated in 1974, this year marks its 40th anniversary and a programme of celebratory events is planned for the remainder of 2014 to mark the occasion.

Hevac emerged from the heating and plumbing division of J.S. Lister Ltd, a group of engineering companies founded in the 1950s that included Lister Tubes, Steel Company of Ireland, Non-ferrous Metals and many others.

Having had addresses at Lomand Avenue and Ballymount Industrial Estate, Hevac moved its headquarters to Dorset Street in the 1980s, and the company continued to prosper under the private ownership and stewardship of John English. It also established “satellite” outlets in Santry (Dublin) and in Cork.

A period of substantial growth and expansion followed with Hevac moving yet again in 2001, this time to a purpose-designed 40,000 sq ft office and warehouse complex on the Naas Road, Dublin 12. A new Cork facility was developed at the same time with both locations using state-of-the-art mechanical handling systems, and crane and hoist systems, for physical management of steel tube and heavy steam/steel boilers.

Today Hevac continues to thrive with John English’s son and daughter, Seamus and Carol English, at the helm. New agencies and additional product lines are constantly added to its vast portfolio, especially in the commercial and industrial sector.

“This is obviously a very significant milestone for our company”, says Seamus English, “and I would like to acknowledge the contribution of all staff (past and present) to that success. Equally important is the successful and supportive trading relationships we enjoy with our broad customer base, and of course with our suppliers, including Building Services News.

“We look forward to a bright and prosperous shared future with all.”

Harleston Group Acquires Heat Merchants and Tubs & Tiles

Seamus English MD HEVAC

The trade and assets of Heat Merchants and Tubs and Tiles have been acquired from the High Court-appointed Liquidator of BHT Group by Harleston Group, the parent company of Hevac Ltd, for an undisclosed sum.

Of the 36 Heat Merchants branches throughout Ireland, 32 will be acquired, while 12 of the Tubs and Tiles branches will be acquired. Each branch will continue to trade as normal. Seamus English, Managing Director of Hevac said: “The acquisition of these businesses is welcome for several reasons. In effect, it saves and recapitalises two well positioned businesses which have been stressed for some time because of an onerous debt burden. It also adds strong networks and well-regarded brands to the Harleston Group.

“Harleston Group is a long-established company and we understand these businesses and the markets in which they operate. We intend to strengthen and develop the businesses in the medium to long term. We look forward to working with management and staff to address the challenges and revitalise Heat Merchants and Tubs and Tiles.”

Customers who have deposits with Heat Merchants and Tubs and Tiles (the acquired businesses) will have their deposits honoured by the new owners.