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

  • What are the key areas most projects fall down on?
  • How to bring buildings up to current standards?

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: Roisin Hanley, B.Arch M.U.B.C. R.I.A.I. R.I.B.A. C.E.D.R Dip Arb. R.I.A.I Conservation Architect Grade 1, R.I.B.A Specialist Conservation Architect (SCA), Roisin Hanley Architects

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

What the fRsi is going on with Part L?

  • Retrofit and adhering to Appendix D, TGD to Part L
  • Ireland’s fRsi > 0.75 is one of the toughest building regulation in the world – best practice in compliance
  • Dealing with mould avoidance – a 3-D, 365, 24/7 problem
  • What new skills set is required for design certifiers under BCAR
  • Indoor air quality is critical for human health – how should it be monitored

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

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.

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)

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

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