Parts A-M Examined in Detail – Important Changes – Common Problems, Compliance Challenges & Solutions

A one-day conference

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

Date: 16th May 2019

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. Throughout the day we will discuss every part of the technical guidance documents from Part A to Part M, from fire safety, ventilation, energy efficiency, sound and more. We will note important changes over the last few years and the key issues that commonly cause problems or compliance challenges.

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 overtime – 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

Presentation by: Michael Sweeney, BEng(Tech) PGradDip MIEI, GQA Environmental.

Presented by: Cormac Bradley, B.Sc., C. Eng., F.I.E.I., M.I.C.E. Construction Manager, RPS Group


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

Part L (Domestic)

  • Minimum Design Parameters (Fabric, Ventilation, Space and Water Heating, Renewables, Thermal Bridging, etc.)
  • Path to achieving Compliance
  • Major Renovations
  • Examples
  • Transitional Arrangements

Speaker: Emmanuel Bourdin, Adviser Building Standards, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Part L 2017 (Non Domestic): Conservation of Fuel and Energy – Buildings other than Dwellings presentation:

  • NZEB
  • Application
  • Key Components of Performance Requirements
  • Achieving Compliance
  • Major Renovation
  • NEAP Overview

Speaker: Edel Murray, Advisor Building Standards, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government


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, EurBE, MSc, CEnv, FSCSI, FRICS, MICE, FCABE, FCIOB, FIBCI. Secretary General AEEBC, Chairman NSAI CSCC.  


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: Mairead Phelan, Project Manager, National Building Control Office


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

EurBE, MSc, CEnv, FSCSI, FRICS, MICE, FCABE, FCIOB, FIBCI. Secretary General AEEBC, Chairman NSAI CSCC.  

Kevin Sheridan EurBE, MSc, CEnv, FSCSI, FRICS, MICE, FCABE, FCIOB, FIBCI, 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 is an environmental engineer and director of GQA Environmental.

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He has worked in contaminated land characterisation, design and verification for over 10 years.  He has been involved in the development of best practice CIRIA guidance documents in the UK and has carried out consultation to the EPA and advisory work to the DOE in Ireland.  He lectures on the post graduate diploma for environmental engineering at Trinity College and has designed training courses on contaminated land for CIEH Contaminated Land Officers and Building Control departments in the North of Ireland. 

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).

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 spent the first half 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 initially concentrating on landfill projects in their Waste & Energy Section. Since the decline of the landfill sector he has embraced other aspects of engineering projects while based in the Dun Laoghaire office. Currently, he is working on the Dublin Airport Fuel Farm redevelopment project and a number of transport-related projects. In terms of buildings, he has completed a number of projects as the Assigned Certifier for a pharmaceutical client, a small hospital project and a rural school.  Live Assigned Certifier undertakings at present include a school, a pharmaceutical facility, social accommodation and a small commercial project.

Mairéad Phelan

Mairéad Phelan

Project Manager, National Building Control Office

Mairéad Phelan, Head of National Building Control Office is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Engineers Ireland.

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Prior to this she was a Programme Manager in the Local Government Management Agency, where she project managed the implementation of the National Building Control Management Project and BCMS. She was Senior Engineer in Fingal County Council’s Planning & Strategic Infrastructure, Road Safety and Transportation Departments. The bulk of her experience is in project management of large building construction and civil engineering projects for both the public and private sector. She holds an MBA, a Diploma in Highway & Geotechnical Engineering, a Diploma in Project Management, a Diploma in Law and a PGC in Governance.

Andrew O’Rourke

Andrew O’Rourke

Registered Building Surveyor, Assigned Certifier, i3pt certification

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.

Edel Murray

Edel Murray

Advisor Building Standards, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Edel Murray is an Advisor in the Housing/ Building Standards Division of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

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She leads on regulations and standards related to Part L and Part F of the Buildings Regulations for Buildings other than Dwellings, and supports the implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. She is a Registered Architect with experience in architecture design and construction across a range of sectors.

Emmanuel Bourdin

Emmanuel Bourdin

Adviser Building Standards, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Emmanuel has recently joined Sean Armstrong’s team in the Building Standards Section of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

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He works on TGD L – Dwellings and TGD F, bringing in 20 years’ experience in the manufacturing and distribution industries of energy management construction products. Emmanuel holds a Degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Applied Physics.

Talbot Hotel (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)

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