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Impact of Covid on Services Design

Cian Dowling, Director, Axiseng

The SARS-CoV2 virus which causes Covid-19 has had a significant impact on all aspects of our lives and none more so than on the built environment. Its emergence has highlighted potential long-term risks that have forced many people to rethink what the workplace is. The early signs indicate that much of this change will focus on remote working, but also that the office environment is here to stay and will need to adapt to meet these emerging demands, writes Cian Dowling, Director, Axiseng.

There are several sources of information on how SARS-CoV2 will impact the design and operation of HVAC systems. However, guidance should be taken from recognisable bodies in that field such as CIBSE, REHVA and ASHRAE.

All these bodies have a common thread to their advice which is that increasing ventilation rates in buildings is the most effective means of reducing the risks to occupants. The principle is to dilute and ideally remove airborne pathogens as much as possible, thus reducing the risk to the users of the space.

This will have an impact on the design and operation of existing buildings, largely due to current thinking that SARS-CoV-2 (“the virus”) is more likely to spread from within the building, and not through the supply of external air. Therefore, increasing fresh air into a building is an important element in reducing the risk of spreading the virus.

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CIBSE initiative opens exciting workshare horizons

Cian Dowling, Director, Axiseng with Tom Egan, Project Engineer, Winthrop Engineering & Contracting; Mona Holtkoetter, Chairperson, CIBSE Ireland; Kerry Taylor, Design Engineer, Axiseng consulting engineers; and Thomas Sheridan, Project Manager, Winthrop Engineering & Contracting.

The objective is to enhance the experience of the participating engineer and contractor so that they each gain insights into the working practices of the other discipline (contractor/design consultancy), and to expose them to the everyday challenges faced in project management, but from the other side of the fence!

The participants in the inaugural programme are Tom Egan Project Engineer, Winthrop Engineering& Contracting and Kerry Taylor, Design Engineer, Axiseng consulting engineers. The project is Spencer Dock in the north Dublin docklands.

The workshare exchange programme commenced in May and is scheduled to run to the end of July. During this period Kerry and Tom will carry out their normal duties on the project, but will also work in the respective exchange company for one day a week over the course of the three months. To guide and support them within each company there are two mentors – Richard Vaughan, Principal Engineer, Axiseng and Thomas Sheridan, Project Manager, Winthrop Engineering & Contracting.

At the end of the exchange programme the two participants will provide feedback to the participating companies covering topics such as:

• Scope of exchange work;

• Key lessons learned;

• What I will do differently as a result of this programme?

• How has the programme shaped my view of building services?

They will also be presented with a CIBSE Ireland Exchange Programme certificate.

In addition, there will be a major spread in the August/September issue of Building Services News. Here both Kerry and Tom will detail their experience of the workshare exchange programme, articulate their respective learning outcomes, explain what they would change, and suggest ideas for further development of the programme going forward.