Risk, Regulation and Retrofitting…


  • How to carry out extensive fire safety remedial works in Ireland’s Building Stock
  • Fire Safety Compliance with Building Regulations & BCAR
  • OIREACHTAS  report: “Safe as Houses”
  • The Grenfell Tower Fire – What we have learned to date
  • What buildings in Ireland are a question of concern?
  • The Hidden Threat – The passage of fire through a building unchecked

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Date: 31st May 2018

Sponsored by:

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This updated conference programme will explore the key findings on recent Irish cases, what exactly needs to be done to bring Irelands building stock up to current fire safety standards, key challenges when retrofitting and BCAR issues to consider; what local authorities and landlords need to do to ensure all buildings are compliant with regulations and hear of recent cases that are setting a precedent going forward. Cases such as Grenfell findings to date will also be discussed.

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6 Structured CPD Points

This event will be of real interest to all fire safety, build and design professionals including contractors, sub-contractors, engineers, architects, local authorities, semi-state agencies, government departments, manufacturers, suppliers, universities, health & safety managers and legal consultants to name just a few.




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Chairperson Opening Remarks
Brendan Kavanagh, Chartered Fire Safety Practitioner & Fire Scientist Practicing Professional Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Surveyor and Independent Verifier


OIREACHTAS  report: “Safe as Houses” / Remedial Works in Multi Unit Developments
Speaker: Kevin Hollingsworth, Managing Director, Omega Surveying

  • Future standards in Ireland and potential redress systems for people left with big bills to remediate fire safety issues.
  • Investigating carrying out extensive fire safety remedial works in Multi Unit Developments
  • How does the instruction come about
  • Instruction of professionals (Solicitor, Fire Consultant, Building Surveyor)
  • Agreeing the scope of Fire Safety Audit (FSA)
  • Consequences of FSA – Notifying insurers, fire officer, potential purchasers
  • Meetings to inform all owners
  • Remedial works
  • Completion and certification of project

Retrofitting for Older Stock

  • Understanding how older stock was built
  • Common challenges we face today in older building stock
  • Most likely requirements and time frames to bring older building stock to modern standards
  • Challenges of venting, storage and cladding in older building stock
  • Removal requirement of building materials in older building stock?
  • Has older building stock stayed current on sufficient fire cladding and fire stop materials?


Fire Safety Compliance with Building Regulations (BCAR)
Speaker: Conall Finn, Chief Technical Officer, i3PT

  • Standards you must comply with
  • Do we need to do away with self certification?
  • Non-compliance with the approved fire safety certs
  • The new part B from DOE

Common pitfalls in design and management

  • Interpretation of Doc B and related standards
  • Management Failures post build
  • Keeping up with modern methods and materials
  • Relevant tests
  • When will we ever learn?


Q&A Session – How to ensure remedial works comply with the Building Regs. 


Coffee break and chance to network


Case Study – Lessons from Lakanal House applied to the Irish Market
Speaker: Dr Mike Dennett, PhD MIFireE


Different types of fire risk assessment
Speaker: Paddy McDonnell Dir., Fire Safety Consultant., PIIE (Corporate)., Phoenix STS Ltd

  • What types are required legally and by insurers.
  • What process/criteria to use when selecting an organisation to carry out a fire risk assessment on behalf of the Property Owner.


Q+A Session


Lunch and chance to network


The Hidden Threat
Speaker: Ms Charlie Sadler – Dir., Surefire Passive Ltd,  specialising in Structural Passive Fire Protection and Fire Stopping materials and installation

  • The passage of fire through a building unchecked
  • Fire and the byproducts of fire
  • Passive Fire Stopping – what, why, where
  • The issues of cladding and fire stopping.
  • Testing, Certification, Policing


The Double Death Threat of Failing Furniture Flammability Regulations and Flame Retardant Chemicals
Speaker: Terry Edge, Leading expert on the UK’s Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (same measures apply in Ireland), which govern the fire safety of furniture in all homes

  • History of the FFRs and their relationship to flame retardants
  • How it was discovered that the FFRs are seriously flawed, every home at risk
  • How vested interests and a weak government has failed to protect the public
  • Grenfell Tower and the suppression of the truth about toxicity
  • What can be done by Ireland and the UK to put things right


Grenfell – a panel discussion, with Q+A
Speaker: Terry Edge, Leading expert on the UK’s Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety), Charlie Sadler, Dir, Surefire Passive Ltd,  specialising in Structural Passive Fire Protection and Fire Stopping materials and installation and Khadijah Mamudu, IT Project Management Consultant

  • What the forum are fighting for and what are they trying to achieving
  • What we hope will change in Ireland as a result.


Conference Close

There will be 6 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service

Brendan Kavanagh

Brendan Kavanagh

Chartered Fire Safety Practitioner & Fire Scientist, Practicing Professional Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Surveyor and Independent Verifier

Practicing Professional Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Surveyor and Independent Verifier.

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Best Practice Facilitator and Fire Safety Management Specialist Adviser. Preliminary  Examination of  the Institution of  Fire Engineers (12th March 1977) with MCR Graduate Membership  awarded (30th November 2009). Forty  One Years continuous Membership of the Institution of Fire Engineers (1976 – 2017). Membership of the Association of Irish Risk Management (1999) and Elected  Chairman (Term 2001- 2003). Membership of the National Standards Authority of  Ireland Fire  Safety Standards Consultative Committee (1987) and Chairman of Advisory Group 3. Professional Membership Number 106 (5th January 1993) of  The Confederation of Fire Protection Association Europe (CFPA – Europe). Professional  Membership of the Institution of Incorporated Executive Engineers Membership Number A29381(1994). Register of  Safety Practitioners Number 1934 (20th June 1995) and Chartered Membership of the Institution of  Occupational Safety and Health 17th November 2005. Appointed Lecturer Trinity College The University of Dublin Department  of  Civil,Structural and Environmental Engineering (2012 – 2017). January 2015 Appointed Visiting Specialist Lecturer Fire Service Training  College U.K. & N.I. Morton in the Marsh. Accredited Joiff Fire Safety Management (“Responsible Person”) and Fire Safety (“Competent Person”). Fire Safety Management and Hydraulic Fire Engineering Workshop Director and Tutor (2014-2017). Construction Site Fire Safety, Gas Safety activities incorporating Hot Works Permit approval in accordance with Irish & European Standards and World Class Best Practice Techniques (2016-2017).

Paddy McDonnell

Paddy McDonnell

Technical Director, Phoenix Safety Training Services

Paddy has over 20 years experience in Fire Engineering and 13 in Occupational Safety and Health.

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From 2000 until his retirement from the Department of Defence in 2010 he was a senior lecturer at the School of Military Engineering in the Irish Defence Forces Training Centre, lecturing on fire safety both operational and prevention, breathing apparatus, and road accident rescue.

He is a fire safety consultant with Phoenix STS Ltd. where he specialises in fire safety and emergency management within healthcare. He is a specialist adviser on healthcare fire safety training programs, pre- fire planning, and evacuation strategies.

Paddy is a Corporate Member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, a Graduate member of the Institution of Fire Engineers and of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. He is also a Member of the National Association of Healthcare Fire Officers, National Fire Protection Association, Irish Institute of Training & Development and holds a level 8 qualification under National Framework of Qualifications in Occupational Safety and Health.

Kevin Hollingsworth

Kevin Hollingsworth

Managing Director, Omega Surveying

Kevin Hollingsworth is a chartered Building surveyor and chartered project management surveyor with over 20 years experience remediating defective apartment buildings between Ireland, United Kingdom and Australia.

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Kevin has a certificate in construction studies from Dundalk Institute of technology and a degree in building surveying from Liverpool John Moores University. Kevin is a former chairman of the building surveying division and the current chairman of the communication standing committee of the Society of chartered surveyors Ireland. Kevin has managed the remediation process of numerous multi unit developments through out Ireland over the past 10 years and has a wealth of experience in relation to fire safety in multi unit developments.

Conall Finn

Conall Finn

Chief Technical Officer, i3PT Certification

Chief Operations Officer and Assigned Certifier with i3PT Certification, a multi-disciplinary Assigned Certification body.

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He is an experienced Chartered Engineer with a fire and mechanical engineering background and he lectures for the Institution of Fire Engineers and DIT. He also acts as vice-chair for the Engineers Ireland Project Management Society. He is currently working as an Assigned Certifier on a number of Large-scale commercial and residential developments and he oversees teams of Assigned Certifiers. Among the projects he is currently working is the Capital Dock project, which includes Ireland’s tallest building, a 23 storey Residential Apartment Block of 79m in height above ground level.

Dr Mike Dennett

Dr Mike Dennett


From 1964 to 1994 Mike served in all ranks of the fire service up to Assistant Chief Fire Officer working mainly in the Metropolitan areas of Merseyside, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.

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In February 2002 he was awarded a Research Degree (PhD) at the University of Central Lancashire that encompassed work in fire technology, fire engineering, fire service management and economics.

As a fire investigator he has acted in cases throughout the UK and Northern Ireland, the Irish Republic, Belgium, Greece, the Canary Isles and Hong Kong.

Khadijah Mamudu

Khadijah Mamudu

IT Project Management Consultant

Khadijah’s immediate family members mother (69) and adopted brother (13) with ADHD and high spectrum autism survived the Grenfell Fire tragedy.

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Her work with the Grenfell community led to the creation of the successful Twitter handle: @Still_I_Rise_GT, a social media campaign with almost 7,000 followers. Khadijah is also a core member of The Grenfell Fire Forum (No affiliation to the SEP) with the role of Communications, Community and Stakeholder Engagement Manager.

The Forum was established following the Grenfell Tower tragedy to investigate all aspects of safety including the current flaws with the law and its implementation, to improve public safety, and to work with and support a wide range of stakeholders and communities.

Through her work with the Forum, Khadijah has appeared on national television, speaking at both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

For more information please visit our website @ http://thegrenfellfireforum.org/


Safegard Systems

Safegard Systems, established in 1994, is an Irish Company specialising in Smoke/Fire Dampers and Damper Control & Monitoring Systems. With our experience and range of market leading products, we offer the complete solution to achieving smoke/fire containment/extraction in HVAC systems for offices, hospitals, hotels, schools, apartments, shopping centres etc. Safegard Systems offer our experience and knowledge in the form of design advice, product selection, product supply, commissioning and final system certification.

For more information, visit www.safegard.ie/safegard-systems/

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Vision Radio Fire

Established in 2000, VRF is Ireland’s only specialist wireless fire detection company. Our wireless solutions deliver flexibility, high performance, rapid installation and minimum disruption in the built environment.

We deliver fully compliant wireless solutions and unrivalled technical support to customers throughout Ireland. Regardless of the design or construction of the building you wish to protect, we are your single source for a wide range of wireless fire detection solutions including; Wireless, Hybrid and Temporary Systems.

While our client needs vary greatly, they are unified in their demand for the highest levels of fire detection compliance.

Survey | Design | Supply | Support


Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

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Booking rate €450.00 + VAT

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

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

Email: bookings@cmgevents.ie

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