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

Full Day Programme 8.50am to 4.30pm

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

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

Application of Part L to existing buildings

Speaker: Department of Housing Planning & Local Government

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 DirectorCARRIG CONSERVATIONPresident of the ICOMOS (International Scientific Committee on Energy, Sustainability & Climate Change)

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

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: Shane Brodie – Consultant, MMA Consulting Engineers

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: Conor Hanniffy, Deep Retrofit Pilot Programme Manager / 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.

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: 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.

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)

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