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

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With the WELL Performance Rating, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has answered the call for a solution tailored to the needs of building owners and operators concerned about how their spaces perform and the implications for health. The WELL Performance Rating takes real data captured through sensor technology or onsite tests, and turns it...
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To many, the metaverse is a new word, a concept born of the internet age, a distant and scary place to contemplate visiting. In reality, however, the first recorded use of the word was in Neal Stephenson’s 1992 novel, Snow Crash. In the novel, the protagonist, Hiro, moves in and out of a place called...
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Today, light pollution is one of the fastest-growing forms of pollution on the planet. It is growing at a rate twice that of the population growth. That yellow/white hue which bleeds from a distance into the dark night sky is a familiar foe with 99% of the population in Europe and North America, writes Aimee...
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In our September/October edition we looked at forthcoming legislation around sustainability. Understandably some people are fearful of the obligations that such legislation will place on them, but if you are a reputable manufacturer or supplier of durable, resource-efficient goods, with a clean supply chain and low-carbon operations, upcoming legislation will benefit your business, writes Elaine...
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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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“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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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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REPowerEU says the EU must double the current roll-out rate of heat pumps in the next five years. It sets targets for water-based heat pumps which, when applied to all types, come to 20 million installed heat pumps by 2027 and 60 million by 2030. These targets compare to the nearly 17 million heat pumps...
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At the recent SEAI Energy Show, a panel of BIM experts (see inset) was challenged to explain how, while digitalisation of the construction process is recognised as the way forward if we are to realise net zero objectives, BIM is the enabling tool that will make it possible. In this special report by Building Services...
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