Parts A-M Examined in Detail & Key Areas you Need to Focus On

A one-day conference

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

Date: 26th September 2018

This conference will provide a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of the Technical Guidance Documents, and give a practical review of TGD’s in relation to each part of the Building Regulations. Areas such as interpretation of the TGD’s; changes in TGD’s in recent years to keep abreast of and elements you must pay attention to and get right from the start will be discussed in detail.

There will be a full line up of expert speakers on the these topics covering all practical and legal elements, using case studies and real life examples to help you fully understand all key areas.




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Opening Remarks by Conference Chairperson:
Cormac Bradley, B.Sc., C. Eng., F.I.E.I., M.I.C.E. Construction Manager, RPS Group

Interpretation of TGD’s and Important changes to note over recent years

  • What are the key areas you need to get right from the start?


Part A Structure

  • Revisions of Part A over time – 1991, 1997 and 2012
  • Current version 2012
  • Relationship to Construction Products Regulation 305/2011
  • Relationship to Eurocodes and other European standards
  • The Requirements
  • Sub-section 1 – Houses and other small buildings
  • Sub-section 2 – All Building types, codes , standards and references
  • Sub-section 3 – Recovering of existing roof structures and structural safety of external wall cladding
  • Section 2 – Disproportionate Collapse
  • Execution and inspection
  • Certification

Speaker: Jim Mansfield, Consulting Engineer, Kavanagh Mansfield & Partners, Chairman Eurocodes Consultative Committee


Parts K & M

  • The background & context for both Building Regulations K & M
  • Understanding the end users
  • The application of the TGD’s to meet the requirements of the Regulations
  • Supplementary guidance to TGD K & M
  • Overlaps between K and M = when to use (eg stairs and ramps)
  • Detail Design and where things go wrong during construction
  • Recent changes to BS 8300:2018

Speaker: Eoin O’Herlihy, B Tech (Ed.), M.Eng, CEng MIEI, MIES, Managing Director, O’Herlihy Access Consultancy


Part C – Contaminated land – Radon, CO2, CH4 and VOCs

  • Types and sources of ground gas
  • Irish and UK regulations and guidance summary
  • Protection measures
    -Slab types, passive ventilation and gas membranes
    -Pro’s and con’s and considerations of these measures
  • Installation quality
  • Detailed design
  • Independent verification strategy
    -Integrity testing options

Speaker: Michael Sweeney, GQA Environmental


Coffee break and chance to network


Part E: Sound

  • Application of Part E
  • Mandatory Sound Insulation Performance Requirements
  • Standard Constructions
  • Sound Insulation Testing
  • Reverberation Control

Speaker: Chris Dilworth, Director (Acoustics) at AWN Consulting


Part L

  • Domestic & Non Domestic
  • Governing Legislation; Path to NZEB near Zero Energy Building: Where we are? Where are we Going?
  • Part L (Domestic)
    – Minimum Design Parameters (Fabric, Ventilation, Space and Water Heating, Renewables etc.)
    – Path to achieving Compliance
    – Importance of Thermal Bridging and Accredited Details in Design.
    – Using DEAP to prove overall compliance
  • Part L (Non- Domestic)
    – Current Building Regulations for Non Domestic
    – New Building Regulations for Non Domestic (Fabric, Ventilation, Space and Water Heating, Renewables etc.)
    – Minimum Design Parameters
    – The potential effect of the new building regulations to design.
    – Using iSBEM or equivalent software’s to prove compliance

Speaker: Brian Collentine, Director, ORS


Part J, H & F – Getting your ducts in a row

  • Part F: A glimpse of what is to come, discussion on proposed new Part F.
  • Part F: Ventilation and air tight buildings.
  • Part F: Ventilation Design for commercial buildings.
  • Part H: Designing compliant soils and waste systems, tips and pit falls.
  • Part J: Designing provisions for combustion air
  • Part J: Correct location for discharge of products of combustion
  • Part J: The requirements for Carbon monoxide detection.
  • Understanding the importance of commissioning systems.

Speaker: William O’Donnell, BEng (Hons), C.Eng. CIBSE, C.Eng. MIEI, CIBSE LCC, LEED AP, Associate Director, Environmental and Sustainable Design, IN2 Engineering Design Partnership


Q+A Session


Lunch and chance to network


Part B– Fire Safety: Volumes 1 & 2

  • Overview of TGD B: 2006 – Volume 1 (All buildings except dwelling-houses)
  • TGD B: 2017 – Volume 2 (Dwelling- houses) Main Changes and Provisions
  • Provisions sometimes overlooked.

Speaker: Andrew O’Rourke, Registered Building Surveyor, Assigned Certifier, i3pt certification


Parts D & G

Parts D Materials and Workmanship & Part G Hygiene

Part D Materials and workmanship

  • Materials, workmanship and design considerations
  • Standard and references including codes of practice and standard recommendations -CEN Standards and IS Standards
  • Construction Products Regulations: – The application of harmonized Standards and conformity of the construction product with its declared performance
  • Technical Specifications, performance criteria, tolerances, sampling and testing
  • Role of various players involved in CPR and their obligations
  • Responsibility of designated parties for demonstrating a construction product’s compliance with the requirements of the PART D & the CPR regulations

Part G Hygiene

  • Application of Part G -Guidance in respect of design and installation of sanitary conveniences and washing facilities         
  • Bathroom & Kitchen installations etc
  • Hot and cold-water supplies
  • Efficient water use for flushing fittings
  • Protecting installations and ensuring compliance

Speaker: Kevin Sheridan, Secretary General AEEBC


BCAR – Issues raised by the Certification Regime and Building Control

  • Certification Regime – applicable law;
  • Preparation of the Certificate of Compliance on Completion;
  • Ancillary Certificates;
  • The Statutory Register;
  • The Building Control Management System (“BCMS”);
  • Building Control Authority obligations;
  • Practical steps to avoid certification issues.

Speaker: Killian Dorney, A&L Goodbody


Q&A session and conference close

This event will be of real interest to all build and design professionals, assigned and design certifiers, public sector bodies and those who look after the law surrounding projects. The types of organisations in attendance will be contractors, sub-contractors, engineers, architects, local authorities, semi-state agencies, government departments, manufacturers, suppliers, universities and legal consultants.

There will be 5 CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service.

Chris Dilworth

Chris Dilworth

Director (Acoustics) at AWN Consulting

Chris Dilworth (Director) has responsibility for the Acoustics team in AWN Consulting.

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He is a European Engineer and Chartered Engineer with a BEng in Electroacoustics from the Department of Applied Acoustics at the University of Salford. He is a corporate member of Engineers Ireland and the Institute of Acoustics with over thirty years’ experience in the field of acoustics; he has been a consultant since 1989. Chris was a member of the Working Group that assisted with the redrafting of the 2014 Building Regulations update relating to Sound, as well as the associated Technical Guidance Document. He is the lead author of technical documents published by, inter alia, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (formerly the NRA) and the Environmental Protection Agency. He is a founder member of the Sound Insulation Testing Register Ireland (SITRI) and has lectured at TCD, UCD, NUI Galway and NUI Maynooth.

Kevin Sheridan

Kevin Sheridan

Secretary General AEEBC

Kevin Sheridan EurBE, MSc, CEnv, MICE, FSCSI, FRICS, FIBCI, FCIOB, FCABE, is Secretary General and Past President of the Association of European Building and Construction Experts.

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He is Chairman of the NSAI Construction Standards Consultative Committee overseeing the Construction Sector Standards Program 2018 – 2022.

He is a Chartered Surveyor, Chartered Building Engineer & Environmentalist and a member of the Architects Registration Board, the Construction Industry Registration Ireland (CIRI) Board and a former member of the Building Surveyors Registration Board. He served on the SI 105 BCAR Board for alternative compliance proposals for Health & Schools Projects.

He Immediate Past Chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Republic of Ireland region and Past President of the Irish Building Control Institute (IBCI). He project-managed the development and delivery of the QQI National Building Control/Regulations competency certificated training programme.

Eoin O’Herlihy

Eoin O’Herlihy

B Tech (Ed.), M.Eng, CEng MIEI, MIES, Managing Director, O’Herlihy Access Consultancy

Eoin O’Herlihy is an independent accessibility and Universal Design consultant and Managing Director of O’Herlihy Access Consultancy (OHAC

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OHAC is one of the leading specialists in access consultancy and training in Ireland. Established in 2007, the goal of OHAC is to make services and buildings accessible for everyone.  They work in partnership with national and international clients to ensure that their built environment, services, human resources and information provision are accessible to all staff and customers regardless of age, size or disability.

With over fourteen years experience working as an accessibility consultant and trainer, Eoin has advised clients including the National Disability Authority, The European Commission; Dublin Castle, Cantrell and Crowley Architects; the Health Service Executive; University College Cork; The Department of Education and Skills; John Sisk and Sons; European Network for Accessible Tourism; National Standards Authority of Ireland; Microsoft; The Irish Wheelchair Association; Age Friendly Ireland;  Kennedy Wilson; Dublin City Council; Henry J Lyons Architects; Dublin Institute of Technology and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.

Jim Mansfield

Jim Mansfield

Consulting Engineer, Kavanagh Mansfield & Partners, Chairman Eurocodes Consultative Committee

Jim Mansfield is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and a Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers.

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He is Managing Director of Kavanagh Mansfield & Partners who are designers of Commercial, Public, Institutional and Residential structures throughout Ireland.

Jim Mansfield is the Chair of an NSAI Committee “Eurocodes Consultative Committee” which deals with the impact of the Eurocode suite of design standards in Ireland. This committee also looks at the impact on the Irish Construction Industry of a number of related standards which includes EN 1090.

Jim Mansfield has lectured on a number of topics related to the Eurocodes to various organisations in recent years.

Jim Mansfield is currently Chair person of the Irish Concrete Society, which is a not for profit Society supporting technical excellence in the design and construction of concrete with members from all sections including design, production and construction.

Michael Sweeney

Michael Sweeney

BEng(Tech) PGradDip MIEI, GQA Environmental

Michael has worked in the contaminated land and gas protection industry for over 10 years in a number or roles including manufacturing, design and on-site verification.

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He is an Environmental Engineer and is director of GQA Environmental who are specialists in contaminated land design and verification techniques.

He was a contributor and sat on the steering committees of the following best practice guidance documents;

  • CIRIA C716 (2012) Remediating and mitigating risks from VOC vapours from land affected by contamination
  • CIRIA C735 (2014) Good practice on the testing and verification of protection systems for buildings against hazardous ground gases

Michael carries out regular training for local authority CIEH contaminated land officers and building control departments in Northern Ireland and has carried out consultation and advisory work for the EPA and DOE in Ireland. He began lecturing on the Environmental Engineering post graduate course at Trinity College in Dublin on contaminated land in 2017

Andrew O’Rourke

Andrew O’Rourke

BEng(Tech) PGradDip MIEI, GQA Environmental

Andrew O’Rourke is an Assigned Certifier with i3pt Certification a multi-disciplinary Assigned Certifying body.

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He is an experienced chartered building engineer, chartered architectural technologist and was many years the principal in his own building surveying and fire safety consultancy practice prior to joining i3pt. He has lectured in construction technology and fire safety design in DIT and has presented fire safety and fire safe construction presentations to the Irish Regions of the Institution of Fire Engineers and Chartered Association of Building Engineers. He is a visiting lecturer to the PG Professional Diploma (Architecture Course) in UCD & is a lecturer on the fire safety module of the SCSI Higher Cert. in Quantity Surveying Course in DIT.

He is currently working as an Assigned Certifier on a number of large scale commercial and residential developments.

Brian Collentine

Brian Collentine

Director, ORS

Brian leads the ORS Energy team.

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He is highly knowledgeable, professional and is well respected in the energy industry. Clients benefit from Brian’s strong knowledge and connections within the energy industry which he uses to help clients meet their objectives. Brian is passionate about climate change and his overarching goal within his team is to engage with communities and public bodies to help them reduce their carbon emissions.

Killian Dorney

Killian Dorney

A&L Goodbody

Killian has a broad range of experience advising on commercial disputes, with a particular focus on the construction industry and construction related insurance matters.

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As well as acting for clients in litigation, he has experience in many forms of alternative dispute resolution, including adjudication, mediation and domestic and international arbitration. Specialising in the construction sector, Killian acts primarily for employers, contractors, subcontractors and consultants, as well as their insurers.

Cormac Bradley

Cormac Bradley

B.Sc., C. Eng., F.I.E.I., M.I.C.E. Construction Manager, RPS Group

A graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, Cormac has spent a large part of his career in South Africa working on a wide variety of projects including dams, bridges, roads, wastewater treatment works, gold, coal and diamond mines and a collapsed railway tunnel.

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He returned to Ireland in 2001 to a position in Galway but relocated to Dun Laoghaire in 2005 and shortly thereafter joined RPS as a Construction Manager in the Dun Laoghaire office concentrating on landfill projects in their Waste & Energy Section. Currently, he is working on the Dublin Airport Fuel Farm redevelopment project and has current Assigned Certifier roles on pharmaceutical, social accommodation and commercial projects and has completed a small hospital building project in the same capacity.

He represented Engineers Ireland (with others) in the original BC(A)R consultation process and was their sole representative on the working group that originally developed the suite of Ancillary Certificates and the associated Practice Notes that have followed that exercise.

William O’Donnell

William O’Donnell

BEng (Hons), C.Eng. CIBSE, C.Eng. MIEI, CIBSE LCC, LEED AP, Associate Director, Environmental and Sustainable Design, IN2 Engineering Design Partnership

William works as an environmental and sustainable design engineer for IN2 Engineering.

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IN2 is a modern building services specialising in low energy design for domestic and commercial buildings with offices in Dublin, London, Athlone and Belfast.

As part of IN2’s environmental department, William works closely with Architects and design teams from early sketch design to integrate passive design measures into the design philosophy of each building. Specialist areas include: dynamic simulation (DSM); computational fluid dynamics (CFD); daylight / sunlight / right to light / obtrusive light analysis; Part L and NZEB compliance; building portfolio energy benchmarking.

William is a chartered engineer with over 12 years’ experience as a Building Services Engineer and is an accredited LEED AP, BREEAM AP and CIBSE Low Carbon Consultant. William is currently sitting as a director on the Board of the Irish Green Building Council (IGBC).

Talbot Hotel (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)

Booking rate is €450.00 + VAT.

CMG Events Conference Discount

  • 10% discount for the third delegate booked or subsequent bookings thereafter from the same company.

The rate to attend includes morning tea/coffee and refreshments on arrival at registration, mid-morning tea/coffee and pastries and full buffet lunch. You will receive the speakers PowerPoint presentations within 24 hours after the event. 

Tel: 01 293 4764


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