Declan Donnelly, ATC, presenting Jonathan Smyth with a cheque for the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin recently. On the right is Paul Martin, CIBSE Ireland. The Capuchin Day Centre is this year’s CIBSE Ireland nominated charity and the contribution was raised at ATC’s open day.
Welcome to this special edition of Building Services News marking the 50th anniversary of CIBSE Ireland. It is appropriate that we dedicate an entire issue to this milestone achievement given our long association with the Institution. Founded in 1961, Building Services News has been involved with, and has supported, CIBSE Ireland from day one, and indeed has been its official media partner for many years.
As Publisher and Editor I have personally served on the CIBSE Ireland Committee since the late 1970s and so have first-hand knowledge of the incredible contribution it makes, not just to building services and construction, but to Ireland’s built environment as a whole.
As it is a celebratory edition, we are honoured that Paul Martin, the current CIBSE Ireland Chairman, agreed to act as Guest Editor. Rather than dwell too much on the past, Paul and I decided that we would use the occasion as a platform to highlight the challenges and opportunities that is building services engineering today, and to identify and predict what the future holds.
To this end we invited leading industry figures – representing a diverse range of roles and responsibilities within the sector – to give their views and opinions on where the industry is currently at, the key challenges it faces, and how these may/should be addressed. The response was overwhelmingly positive and I sincerely thank all the authors for their participation. It may be clichéd to talk of “roadmaps for the future” but, in this instance, I confidently proclaim this edition of Building Services News to be just that.
No matter what your involvement in building services, or indeed the broader built environment, you will be forever indebted to the industry figureheads featured here for the incredible insights they have shared. Read them, digest them, and then keep them close to hand for easy and constant reference. They will prove to be invaluable in your daily decision-making and, even more importantly, when charting future business strategies.
Pat Lehane Publisher and Editor
The annual CIBSE Ireland golf event took place at Lutrellstown Golf Club recently with Grundfos as this year’s primary sponsor. The event attracted a huge turnout with 25 teams participating and all four-balls teeing off at 1pm in a shotgun start. A special mention goes to Stephen Weir who led the assigned CIBSE Ireland Golf Committee, managed the registration process, and officiated at the scoring. Paul Martin, CIBSE Ireland, presented the prizes on the night.
There were many prizes won on the day including:
— €1,000 holiday voucher draw for hole in one/nearest to the pin on the 6th which was won by Eugene Smith playing with Jones Engineering with a nearest pin shot of 0.87m;
Other opportunities to win were on the 18th for Longest Drive sponsored by Edpac which was won by Paul Kinsella playing with Safeguard;
— Nearest the Pin,sponsored by Wilo, was on the 4th hope and this was won by Liam O’Reilly playing with the McKeon group;
— Along with individual prizes, the coveted PJ Doyle Trophy for the best score was won by Team Jones Engineering.
What made the win extra special is that PJ Doyle, who the Memorial Cup is named after, was an engineer with Jones Engineering Group. He died prematurely in 1989 and the trophy was donated to CIBSE Ireland in 1990 with John Purcell registering the first win in that year. In 2011 the format changed to a team prize, which continues today
Second place in the team event went to Edpac with Calpeda Pumps coming in third.
Teams starting returning to the clubhouse just under the four-hour mark with all reporting a good day … with little or no comment on their score cards! Following showers and refreshments, 100 people sat down in the clubhouse for their meal with prize giving taking place over desert.
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This year’s CIBSE Ireland annual golf outing will take place at Luttrelstown Castle Golf & Country Club with Grundfos as the principal sponsor. The date is Friday, 7 September. It is a four-man, team event and the format is shotgun start. Bookings are now open but slots are filling up fast.
Luttrellstown Castle Golf & Country Club is situated within the walled estate of Luttrellstown Castle and is a championship parkland course with McKenzie/Steele design. A feature is the links-style bunkers. The course measures over 7347 yards from the championship tees, making it a worthy test for golfers of all levels.
Water is featured on 11 holes, meaning accurate tee shots determine where and how much of the hazard must be crossed. The view from the 15th tee down across the Liffey Valley and Strawberry Beds is spectacular, while the par four 2nd presents visitors with the first glimpse of the castle. A view of a romantic Doric Temple and quaint Boathouse also adds to the appeal of this hole. The stretch between the 12th and 16th holes is the most demanding and it is here most games are won or lost.
It promises to be a wonderful occasion so get booking now at www.cibseireland.org.
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 will host an evening seminar on NZEB and the revised Part L of the Building Regulations at Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 on Tuesday, 29 May next at 6pm. The format for the occasion will comprise a brief welcome and introduction by Paul Martin, CIBSE Ireland Chair, and two presentations, one each from Orla Coyle and Eoin Doohan.
Orla is Programme Manager, SEAI – Near Zero Energy Buildings & High Performance Retrofit, and is a chartered engineer with CIBSE. She recently joined SEAI in this new position but has worked for over 20 years in the energy performance of buildings both in Ireland and Australia. As an independent consultant prior to taking up this position Orla was involved the environmental, energy and sustainable assessment of both new and existing buildings.
Eoin (BE CEng MCIBSE) is Principal Mechanical Engineer at AECOM in Dublin and is an expert in designing new-build and retrofit NZEB solutions for commercial and Industrial buildings. He is a chartered engineer with CIBSE and has given talks on NZEB throughout the country.
This promises to be a very information evening as the format will also include an extensive Q&A session with the sharing of views and opinions also being encouraged.
Visit www.cibseireland.org for more information
While the usual protocols were observed at the recent CIBSE Ireland AGM in Dublin, there is no denying that the main focus for the coming 12 months will revolve around the 50th anniversary celebrations. The 50th theme will feature across the entire programme for 2018 but will culminate in the gala dinner to be held on 30 November in the Clayton Burlington Hotel, Dublin (details to be announced shortly).
That said, the celebratory mood will also be used to reinforce the position of CIBSE Ireland as a leading force across building services in Ireland, and to strengthen still further its links with the other representative bodies and associations across construction as a whole.
Engagement with government departments and agencies will also be ramped up, especially on nZEB, NSAI standards and the BIM Council of Ireland. In tandem with that the extensive CPD programme will focus on, and reflect, the critical issues facing the industry. These events take a format that encourages dialogue and the sharing of information, and are also open to members of other professional and representative bodies in the sector.
The CIBSE Ireland “reach out” objective on encouraging new people into the industry will also continue. It has always had strong links with DIT but these have now been extended to WIT and IT Tallaght, with plans for a more proactive engagement with the other ITs and colleges in the pipeline. To that effect it partners with WIT and DIT for their respective student awards, and with DIT for the Young Lighter and SDAR Awards. It also co-publishes the SDAR Journal with DIT.
On the social front there will be the annual 5-a-side football tournament and of course the CIBSE Ireland Annual Golf Outing which will be held in Luttrellstown Golf Club on Friday,7 September 2018.
While ostensibly CIBSE Ireland’s 50th celebrations, it is also a celebration for the entire building services sector. The reality is that, throughout the last half-century, the activities of CIBSE Ireland, and that of its members, have always mirrored what was happening in the industry as a whole. So, it is a time of celebration for all.
The business end of the visit involved a special briefing by Hywel to senior Government officials in relation to the probe being conducted into Grenfell fire disaster, and the report being prepared. The probe is led by Dame Judith Hackitt with the interim report already released. See: (www.gov.uk/government/publications/initial-report-from-the-independent-recovery-taskforc). Hywel also had a separate briefing meeting with the RIAI.
On the social side Nial Bourke and David Doherty of T Bourke hosted Hywel, a proud Welsh man, as their guest to the rugby international in the Aviva stadium. Even with the result Hywel was in great form and has promised to return to Ireland to update everyone on the Grenfell final report, and to join us for CIBSE Ireland’s 50th anniversary dinner in the Autumn.
Schools visit to promote building services engineering On the broader front, and to coincide with Engineering Week, Paul Martin and Mervin Doyle toured a number of schools in the Waterford region to try and get primary and secondary school children to consider building services engineering as a career. Mervin is a lecturer in the Waterford Institute of Technology in the degree in Building Services Engineering, and the Masters in Sustainable Engineering.
Their tour started in St Declan’s Primary school where Paul was a student over 30 years ago. They met Paul’s old teacher, Gerald Fitzgerald — still teaching despite having taught Paul for over three years — and Paul spoke to the children about sustainability and the environment. He concluded his presentation by showing them the latest Nisan Leaf electric vehicle kindly provided by John Flood of Nissan Dungarvan dungarvan.nissan.ie/
From there Mervin and Paul ventured into their old secondary school, De La Salle. Here they spoke with 4th and 5th year students about the WIT courses in building services engineering, and the related employment and career prospects. Much to Mervin and Paul’s disappointment, neither Derek McGrath (Waterford hurling Manager), nor Kevin Moran (Waterford senior hurling captain) were teaching that day … they were relaxing after hammering Cork in the league.
From here they went to St Paul’s School where again they spoke to over 50 students. Mind you, here the students were more proactive and there was some lively debate when they asked of Paul and Mervin: “who earned the most money”; “who drove the newest car”; and “who had the handiest job”. As CIBSE Ireland Chair Paul claimed the right to answer and said Mervin to all.
For more information about the Degree and Master (Part and full time) courses in WIT visit:—www.wit.ie/schools/engineering/building_services www.wit.ie/courses/school/engineering/PostgraduateEngineeringDepartment%20of%20Built%20EnvironmentFull%20TimePart%20Time/msc_in_sustainable_energy_engineering
Met up with Paul Martin early this morning and, as he entered the meeting room full of industry representatives and many of his SEAI colleagues, our collective jaws dropped. Paul’s trademark shoulder-length golden locks have been cropped to reveal a much younger-looking, cherubic profile.
Paul just would not be drawn on the reason for the dramatic hair style change but he assured all and sundry that, unlike the the Biblical Samson, has has not lost his strength along with his hair. When asked whether it was Delilah or merely the barber who had done the deed, he made his excuses and left!
In the intervening years the industry has learned from the many mistakes made back in the late 1960s and early 1970s in particular. Building stock constructed since then has shown marked improvement but, as we look to design buildings that will be here for the next 50, we should not be complacent.
According to an expert from Cambuild, buildings that are performing well now, and those currently being designed and built for the today’s climatic conditions, may become intolerable for occupants by 2068 (50 years time) unless we factor in concepts such as active cooling and associated high-energy usage. There is compelling scientific evidence that our climate is changing, and it is probable that average temperatures will increase by several degrees over the coming century.
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To be fair, the construction industry has already made significant steps towards tackling climate change through limiting the amount of carbon emitted – both in the materials used (embodied energy) and predicted energy usage – by using simulation programmes such as IES, along with BREEAM and LEED.
The energy message emphasis on heat-saving in winter using highly-insulated and airtight buildings also means there is a danger of overheating in the summer months. This presents a different challenge. CIBSE has produced quite a number of guidance documents in this respect, such as TM52 (The limits of thermal comfort: avoiding overheating in European buildings: Developed for “free-running” commercial buildings) and TM59 (Design methodology for the assessment of overheating risk in homes).
The health and wellbeing impacts of overheating (see Mona Holtkoetter’s article in October 2017 edition of Building Services News) can be significant for residents, resulting in stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation and even early deaths in heatwaves, especially in cases of vulnerable occupants.
Among the concepts now being embraced to combat these issues are highly-insulated pipework, the use of Thermoplastic Pipe Hangers which is highly important to have on a building since it can help minimize movement between pipe and structure, other concepts include; insulated heat interface units; ventilated utility cupboards; LED lighting; and installing mechanical ventilation heat recovery units, with summer bypass and boost mode, to increase the ventilation rate when required.
Climate change is affecting how buildings will perform for occupants, both now and in the future. While overheating has emerged as a major concern, climate effects extend beyond the treatment of overheating. They also include flooding, drainage, water conservation and material durability. The CIBSE TM36: Climate Change & the Indoor Environment: Impacts & Adaptation (CIBSE, 2005) document again offers guidance and advice on these matters.
In considering the design of both commercial and residential buildings today we must address the known and anticipated challenges that lie ahead and consider, among other things, the following:
• To what extent will climate change increase the occurrence of summertime thermal discomfort and overheating in different types of buildings?
• To what extent will passive measures be able to improve summertime thermal comfort and ameliorate the increased tendency for overheating?
• How effective will different approaches to comfort cooling be?
• What are the energy-use implications of the various strategies?
While no one has all the answers, there is still a wealth of guidance freely available to all concerned in building services.