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Entry deadline looming for CIBSE Ireland inaugural awards

Pictured at the announcement of the
CIBSE Ireland Awards were (front row):
David Doherty, T Bourke and CIBSE Ireland
Committee; Paul Martin, SEAI and CIBSE
Ireland Chair; Michael O’Herlihy, Wilo Ireland;
and Damien Flynn, Axiseng and Vice-Chair,
CIBSE Ireland; (second row): Pat Lehane,
CIBSE Ireland Committee and Publisher/
Editor, Building Services News; Derek Elton,
Wilo Ireland and Kieran McCarthy, Daikin
Ireland; (third row) Karl Carrick and Garrett
White, Hevac; (back row): Richard Sherlock,
Mitsubishi Electric, John Valentine, Daikin
Ireland and Fergus Daly, Mitsubishi Electric.

This is a reminder that the entry deadline for these new awards is fast-approaching so log on to www.cibseireland.org/awards2018/  now if you don’t miss out. 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. Log on to www.cibseireland.org to enter and complete as directed.

Hard copy completed submissions must be returned to CIBSE Ireland Awards, c/o Building Services News, Carraig Court, George’s Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin, no later than 2pm on Friday, 27 July 2018.

The awards will be presented as part of the CIBSE Ireland 50th dinner celebrations in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 on Friday, 30 November, 2018.

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

Wow … Building Services News Celebrates its 50th!!!


Wow! … the November/December 2014 edition of Building Services News just published and available online marks 50 years of continuous publication. That is some achievement, especially for a journal dedicated to such a niche area as building services.

In celebrating this momentous landmark we fully recognise that it is a shared industry achievement – without the continued support of you, our readers and advertisers, it would not have been possible.

In many respects the life and times of Building Services News is very much a mirror-image of the history of the business over that half-century. Together we have witnessed incredible change in the sector, have cooperated with one another in driving acceptance of this change, and supported one another when times were tough.

So, it is an occasion of celebration for the entire building services sector, not just Building Services News. We hope you will join us in marking this milestone in the commemorative January/February 2015 edition to be published in the new year.

See full details on Page 39 of this landmark issue.


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.