Retrofitting to meet Fire Safety, BCAR standards and Part L requirements

The Role of BIM in enabling better retrofitting and conservation

A one-day conference

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

Date: 18th October 2018

This is a very popular topic at present with the volume of public and private sector buildings being retrofitted to meet fire safety, BCAR standards and Part L requirements

Across the country retrofits continue to increase in complexity and technology to keep up with new construction trends, evolving code requirements and regulations or requests for greater durability and usability from owners and investors. How can contractors keep up with these increasing build and technology demands?

This is a must attend event for any professionals directly or indirectly involved in the retrofitting process or standards and compliance surrounding it.

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5 Structured CPD Points




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Conference Chairperson & Opening Address

  • The Challenge of Retrofit and the drive for Nearly Zero Energy Building

Kevin O’Rourke, Sustainable Energy Specialist, Marchena Management Services Ltd


Application of Part L to existing buildings

Speaker: Sean Armstrong, Senior Adviser, Department of Housing Planning & Local Government

  •       ‘The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, Building Regulations and application to existing Buildings’


Costs – Life Cycle Costing & Financial Appraisal of Low Energy Retrofit

  • Cost Optimal Energy Efficient Design
  • Financial Appraisal of deep retrofit & low-energy design & systems – How do we assess if it is cost effective or not?
  • Introduction to Life Cycle Costs Analysis / Investment Appraisal techniques
  • Some simple worked examples of Cost Optimal Calculations & findings from DIT MSc research projects

Speaker: Daniel Coyle, Daniel Coyle Architects


Heritage and Conservation Concerns. 

  • Are there allowances with standards in certain buildings using certain materials 
  • Retrofitting insulation to old building and the huge problems it can cause 
  • Different approach to old buildings and if the new systems of air tightness and insulation are applied to old structures, what structural problems can occur. Examples discussed. Comparisons of a Georgian building, a Victorian building and a concrete building.

Abandoned Buildings and bringing them up to standard

  • What are the most common structural issues – how to retrofit while adhering to heritage laws and features within a public space.
  • How to bring old buildings up to current and future energy standards.
  • Building materials and compatibility with old materials

Speaker: Peter Cox, Managing Director Carrig Conservation International Ltd. President ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments and Sites) International Scientific Committee on Energy, Sustainability & Climate Change


Coffee break and chance to network


BCAR & Retrofitting

  • Outline Building Regulations and nZEB requirements re retrofitting 
  • Deep retrofit (aim for the best standard)
  • Step by step retrofit and its challenges (step by step construction details) and EnerPHit standard
  • Progress in Europe on retrofit training  

Speaker: Mariana Moreira, MosArt Ltd, Architecture Landscape Urban Design


BIM (Building Information Modelling) role in enabling better retrofitting and conservation

  • 3D scanning & point clouds
  • BIM applications in building retrofits and conservation projects
  • BIM enabling complete M&E tender packages to be developed. Eliminating onsite fabrication and thereby reducing risk & cost.

Speaker: Dermot Doran, Project Director at MMA Consulting Engineers


Q+A Session


Lunch and chance to network


The challenges and opportunities of deep retrofit of homes in Ireland​

  • Vision & Policy
  • The Deep Retrofit Pilot Programme and its principles
  • Target market
  • Challenges & opportunities expected

Speaker: Brian McIntyre, Deep Retrofit Pilot Programme Executive, SEAI


Retrofitting for Fire Safety and bringing buildings up to standard

  • What is a fire safety audit and is there a need to undertake one prior to any major works
  • What is the legislative difference between pre and post 1992 (Building Regulations) properties
  • An understanding of the basic fire safety principals: detection, containment & escape provision
  • What are the most common issues with apartments and other building stock
  • National review following Grenfell – an overview of the recommendations

Speaker: Kevin Hollingsworth, Managing Director, Omega Surveying Services


Case study – Before and After – Energy Consumption and Indoor Environmental Quality

  • An ongoing Post Occupancy Evaluation project is being led by Ulster University comparing pre retrofit and A rated dwellings for >30 Irish dwellings
  • Temperature profiles are significantly different between A rated and pre retrofit dwellings
  • Indoor Carbon dioxide concentrations are of concern
  • An analysis of Bedroom CO2 concentrations across building typologies with varying ventilation strategies
  • Implications for retrofit

Speaker: Dr. Shane Colclough, Dip EE, BSc, MIE, MBA, PhD, MIEI, CEng, EurIng, Research Fellow, Ulster University and Principal, Energy Expertise Ltd.


Q&A session


Conference Close

Kevin O’Rourke

Kevin O’Rourke

Sustainable Energy Specialist, Marchena Management Services Ltd

Kevin O’Rourke is an independent specialist in sustainable energy technologies, policies and practices, with over 40 years experience in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental protection, mainly in the built environment and industry sectors, nationally and internationally.

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For 14 years, he was a senior manager in SEAI, leading a number of key national energy programmes, and previously worked in the Irish Energy Centre, the European Commission, Eolas – the Irish Science & Technology Agency, the Institute for Industrial Research & Standards, Taylor Woodrow Research Laboratories UK and UCD School of Architecture. He is a former Chair of the Energy – Environment Division of Engineers Ireland and is currently Chair of the Irish Green Building Council.

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.

Dr. Shane Colclough

Dr. Shane Colclough

Dip EE, BSc, MIE, MBA, PhD, MIEI, CEng, EurIng, Research Fellow, Ulster University and Principal, Energy Expertise Ltd.

Shane Colclough believes passionately in the potential afforded by low-energy building standards in providing a better standard of housing for our citizens, simultaneously reducing Ireland’s dependence on fossil fuels and eliminating fuel poverty.

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He has led research into low-energy dwellings at the Centre for Sustainable Technologies in Ulster University for the past 10 years, in addition to being principal at the consultancy firm Energy Expertise Ltd. He is also active in the not for profit sector and is vice-Chairman of the Passive House Association of Ireland and founding co-Chairman of near Zero Energy Buildings Ireland nZEBI. He has authored many papers on the topic of low-energy and passive houses & energy storage in addition to presenting at national and international conferences. He is an experienced consultant and serves in the EU as an Expert on Energy-Efficient Buildings.

Daniel Coyle

Daniel Coyle

Daniel Coyle Architects

Daniel Coyle is an industry-based architect and energy design consultant.

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Daniel is a Registered Architect, a member of the RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) and has RIAI Conservation and Environmental Design Accreditation. He has extensive practice experience, working on a diverse range of residential and commercial building projects. (for selected projects see: www.danielcoylearchitects.ie) In 2015, Daniel obtained a Masters degree (First Class Hons.) in Energy Retrofit Technology (Sustainable & Energy Efficient Design) at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He has a special interest in Passive House, nZEB (Nearly Zero Energy Buildings) and low-energy design solutions for both new build and retrofit. He has carried out research into Passive-House and nZEB energy efficient design strategies, including a detailed examination of implementing these ultra-low energy building standards, in a cost-effective way. He has taught at DIT School of Architecture and currently lectures on the MSc Building Performance (Energy Efficient Design) programmes.

Dermot Doran

Dermot Doran

Projects Director, MMA Consulting Engineers B.Eng, C.Eng, LEED AP, MIEI

Dermot is a Chartered Building Services Engineer with over 30 years experience in the design and delivery of complex projects spanning the industrial, commercial and residential sectors.

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He has operated at a senior engineering level within multi-national organisations, where he developed a streamlined methodology for completing Concept, Preliminary and Detailed Designs for fast track project activities, using the best available technologies.

MMA Consulting Engineers are leading the way in utilising digital methodologies to deliver validated fast track projects both in Ireland and elsewhere and Dermot has been heavily involved from the roll out of new technologies and approaches to make that happen.

Peter Cox

Peter Cox

Managing Director Carrig Conservation International Ltd. President ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments and Sites) International Scientific Committee on Energy, Sustainability & Climate Change

Peter lectures internationally and on many university architectural, conservation and world heritage sites courses.

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Peter has a primary degree in chemical engineering, he has worked in the analysis of decay of historic masonry, the treatment of stone and mortar in Heritage Buildings, monuments and sites for over 30 years, is the founding member and Managing Director of Carrig Conservation International Limited and has gained over thirty years’ international experience of stone conservation in historic buildings and all types of porous building materials, Carrig also specialises in the conservation of 20th century buildings and is a leading expert in Concrete Conservation. Carrig has developed two new divisions within the last number of years, one is in pure Research and the other is in the design of Energy Efficient Methodologies for Traditional and Historic Buildings.

Peter has been an active member of ICOMOS Ireland for many years and is a past President and Vice President of ICOMOS Ireland. Peter is also very active on the international ICOMOS scene, Peter is currently President of the ISC on Energy, Sustainability & Climate Change (ISCES+CC) Peter recently represented ICOMOS International on the CEN/TC346/WG8 on “Energy Efficiency in Heritage Buildings” this is now waiting for final ratification by the EU member countries and has been given the title EN 16883-2016-5. Peter is President of the ICOMOS Ireland National Scientific Committee on Climate Change and its effect on Historic sites and monuments. Peter is an active member of the ICOMOS Focal Point on “Sustainable Development Goals” as part of the United Nations New Urban Agenda, he has attended the initial Conference on the “Urban Agenda & Sustainable Housing” held in Quito, Ecuador and the subsequent two meetings in Istanbul, Turkey and Jeju South Korea. Peter was an official delegate of Ireland at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the UN Headquarters in New York in July 2018 where the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment (DCCAE) presented the Irish VNR (Voluntary National Review).

Mariana Moreira

Mariana Moreira

MosArt Ltd, Architecture Landscape Urban Design

During her educational training Mariana participated in the Erasmus Programme in Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland, where she studied under international renowned architectural masters (Peter Zumthor and Henk Hartzema).

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She later worked with Durrer Linggi Schmid Architekten in Zurich, where she participated in several open competitions, having won first prize in one and second prize in another. While working on a project for the Zurich National Bank she gained experience in producing construction drawings and in site supervision.

Mariana has been working with MosArt since May 2006 and has been involved in a number of private and commercial projects, including the new Wicklow Town Extension.

Mariana has worked on several large scale projects at MosArt in the past ten years and is familiar with evaluating the impact of different construction solutions on the building environment in respect to energy and comfort balance, both on new and existing building type. She has personally managed several large projects in recent years including trans-European research programmes concerning energy efficiency (see www.europhit.eu).

Mariana is an excellent communicator and is personally responsible for Client liaison for many construction projects at MosArt.

Brian McIntyre

Brian McIntyre

Deep Retrofit Pilot Programme Executive, SEAI

Brian McIntyre is Programme Executive on the Deep Retrofit Pilot Programme in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), having joined the organisation in April 2017.

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He was formerly Senior Scientist at RPS Group in Environment & Resource Management, with a core focus on the energy sector throughout his career including providing consultancy services to SEAI across the public sector, SME, RD&D and Delivery programmes since 2005. Brian has also provided consultancy to the public and private sector on policy, infrastructure and technology.

This event will be of real interest to anyone involved in the building & design sector including, architects, engineers, contractors, designers, suppliers, manufacturers, facility managers, property managers, local authorities, government departments, semi-state agencies, air tightness specialists, building control system and universities.

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

Talbot Hotel (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)

Booking Rate @ €450 + 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

Email: bookings@cmgevents.ie

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