About

ASHRAE – A Global Society

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. ASHRAE was formed as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers by the merger in 1959 of American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) founded in 1894 and The American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASHRAE) founded in 1904.

The goal of ASHRAE is to advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

ASHRAE Ireland Chapter

The objectives of the Irish Chapter are exclusively scientific and educational and include, but are not limited to:

  • the advancement of the sciences of heating, refrigerating and air-conditioning engineering and related sciences
  • the continuing education of the members and other interested persons in said sciences, through lectures, demonstrations, and publications
  • the rendering of career guidance and financial assistance to students of the sciences
  • the encouragement of scientific research
  • the promotion of sustainability in the Irish built environment sector

In fulfilling those objectives ASHRAE Ireland is committed in cultivating collaborations with pertinent local associations and state bodies and supporting the Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology in the delivery and development of courses and programmes in the sciences of heating, refrigerating and air-conditioning engineering and related sciences.

Current ASHRAE Ireland Board (2019-20)

Board Members

  • Michael DawkinsLead Mechanical Engineer, RPSPresident
  • Pat McEnroy, Tandem Project Management – Treasurer;
  • Daniel CoakleyHVACS Research Engineer, Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre Europe (MERCE-UK) – Secretary / President-Elect;
  • Frank Caul, Sirus Group, Past President (2017-18)
  • Donal Finn, Lecturer, UCDPast President (2018-19)

Committee Chairs

  • Donal Finn, Lecturer, UCD – Nominating Committee.
  • Frank Caul, Sirus Group, Membership Promotion Chair;
  • Pat McEnroy, Tandem Project Management – Chapter Technology Transfer (CTT);
  • Martin O’Brien, Cork Institute of TechnologyStudent Activities Chair;
  • Ken GoodmanJacobs Engineering, Grassroots/Advocacy Chair;
  • Conor Deane, IRUSE Group, National University of Ireland GalwayYoung Engineers ASHRAE (YEA) Co-Chair;
  • Yong Li – Young Engineers ASHRAE (YEA) Co-Chair
  • Daniel CoakleyMitsubishi Electric R&D Centre Europe (MERCE-UK) – Electronic Communications & Research Promotion (RP);
  • Seamus Kerr – Irish Refrigeration InstituteRefrigeration Committee Chair.

Members at Large

  • Hugh O’Gorman, Johnson Controls
  • Ken GoodmanJacobs Engineering
  • Jamie Field, Sirus Group
  • John Gallagher, Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
  • Michael Geraghty, Entropic
  • Michele Cerretani, Sirius Group
  • Paul O’ Sullivan, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)
  • Mattia de Rosa, University College Dublin (UCD)
  • Domnick Ward, Crystal Air

 

Committee Roles Chair Vice-Chair
Chapter Technology Transfer** Events, Talks, DLs Pat McEnroy Daniel Coakley
Electronic Communications** PR, Website, Articles, Publications Daniel Coakley Pat McEnroy
Membership Promotion** Membership, Sponsors, Finance Frank Caul Pat McEnroy
Student Activities** Student Activities Martin O’Brien Donal Finn
Young Engineers ASHRAE (YEA)** Young Members Conor Deane Daniel Coakley
Grassroots Government Activities** CIBSE, EI, IBPSA, IGBC, IRI, SEAI Ken Goodman Frank Caul
Research Promotion**   Daniel Coakley Paul O’Sullivan
Nominating** Succession Planning Donal Finn Frank Caul
Refrigeration   Seamus Kerr Hugh O’Gorman
Honors and Award   Frank Caul Donal Finn
 

Board Member Bio’s

Michael Dawkins (President) is a Lead Mechanical Engineer at RPS Experience. Michael is a Chartered HVAC design engineer and manager. His particular interests include;-

Laboratory and cleanroom design solutions to the pharma and medical devices sector;

Energy reduction solutions and the application of best practice design and installation methods to existing buildings;

Specialties: Laboratory and cleanroom design and procurement, sustainable and energy-efficient design solutions, developer-led and design & build work.

Pat McEnroy (Treasurer) is a Lead Senior Building Services Engineer with TANDEM Project Management who has over 35 years’ experience operating collaboratively with the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, and Health sectors. Pat has primarily worked in consultancy and site-based roles with a focus on Building Services, HVAC, Utilities Design, Fire Protection and overall Project Management. With extensive experience in lead design roles, Pats expertise also spans the full project life cycle, from concept and feasibility studies, detailed design and tendering, through to onsite supervision during construction, commissioning and qualification. 

Pat initially graduated from Bolton Street College of Technology with a Diploma in Building Services Engineering and has subsequently obtained both a B.Eng (Hons) & MSc in Building Services Engineering from Glasgow Caledonian University. In addition he holds an MBA from the Open University in the UK.

Pats’ particular interests include:

  • Design and Management of projects safely to mitigate potential risks
  • Industry standards compliance
  • Energy efficiency design solutions and carbon reduction
  • Laboratory & cleanroom design solutions to the pharmaceutical and medical devices sector
  • Post-occupancy evaluation of completed projects
  • Energy performance Auditing of HVAC / Building Services operational installations
  • Use of emerging technologies including BIM, Augmented Reality and Drones

Daniel Coakley (Secretary) is a Senior research engineer at Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre Europe (MERCE-UK). His main focus is on developing solutions for improving resource efficiency in the built environment, with particular emphasis on heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems (HVACS). In his current role, Daniel provides detailed guidance for the development of future sustainable energy systems for Europe, and the role of air-source heat-pumps (ASHP) and district heating and cooling (DHC) in grid decarbonisation.

His research interests include: automated fault detection and diagnosis in commercial air-handling units; leveraging ICT for water and energy conservation; building information modelling (BIM) and energy simulation; industrial energy management systems (EnMS) and maturity models; and simulation-enhanced predictive control for buildings and HVAC systems.

Daniel holds a B.E in Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Ireland Galway. He is a CIBSE Chartered Engineer (CEng) and an AEE Certified Energy Manager (CEM). Daniel has published 8 journal articles, 38 peer-reviewed conference papers and 2 magazine articles (FM World and Engineers Ireland journal). He has also acted as a reviewer for a number of journals including: Applied Energy, Automation in Construction, Building Simulation, Buildings, Energies, Energy and Buildings, Energy Efficiency, Journal of Building Performance Simulation, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Daniel is the current secretary of ASHRAE Ireland Chapter, and an adjunct lecturer at NUI Galway.

Previous ASHRAE Ireland Board (2018-19)

  • Board Members: Donal Finn, Lecturer, UCD – President; Michael DawkinsLead Mechanical Engineer, RPS – Treasurer; Daniel CoakleyHVACS Research Engineer, Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre Europe (MERCE-UK) – Secretary;
  • Committee Chairs: Frank Caul, Sirus Group, Past President & Membership Chair; Ken GoodmanJacobs Engineering, Grassroots/Advocacy Chair; Georgia-Mai McGrathPM Group, Young Engineers ASHRAE Chair; Adam O’ DonovanCork Institute of Technology (CIT), Student Activities Chair;
  • Members at Large: Michele Cerretani, Sirius Group; Jamie Field, Sirus Group; John Gallagher, Trinity College Dublin (TCD); Pat McEnroy, TANDEM Project Management; Hugh O’Gorman, Johnson Controls; Paul O’ Sullivan, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT); Mattia de Rosa, University College Dublin (UCD); Domnick Ward, Crystal Air

Previous ASHRAE Ireland Board (2017-18)

  • Board Members: Donal Finn, Lecturer, UCD – President; Michael DawkinsLead Mechanical Engineer, RPS – Treasurer; Daniel CoakleyHVACS Research Engineer, Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre Europe (MERCE-UK) – Secretary;
  • Committee Chairs: Frank Caul, Sirus Group, Past President & Membership Chair; Ken GoodmanJacobs Engineering, Grassroots/Advocacy Chair; Georgia-Mai McGrathPM Group, Young Engineers ASHRAE Chair; Adam O’ DonovanCork Institute of Technology (CIT), Student Activities Chair;
  • Members at Large: Michele Cerretani, Sirius Group; Jamie Field, Sirus Group; John Gallagher, Trinity College Dublin (TCD); Pat McEnroy, TANDEM Project ManagementHugh O’Gorman, Johnson Controls; Paul O’ Sullivan, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT); Mattia de Rosa, University College Dublin (UCD); Domnick Ward, Crystal Air

Previous ASHRAE Ireland Board (2016-17)

  • Board Members: Simeon Oxizidis, Senior Researcher, IERC – Vice-president; Donal Finn, Lecturer, UCD – Vice-President; Michael DawkinsLead Mechanical Engineer, RPS – Treasurer; Daniel CoakleyHVACS Research Engineer, Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre Europe (MERCE-UK) – Secretary;
  • Committee Chairs: Frank Caul, Sirus Group, Past President & Membership Chair; Ken GoodmanJacobs Engineering, Grassroots/Advocacy Chair; Georgia-Mai McGrathPM Group, Young Engineers ASHRAE Chair; Adam O’ DonovanCork Institute of Technology (CIT), Student Activities Chair;
  • Members at Large: Michele Cerretani, Sirius Group;Pat McEnroy, TANDEM Project Management; Hugh O’Gorman, Johnson Controls; Paul O’ Sullivan, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT); Domnick Ward, Crystal Air

Previous ASHRAE Ireland Board (2015-16)