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

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Elections, elections, elections … Have you had enough yet? How many times have we heard this year that, across the world, there are more national and other elections in 2024 than ever before? Do these elections really matter? How do they impact the consulting engineering sector? The European Federation of Engineering Consultancy Associations (EFCA) thinks...
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Recent updates to the European Union Directives covering Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD) and Energy Efficiency (EED) will lead to significant changes in decarbonising new and existing buildings. This article – by John Burgess, MEP Engineer, Energy Auditor and Energy Efficient Design Facilitator working in Arup’s award-winning Cork Office – aims to raise awareness of...
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Directives and standards to reduce energy in commercial buildings have set challenges for building services engineers to overcome. Complex design systems and modelling tools are now used to create new super-efficient installations with impressive results but, are they comfortable? Michael Curran, CIBSE Ireland and Head of Building Services, Energy and Utilities at the University of...
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Edel Donnelly has joined KSN Team Horizon as a Senior Sustainability Manager. KSN Horizon develops and implements strategic sustainable solutions for the real estate sector, helping clients enhance the value of their assets and manage the transition to a de-carbonised economy. Contact: Edel Donnelly, KSN Team Horizon.T: 01 277 6999; E: edonnelly@ksnhorizon.com
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While the popularisation, over-use and mis-use of certain terminology and phrases can very often undermine their meaning, it is vitally important that sustainability, carbon reduction, energy saving and wellbeing do not fall in to this category. Taken together, they represent the core fundamentals that will help sustain not just the future of the planet, but...
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In this opinion piece Michael Curran, Chair, CIBSE Ireland, calls on all stakeholders – from regulators and legislators through to system designers, engineers, installers and manufacturers – to engage in round table discussions to ensure that the roll-out of heat pumps in commercial applications and public sector buildings is as successful as that of domestic...
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LightingEurope is supporting the call to scale up renovation across Europe and is working hard to make sure it includes lighting. Renovation is at the heart of the European Green Deal and has been identified as a key driver for social and economic recovery post COVID-19. However, there cannot — and should not — be...
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According to one of the most recent releases from the EU, a refurbished and improved building stock will help pave the way for a decarbonised and clean energy system. Currently, roughly 75% of the building stock is energy inefficient, yet almost 80% of today’s buildings will still be in use in 2050. Hence the EU’s...
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According to one of themost recent bulletins from the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA), the European heat pump market grew by 10% in 2015, resulting in a record year with 880,179 units sold. This in turn contributed to 24 Mt of CO2 emission savings and the creation of 47,103 full time jobs, explains Thomas Nowak,...
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Despite recent falls in oil prices, the cost, security and environmental impact of energy used in Ireland’s buildings remains a major concern. With serious geo-political conflicts in both the Middle East and in and around Russia – two of the world’s major energy-producing regions – and with growing recognition of climate change, these concerns are...
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