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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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This is the final article in a series of six that have been specifically designed to inform, support and assist industry and individuals within the built environment to embrace, engage and map their individual digital transformation journey. In the first three articles we detailed the tools required by industry to build their digitalisation pathway. Articles...
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Commercial building owners are set get a Fit for 55 wake-up call when EU regulations to mitigate climate change are enforced, starting in late 2022. Here Phil Kane, Eaton’s Country Manager for Ireland, explains how they can anticipate the changes, reduce their buildings’ energy costs, and ease grid congestion. Good intentions can be tough to...
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Sean Kelly, Ireland South MEP, has been appointed EPP Rapporteur for the European Parliament’s revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), a key component of the EU “Renovation Wave” and the European Green Deal. The Directive seeks to modernise EU buildings, to make them fit for a greener and more digital society, while...
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The real estate industry is genuinely on the cusp of a digital revolution with regard to intelligent buildings and the use of building space. It is now up to those directly involved in the construction sector to embrace and drive these new concepts and digital skills, so that intelligent building design becomes the norm, leading...
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