A one-day conference

Talbot Hotel (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)

Date: 22nd November 2017

Sponsored by:

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Minister for housing Eoghan Murphy has requested that all local authorities urgently review multi-storey social housing units to ensure that early warning systems, including alarm and detection systems and means of escape including corridors, stairways and emergency exits are fully functional and in place.

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6 Structured CPD Points

This conference will explore what exactly needs to be done to bring Irelands Apartment and flat complexes up to standard to avoid future tragedy; 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.

Who should attend?

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


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


Grenfell Tower Fire, London – Lessons Learned & what went wrong?
Speaker: Kevin Hollingsworth, Managing Director, Omega Surveying

  • What cladding was used? Why had it such catastrophic affects and how can this be avoided in the future?
  • What other buildings in Ireland have this type of cladding and what should be done to protect residents and building users?

Priory Hall

  • Key details of why residents were evacuated and how the issues where overcome
  • What other buildings in Ireland are a question of concern?

Local Authorities – Building Control Inspections

  • What needs to be done?
  • What resources are needed?
  • What needs to be in place for the future to make inspections mandatory and scheduled rather than a response to tragedy

Does High Rise Mean High Risk for Occupants and Fire Fighters?


Fire Safety Compliance with Building Regulations
Speaker: Conall Finn, Chief Operations Officer, i3PT

  • What key areas do most buildings fall down on? Lessons Learned
  • 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


Construction Materials & Fire Safety
Speaker: Dr. Tom Woolley  (Professor)

  • Why Insulation materials have come under a spotlight as a result of Grenfell
  • How the definition of limited combustibility is no longer useful
  • Why synthetic foam and fibre insulation materials have health and pollution problems
  • Alternative non-combustible solutions
  • Case study on a building using alternative materials in Dublin 


Coffee break and chance to network


The Practicalities & Challenges of carrying out extensive fire safety remedial works in Multi Unit Developments
Speaker: John McKone, Chartered Surveyor, Wyse Property Management

  • Advising the Board of the OMC on Fire Safety
  • 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
  • Levies and financing
  • Organising access to all apartments
  • Remedial works
  • Completion and certification of project


Fire Safety Risk Assessment
Speaker: Paddy McDonnell Dir., Fire Safety Consultant., PIIE (Corporate)., Phoenix STS Ltd

  • Why carry out a fire safety risk assessments?
  • What are the different types of fire safety risk assessment?
  • Common misconceptions about fire safety risk assessments – key areas most fire safety risk assessments fail on?
  • What resources will you need?
  • What to look out for when completing a fire safety risk assessment.
  • Factors influencing the likelihood of a fire – structural, management, services.


Lunch and chance to network


Evacuation Strategies – Problems and Solutions Explained
Speaker: Alan Oliver, Business Development & Compliance Manager, Tag Evac

  • The different evacuation strategies explained
  • How strategies need to be tailored to an individual building
  • Why they sometimes fail with tragic consequences – case study examples
  • Case studies – Solutions discussed
  • Effective testing and evaluation


Fire detection and Emergency Lighting systems
Speaker: Joe Rooney, Managing Director of Proteus Consulting Engineers

  • Explanation of the requirement of IS 3217 – Emergency Lighting
  • Explanation of the requirement of IS 3218 – Fire Alarm
  • Common downfalls in systems installed during the boom
  • What’s new to the market revolutionising detection systems of the future


Common pitfalls in design and management
Speaker: Sean Coleman, Chief Risk Officer, I3pt

  • 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


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.

Sean ColemanSean Coleman

Chief Risk Officer, I3pt

Sean Coleman is the owner of Coleman Risk consulting.

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Sean has more than 35 years’ experience as a Risk Management Practitioner with experience across a very broad range of organisations and disciplines. He has worked with a number of Insurers and was Risk Consulting Practice Leader for Marsh in Ireland up until 2012. Sean has worked with a diverse range of clients (From Online Gaming to Government Enforcement Agencies) in the implementation of Risk Management systems.

John McKoneJohn McKone

Chartered Surveyor, Wyse Property Management

John McKone is a Chartered Surveyor and Senior Property Manager at Wyse.

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He has 20 years experience in the management of Multi Unit Developments and the many problems associated with this sector. He was a member of the IPFMA Residential Sub-Committee which had a key role in the introduction of the Multi Unit Developments Act 2011 following representations to the Department of Justice, Office of Corporate Enforcement, PSRA and other public bodies. He also served on the National Consumer Agency Forum on MUDs and is a member of the SCSI Residential Sub-Committee.

Conall Finn

Conall Finn

Chief Operations 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.

Alan Oliver

Alan Oliver

Business Development & Compliance Manager, Tag Evac

Alan Oliver has been involved in fire protection for more than 35 years, having joined Pilkington Insulations in 1981 as a regional manager in their fire protection division.

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In 1991 Alan established a Southern UK operation for the then newly formed passive fire protection installer Checkmate Fire and worked for 26 years on numerous new build projects including The Channel Tunnel, The Millennium Dome and Eurostar St Pancras, whilst also actively involved in surveys and remedial work in hospitals, universities and other occupied buildings where life safety and business continuity is paramount. He was Managing Director of Checkmate between 2007 and 2013 and has recently left the company to join emergency evacuation systems company, TagEvac, as their Business Development and Compliance Manager. Alan has championed the cause of fire compliant buildings for many years to ensure that the evacuation strategy, when called upon, will actually work.

Tom Wooley

Tom Wooley


Tom Woolley B.Arch, PhD is an architect and environmental researcher living in County Down, Northern Ireland.

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He is internationally known for his work on sustainable architecture and construction. He was Professor of Architecture at Queens University Belfast from 1991 to 2007.

Tom Woolley has published widely on construction, planning, housing, green architecture and healthy buildings, including the Green Building Handbook, Natural Building, Hemp and Lime Construction and Low Impact Building. His latest book, published by Routledge, is Building Materials, Health and Indoor Air Quality. Tom has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops around the world including Canada, South Africa, Malaysia, Holland, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Poland.

Joe Rooney

Joe Rooney

Managing Director of Proteus Consulting Engineers

Joe Rooney, B.E., C. Eng., MIEI, C.Dip.A.F., managing director of Proteus Consulting Engineers, has over 25 years experience in the design, specification and supervision of mechanical and electrical services for buildings.

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Prior to forming his own company, he was a director with RN Murphy, consulting engineers. Projects that Joe was responsible for included office blocks, hotels, shopping centres, underground car parks, etc.

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.


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/

Vision Radio Fire

Vision Radio Fire

VRF is Ireland’s leading supplier of wireless and hybrid fire detection solutions, ranging from temporary coverage on building sites to protecting sensitive heritage projects. We deliver fully wireless, hybrid conventional and hybrid addressable radio based solutions.

From single panel systems, to multi panel networks with 1000+ devices. Our solutions and products are designed to comply with and in many cases exceed I.S. 3218 (2013) and EN54 – part 25.


Kingspan Insulated Panels

Kingspan Insulated Panels are pleased to be sponsoring the Fire Safety In Multi-Storey Buildings, Apartments & Flat Complexes conference.

Fire safety is at the heart of our philosophy, we are dedicated to designing and manufacturing building solutions that not only deliver superior construction efficiencies and lifetime performance, but are underpinned by extensive system fire testing and proven fire performance in real fire case studies. We maintain that buildings should be constructed to protect life above all else.

To learn more about large-scale system testing and our insurer tested and approved systems please visit our dedicated Fire Safety information area of our website: www.kingspan.ie/panels-fire-safety or contact our Technical support team today: fireinfo@kingspan.com

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II Systems Ltd

II systems Ltd have been supplying intumescent fire sealing products to the construction industry for over 30 years now. As a result, our intumescent products have been fitted to many of Ireland’s leading projects over this time including; Financial Services Centre, Old Courthouse Kilmainham, Neptune, Leona, Charlotte & Abbott Apartment Complexes Dun Laoghaire and remedial work in Priory Hall to name but a few. We look forward to you visiting our trade stand.

To find out more, call +353 1 4783316, or email us at  info@iislceltic.ie

Talbot Hotel (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)

Early Bird (2) €395+vat, Normal rate €465+vat

CMG Events Conference Discount

  • 15% 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

   Telephone:+353 1 2933650

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