On Saturday 04 February 2017 at the Engineering & Informatics Building of Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Athlone, Co. Westmeath, a two-hour monthly CPD Training was provided by CABE Republic of Ireland Region. The event was very well attended and appreciated as a very topical subject by those who participated. Light refreshments were provided before the event and this allowed valuable time for participants to mingle and talk in an informal setting.
The CPD was provided by Donal Gilroy of Gilroy BER Energy Services who was assisted by Paul Crossan of Crossan Energy, Kilmore Upper, Co Longford. Gilroy Energy Services is an Irish owned company based in Grange Co. Sligo. The Company formed in 2008 to provide clients with a full Energy Performance Certification Service.
Its targets and objectives are:
- Provide a quality Energy Performance Certification (EPC) Service
- Improve the energy efficiency of buildings
- Promote the early provision of BERs
- Deliver cost-effective improvement advice
- Promote renewable energy
- Offer a full range of Non-Destructive Testing services
- Provide industry specific benchmarking and guidance
- Stimulate the uptake of low carbon homes
- Encourage public sector to lead by example
- Put all buildings on a path to low-carbon
- Use approved survey methodology for existing buildings
- Provide Building Regulations TGD L (2006 & 2008) Compliance certification
- Provide a streamlined survey procedure which is critical for providing an affordable assessment process
- Include some of Ireland’s most experienced assessment consultants among our Associates
- Multiple accreditation allows us to provide clients with a complete one-stop shop for all their EPC requirements
- Energy performance certification is only a small part of our energy efficiency business and only a small step towards meeting the climate change challenge
- Provide building stock assessments
- Provide energy management advice
- Assessments include Air Leakage Testing & Building Energy Rating for Domestic and Non-Domestic Buildings in Ireland, compliance certification with Part L of the Building Regulations
- Only BER Assessors and Associates who are registered on the SEI register of BER assessors are employed in the company. BER assessment is its core business and they offer air pressure testing and other services as complementary add-on services.
Gilroy Energy Services provides Consultancy services for both Domestic and Commercial Building developers at any stage of the project, to assist the design team and the end users. This design advice is best incorporated at an early stage to add maximumvalue, but can be tailored to simply advise on minimum requirements to achieve required test results.Donal started his presentation with a demonstration on how the blow test equipment functions and operates. He gave an in-depth presentation on Building Energy Rating (BER) for Domestic andNon Domestic Buildings in Ireland, Air Tightness, Energy Performance Certification, Air Leakage and Ecological Building Systems. There were lots of slides and details shown. Bad detailing and the problems it causes, the benefit of good detailing were presented through a slide show of diagrams, drawings and photo images. A lively discussion and answer session developed.
During Donal’s presentation, Paul demonstrated in a slide presentation the use of infrared camera imaging to detect energy loss at various junctions and areas of buildings.
The main focus of the CPD was:
- Energy Performance Certification (EPC)
- Ways to improve the energy efficiency of buildings
- Promoting the early provision of BERs
- Delivering cost-effective improvements
- Promoting renewable energy
- Air Testing, infrared Camera Imaging
- Benchmarking and guidance
- Path to low carbon
- Methodology for existing buildings
- Building Regulations TGD L (2006 & 2008) Compliance certification
- Air Leakage Testing & Building Energy Rating for Domestic and Non-Domestic Buildings in Ireland.
Donal and Paul were thanked for a most informative CPD presentation. The feedback from the participants was indeed very positive. CPD certificates were awarded on the day. The Republic of Ireland Region CPD events will continue each month for 2017. We look forward to another successful CPD event on 11 March 2017.
Margaret Kirwan - Southern Ireland Region CPD Officer
24 February 2017