Ireland's only dedicated building services engineering journal
Ireland's only dedicated building services engineering journal

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Pat Lehane
Graeme Rees, President of the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA), believes the Covid-induced lockdowns, plus this summer’s extraordinary heatwave, have underlined the increasing value of smart buildings in terms of occupants’ comfort and environmental sustainability. Apparently, we in Ireland (and the UK) have something of a reputation for talking about the weather. During the seasons...
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The way homes are heated has a significant role to play in ensuring Ireland meets its objective of net zero by 2050. According to the Central Statistics Office (2017 figures), there were over 1.2 million homes in Ireland using gas or oil for heating, so how these are updated will be a big factor in...
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SMEs now face an unprecedented threat to their survival from two significant headwinds: • Interest rate hikes (after 14 years of record low rates); • Spiralling inflation. Spiralling inflation in Ireland (9.1% to July 2022 according to the CSO CPI1) has resulted in swift action from the European Central Bank which is forecasting two further...
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The industry is now less than one year away from the restriction of several widely-used mercury-containing lamps in the EU. The 2019 EU eco-design rules for light sources and separate control gears, and the 12 RoHS Delegated Directives published in February 2022, will impact the placing on the EU market of compact and linear fluorescent...
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According to CSO data, in 2016 gas and oil boilers accounted for up to 1.2 million space heating products in Ireland. Although Government strategy is to encourage low carbon technologies and, in particular heat pumps, gas and oil boilers will continue to feature in the market in both the short and medium-term, writes Mark Cafferkey,...
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“May you live in interesting times”, so the old proverb says, and we are indeed living in interesting times. There are a range of factors, both domestic and international, conflating to impact on the retrofit sector in ways which we have never seen before, writes Dr Ciaran Byrne, Director of National Retrofit, SEAI. These factors...
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The return to office revival has stalled before it got off the ground. Why is this? Well, many people have clearly adapted to home working and many companies now see benefits in providing more flexibility to staff. The reality, however, is that many people still don’t feel safe coming into the office. While the hygiene...
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The world is waking up to the need to reduce plastic use and, in its place, adopt more sustainable materials. With 91% of all plastics produced in the world not being recycled, people and corporations are now beginning to make changes to limit the plastics crisis. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for construction. Despite...
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The maximum-capacity 24 participants joined the recent CIBSE YEN CPD/social event held in the dual locations of the Glen Dimplex Dunleer complex and Whiteriver Karting in Collen, Co Louth. The concept behind the formula is to combine CPD presentations with social interaction, essentially making learning fun. The technical side of the visit comprised a presentation...
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Over the last decade there has been a laser-like focus on in-use lighting energy efficiency, driven both by economics (a return on a lighting investment delivered by reduced energy costs), and increasingly, the move to low or zero carbon buildings in the face of man-made climate change. The result has been a boom in replacing...
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