Past Events

  • ASHRAE Ireland BoG Meeting

    2nd June 2020 @ 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm
    Sirus, Unit 5 Centrepoint Marina Commercial Park, Centre Park Rd, Ballintemple, Cork, T12 H7DV, Ireland

    ASHRAE Ireland Chapter Board of Governor (BoG) meeting. 

    To volunteer, please contact secretary@ashrae-ireland.org

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  • Webinar: Airflow Patterns And Flow Path of Airborne Particulates

    11th June 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    https://masterseries.events/product/airflow-patterns-and-flow-path/

    Airflow Patterns And Flow Path of Airborne Particulates

    Free Webinar June 11, 2020
    12:00 PM EDT

    Register Here: https://masterseries.events/product/airflow-patterns-and-flow-path/

    This FREE Master Class is brought to you by TIPS: The Infection Prevention Strategy

    Hospital-acquired infections has been persistent in hospitals and airborne transmission plays a role in many nosocomial infections. Air is the primary carrier of heat, moisture, contaminants, and airborne contaminants in health care facilities such as patient rooms, isolation rooms, and operating rooms. Therefore the flow path of supply air plays an important role in determining the flow path of airborne pathogens in these spaces. The airflow distribution also determines the thermal comfort of occupants, indoor air quality, distribution of surface contamination, and potential for transmission of airborne pathogens in a room. The airflow patterns, temperature distribution, and concentration of contaminants including the flow path of airborne pathogens in a patient room can depend on several inter-related factors including the location and type of supply diffusers, supply air flow rates (air change rates) and associated diffuser throws, supply air temperature, size and locations of room return, bathroom exhaust flow rates, locations and strengths of various heat sources in a room, arrangement of furniture and other obstructions to airflow, and importantly relative location of a patient in the room. In addition, orientation of the room can determine the solar sensible heat loads in the room. Several studies indicate that the design of a ventilation system and the resulting airflow patterns play a more important role in controlling the flow path of contaminants than just the supply airflow rate or air changes per hour (ACH) alone. This case study evaluates the impact of supply and return locations on the airflow patterns and temperature distribution along with the resulting thermal comfort of occupants, and probable flow path of airborne pathogens in a typical patient room using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations. These analyses indicate the linear diffusers combined with high supply air flow rates (high air change rates) can cause strong recirculation and entrainment (induction) flows in the room. Depending on the location of the return grille, the airborne particles released from the patient’s face can get entrained back into the supply air stream and can eventually spread into the entire room. However, this study indicates placement of a return grille right behind the linear supply diffuser over the patient’s head can potentially provide a ready flow path to airborne particles to exit out of the room without significant recirculation and entrainment back into the supply air stream. This study demonstrates that the supply air flow paths, induced air flow paths, and exhaust grille placement can work collaboratively to establish protective and effective contaminant control. The presentation with the help of insightful airflow animations will show the movement of airborne particles in a patient room and will demonstrate the important of locations supply and exhaust grills. This presentation will provide valuable insights to healthcare facilities managers, owners and design engineers in designing the HVAC systems for patient rooms.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Review airflow patterns in a hospital patient room
    2. Evaluate the impact of airflow patterns on the thermal comfort and probable flow path of airborne pathogens in a patient room
    3. Evaluate the impact of locations of supply and return in a patient room on the probable flow path of airborne pathogens
    4. Understand of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) be employed in the design and optimization of a resilient patient room

    This Master Class does not provide educational credits.

    SPEAKERS

    Kishor Khankari, Ph.D.

    Dr. Khankari provides engineering solutions and insights through Physics based simulation and CFD analysis. Kishor has several years of experience in providing CFD consulting services which lead to optimized solutions to a wide variety of engineering problems involving fluid flow, heat transfer, mass transfer, and other similar engineering processes. He provided consulting services to reputed firms including Yahoo!, Facebook, Dell, Ford, GM, York International, GE, Pratt & Whitney, Cummins, Delphi, Cargill, Ralston Purina, Warner Lambert, Lockheed Martin.

    Dr. Khankari has developed a patented technology of a wind band design of exhaust fan assembly systems. He has developed several easy-to-use analytical software tools, which are regularly used by design engineers in a variety companies including those in the critical facility and automotive industries.
    A noted expert in CFD, he has been regularly publishing in several technical journals and trade magazines. Dr. Kishor Khankari is ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer and recipient of the ASHRAE Distinguished and Exceptional Service Awards.

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  • COVID-19 Mini-Series Part 1: “A Data-driven COVID-19 Response Framework for Global Workplaces”

    18th June 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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    “A Data-drivenCOVID-19 Response Framework for Global Workplaces”

    This webinar will discuss the role of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) in a workplace re-entry protocol. After a brief introduction to the relationship between IEQ and infectious outcomes, the presentation will focus on changes to building operation that are normally in the scope of facility managers and mechanical engineers. We will discuss the measures in terms of intent and measurable outcomes. We will also discuss the difference between existing IEQ practices and new recommendations from professional bodies. This discussion will be supplemented with examples from ongoing measurements across the UK and USA.

    About the Speaker: Dr. Parag Rastogi is a lead building scientist at arbnco, with a background in civil engineering. He comes to arbnco after a stint at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland) as a doctoral researcher, and a research fellow at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project, Japan. At arbnco he leads research and development efforts to incorporate cutting-edge research into the health, wellbeing, and climate products. His work touches upon health and wellbeing in buildings, integrating climate risk analysis into building performance evaluation and planning, and the use of machine learning and data science in software and hardware for buildings. Parag is also a visiting instructor at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, and speaks regularly at technical conferences and events.


    Please register for Ireland Chapter - COVID-19 Technical 8-part Mini-Series 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM BST at:

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7176821764609799947

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  • COVID-19 Mini-Series Part 2: "Addressing the challenges of COVID-19 in Building Services"

    2nd July 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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    Please register for Ireland Chapter - COVID-19 Technical 8-part Mini-Series 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM BST at:

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7176821764609799947

    This 8-part technical mini- series of technical webinars brings together a range of experts covering a breadth of topics in the context of COVID-19 and mitigation of spread of airborne infections in the built environment. Topics include: indoor air quality (IAQ), building monitoring, facility management, ventilation, filtration and air-cleaning. The webinars are free and open to all to attend. 

    This series is supported by CIBSE-ASHRAE Group (https://www.cibseashrae.org/) 

    Thu, Jun 18, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST 
    Title: "A Data-driven COVID-19 Response Framework for Global Workplaces" 
    Panelist: Dr. Parag Rastogi, Lead Building Physicist, Arbnco 
     Chair: Dr. Daniel Coakley, Secretary, ASHRAE Ireland 

    Thu, Jul 2, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST 
    Title: "Addressing the challenges of COVID-19 in Building Services" 
    Panelist: Michael Curran, Head of Building Services, NUI Galway, Chair of CIBSE Ireland 
     Chair(s): Conor Deane, YEA Chair, ASHRAE Ireland 

    Thu, Jul 16, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST
    Title: "ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force" 
    Panelist: Prof. Bill Bahnfleth 
    Chair: TBC 

    Thu, Jul 30, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST - TBC 
    Thu, Aug 13, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST - TBC 
    Thu, Aug 27, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST - TBC 
    Thu, Sep 10, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST - TBC 
    Thu, Sep 24, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST - TBC 

     
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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  • COVID-19 Mini-Series Part 3: “Managing HVAC Systems to Reduce Infectious Disease Transmission” - Prof. W. P. Bahnfleth

    16th July 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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    • Panelist: Prof. William P. Bahnfleth, Ph.D, P.E., Presidential / Fellow ASHRAE
    • Chair: Dr. Daniel Coakley, Secretary, ASHRAE Ireland
    • Date/Time: Thu, Jul 16, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST
    • Registration Link: https://bit.ly/2ZHFysz
    • Enquiries: secretary@ashrae-ireland.org 

    Managing our buildings to minimize the risk of infectious disease transmission is of paramount concern today. Every building and climate are different making it challenging to have one approach work in all situations. Prof. Bahnfleth of Pennsylvania State University provides a critical review of guidance published by ASHRAE and other built environment organizations and the relationship between them and scientists and health-focused organizations like WHO. Prof. Bahnfleth provides expert insight based on the best research for operations to help mitigate risks and what practices to avoid.

    About the Speaker: William P. Bahnfleth is a professor of architectural engineering at Penn State University and is a fellow of ASHRAE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ).His research interests cover a wide variety of indoor environmental control topics including chilled water pumping systems, stratified thermal energy storage, protection of building occupants from indoor bioaerosol releases, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation systems, and others. He is the author or co-author of more than 170 technical papers and articles and 14 books and book chapters. Professor Bahnfleth currently serves as chair of the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force.

     

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  • COVID-19 Mini-Series Part 4: “Human health and the impacts of buildings and HVAC Systems” - Dr. Stephanie Taylor, M.D., M. Arch, FRSPH(UK), CABE, ASHRAE D.L.

    30th July 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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    ASHRAE Ireland Chapter - COVID-19 Technical Mini-Series –Part 4: 

     “Humanhealth and the impacts of buildings and HVAC Systems” 

    Panelist: Dr. Stephanie Taylor, M.D., M. Arch, FRSPH(UK), CABE, ASHRAE D.L.

    Chair: Dr. Donal Finn, UCD, Dublin

    Date/Time: Thu, Jul 30, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST

    Registration Link: https://bit.ly/2ZHFysz

    Enquiries: secretary@ashrae-ireland.org 

    This seminar will focus on the role of buildings and HVAC systems in human health and wellbeing, especially in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Critically, the seminar addresses the importance of adequate indoor ventilation, appropriate environmental conditions and other factors which directly impact on occupant health and the risk of spread of infectious diseases. Furthermore, this seminar will cover recent scientific developments in the role of environmental conditions in the spread of infections, and how our knowledge about medicine and the human body can drive more effective design and operation of modern buildings.

     

    About the Speaker: Dr. Stephanie Taylor received her MD from Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts in 1984. For the next several decades, she practiced clinical medicine and did academic research in cellular growth mechanisms. After working as a physician for many decades, Dr. Taylor obtained a Masters in Architecture as well as Infection Control certification. Her lifelong commitment to patient care includes focusing on improving the healthcare physical environment and clinical work processes to help patients heal quickly and save hospitals money. Dr. Taylor is a graduate of Harvard Medical School (MD), and Norwich University (Masters Architecture). She has numerous research publications in Nature, Science, and other peer-reviewed journals.

     

     

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  • COVID-19 Mini-Series Part 5: “The Impact of the Outdoor Environment on Natural and Mechanical Ventilation Performance” - Dr. John Gallagher, Assistant Professor in Environmental Systems, Trinity College Dublin

    13th August 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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    ASHRAE Ireland Chapter - COVID-19 Technical Mini-Series – Part5

     “TheImpact of the Outdoor Environment on Natural and Mechanical VentilationPerformance”

    Panelist: Dr. John Gallagher, Assistant Professor in Environmental Systems, Trinity College Dublin

    Chair: Dr. Daniel Coakley, Secretary, ASHRAE Ireland

    Date/Time: Thu, Aug 13, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST

    Registration Link: https://bit.ly/2ZHFysz

    Enquiries: secretary@ashrae-ireland.org 

    This seminar focuses on outdoor environment and how it affects the performance of both natural and mechanical ventilation in buildings. With the increased recognition of SARS-CoV-2 transmission via aerosol droplets, natural and mechanical ventilation systems need to be harmonized to ensure that buildings (offices, schools, Universities, etc.) minimize the risk of transmission in enclosed spaces. The role of natural ventilation openings in particular is affected by outdoor environmental conditions over the course of a day or across the changing seasons. Therefore, how can we ensure air movements inside a building provides adequate ventilation?

    About the Speaker: Dr. John Gallagher is Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering in Trinity College Dublin and is a Principal Investigator in their specialist Air Pollution Research Group. His work over the past twelve years has focused on developing innovative passive air pollution control systems, adopting the 3M (Measurement, Modelling and Mitigation) approach to inform effective designs. His research is underpinned by a low-carbon and resource efficient agenda, aligning with the circular economy agenda and balancing technical, economic and environmental factors in the process. In 2018, he was runner-up in the Horizon Prize on Materials for Clean Air from the European Commission’s DG R&I. Currently, Dr Gallagher is currently involved in several National (e.g. SEAI) and European (e.g. H2020) projects on passive ventilation and environmental quality design solutions, and is working with national and international partners to improve air quality in the built environment.

     

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  • COVID Mini-Series Part 6: “Remobilisation of Workplace Environments: Air Quality Recommendations”

    27th August 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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    Panellist: Alan Sweeney, European Clean Process Segment Manager, Camfil

    Chair: Dr. Daniel Coakley, Secretary, ASHRAE Ireland

    Date/Time: Thu, Aug 27th , 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST

    Registration Link: https://bit.ly/2ZHFysz

    Enquiries: secretary@ashrae-ireland.org 

    This seminar will focus on the virosphere and risk groups for biological agents, transmission routes of microorganisms and how they behave in the air. It will look at PPE as source control, air filtration guidelines and current industry ventilation guidelines during the pandemic. The webinar will cover topics including: the relationship between air filtration efficiencies and particle sizes; air filter guidelines and air filter upgrade possibilities & recommendations in the current crisis situation; as well as an explanation and focus on how Absolute HEPA filtration can help. It will finish with some examples and a comparison of air cleaning technologies and some case studies of air cleaner deployment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

    About the Speaker: Alan currently leads Camfil Group’s European Clean Process division. In his role, Alan advances the position of efficient contained filtration, dust collection, and safety in dust handling for Clean Process applications. The position brings him into contact with a wide range of Pharmaceutical and process industry issues every day, which leads to a great industry cross-over of information and solutions.

    Alan has worked in air-filtration for over 30 years. He has helped many Pharma Clients world-wide over the Years in terms of offering the optimum choices in filtration terms. Alan is a Subject Matter Expert on a range of Air filtration topics and a frequent speaker and presenter globally at industry and educational events.

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  • ASHRAE Ireland Board of Governors Meeting

    8th September 2020 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
    Skype: ASHRAE Ireland

    To volunteer, please contact secretary@ashrae-ireland.org

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  • COVID-19 Mini-Series Part 7: “REHVA COVID-19 guidance for HVAC systems operation and reduction the spread of viral diseases in workplaces”

    10th September 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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    • Panellist: Prof. Jarek Kurnitski, Chair of REHVA Technology and Research Committee
    • Chair: Tony O’ Keeffe, CTTC Chair, ASHRAE Ireland Chapter
    • Date/Time: Thu, Sep 10th , 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST
    • Registration Link: https://bit.ly/2ZHFysz
    • Enquiries: secretary@ashrae-ireland.org 

    New evidence on SARS-CoV-2 airborne transmission has made ventilation measures the most important engineering controls in the infection control. While physical distancing is important to avoid a close contact, the risk of an aerosol concentration and cross-infection from 1.5 m onward from an infected person can be reduced with adequate ventilation and effective air distribution solutions. Three levels of guidance are discussed in the presentation: (1) how to operate HVAC and other building services in existing buildings right now during an epidemic; (2) how to conduct a risk assessment and assess the safety of different buildings and rooms; and (3) what would be more far-reaching actions to further reduce the spread of viral diseases in future in buildings with improved ventilation systems.

    Jarek Kurnitski is a Professor at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, and at Aalto University, Finland. As Chair of REHVA Technology and Research Committee he has been leading REHVA COVID-19 Task Force preparing European HVAC guidance for an epidemic situation. He is the leader of Estonian Center of Excellence in Research ZEBE, Zero Energy and Resource Efficient Smart Buildings and Districts. He is internationally known for the preparation of technical definitions for nearly zero energy buildings through many activities in REHVA Technology and Research Committee and contributions to European standards. He has been deeply involved in the work to improve the energy efficiency and indoor climate of the built environment in Estonia and Finland with major contribution in the development of energy calculation frames for present energy performance regulations

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  • Webinar: “Importance of Ventilation as an Engineering Control Mechanism in the fight against COVID 19” - B. Redington (HSE)

    24th September 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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    ASHRAEIreland Chapter: COVID-19 Technical Mini-Series – Part 8

    “Importance ofVentilation as an Engineering Control Mechanism in the fight against COVID 19”

    • Panellist: Mr. Brendan Redington, Estate Manager, HSE Corporate Estates
    • Chair: Michael Geraghty, President, ASHRAE Ireland Chapter
    • Date/Time: Thu, Sep 24th , 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BST

    Registration Link: https://bit.ly/2ZHFysz

    This presentation is a desk stop study review of recent guidance documents to highlight the importance of Ventilation as an Engineering Control Mechanism in the fight against COVID 19 and to examine the common ventilation related parameters referred to in numerous reports and guidance documents that influence its effectiveness. As the risk management hierarchy of controls shows engineering controls perform a vital part in reducing risk of infection to building occupants. Compliance with current public health national guidelines and standards is also required to keep the virus out of a facility in the first instance. By using proven methodologies and technologies to reduce the probability of exposure should assist in controlling the indoor healthcare environment and reducing risk. Some items of control include direct source capture using local exhaust ventilation, controlling airflow direction to prevent cross-contamination, dilution and removal of contaminated air via mechanical ventilation and air cleaning through HEPA filtration and ultraviolet germicidal irradiation are referred within the presentation.

                                                                                                                                                                                       About the Speaker: Mr. Redington has over 27 years of experience in the areas of engineering design, project management, and facilities management in the Healthcare Engineering Management Sector. Mr. Redington career has included engineering design of HVAC, Piping and Control systems; Project Management, Commissioning, Forensic engineering, project Dispute Resolution and Project Execution Management.  He has worked for many years mainly in the Healthcare Sector but also for several years with high-tech\industrial clients. He has worked as liaison between the design team and construction team for many years from a Quality & Standards compliance perspective. Mr. Redington sits on many Building Services Engineering Healthcare Standards committees both nationally at European level and internationally. He has developed many standards/guidance documents through NSAI, HSE, HPSC and co-authored several articles on aspects of Healthcare Engineering standards. Mr Redington holds the following qualifications.

     

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  • How Can Climate Change Impact Indoor Air Health?

    23rd October 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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    Dear Participants

    We are pleased to inform you that ASHRAE Rajasthan Chapter is organizing a virtual DL presentation on How Can Climate Change Impact Indoor Air Health? on Friday i.e. Oct 23, 2020, at 7:00 PM IST. 

    Please find the registration link below:

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4533061450178940431    

    It will be delivered by Mr. Henry H. Slack. He is Environmental Engineer (Retired) from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In this position, he offers expertise concerning indoor air to citizens or public agencies with questions on topics as diverse as mold, odors, ozone, carbon monoxide, air cleaners, ventilation systems, and secondhand tobacco smoke. 

    Details of the speaker and about the presentation are attached.

    Note: You can also register for the upcoming Friday, Oct 30 presentation on Solutions for Existing Buildings having Performance + IEQ Problems. 
    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5183048744055129103 

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    With Thanks &  Regards



    Shailendra Kasera
    ASHRAE Rajasthan Chapter

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  • ASHRAE Ireland Board of Governors Meeting

    28th October 2020 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
    Skype: ASHRAE Ireland

    To volunteer, please contact secretary@ashrae-ireland.org

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  • CIBSE Winter Webinar: Grenfell Tower Disaster

    18th November 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    https://lnkd.in/e2qaR7z

    Topic: Grenfell Tower Disaster

    Description: The Grenfell Tower disaster triggered a wide-ranging review of building and fire engineering safety around the world. How could such a devastating blaze happen? Could it happen again and what are the lessons learnt from this disaster?
    Join us in conversation with Hywel Davies, Technical Director of CIBSE, who has been closely involved in the industry response to the Grenfell Tower disaster. He is also involved in the UK government review of building regulations and fire safety
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    Register: https://lnkd.in/e2qaR7z

    Nov 18, 2020 01:00 PM in Dublin

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  • “Evolving HVAC Guidance for Airborne Infection Control – Current Status and Future Directions” - Prof. W. P. Bahnfleth

    4th February 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2424584080422358542

    Panelist: Prof. William P. Bahnfleth, Ph.D, P.E., Presidential / Fellow ASHRAE
    Chair: Dr. Daniel Coakley, Secretary, ASHRAE Ireland 
    Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2424584080422358542 
    Enquiries: secretary@ashrae-ireland.org 

    Description: Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, ASHRAE and the Epidemic Task Force (ETF) has been at the forefront of industry in providing technical guidance for the management of HVAC systems for airborne infection control. Over the past year, our understanding of viral transmission has evolved, and with it, the guidance for HVAC is changing also. ASHRAE Ireland Chapter are delighted to welcome back Prof. Bill Bahnfleth to provide an overview of current ASHRAE guidance, and compare how it relates to CIBSE, REHVA, AIVC and others. The seminar will also look towards future directions, and where further developments are required, such as the need to consider characteristics of varying pathogens. 

    About the Speaker: William P. Bahnfleth is a professor of architectural engineering at Penn State University and is a fellow of ASHRAE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ). His research interests cover a wide variety of indoor environmental control topics including chilled water pumping systems, stratified thermal energy storage, protection of building occupants from indoor bioaerosol releases, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation systems, and others. He is the author or co-author of more than 170 technical papers and articles and 14 books and book chapters. Professor Bahnfleth currently serves as chair of the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force.

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  • Ongoing Management of COVID: The operation of HVAC and UV systems

    9th February 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

    For details, go here:
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ongoing-management-of-covid-the-operation-of-hvac-and-uv-systems-tickets-138401983057

    Date/Time: Tuesday 9 February 2021, 17:30 GMT

    HVAC Systems Group invites members and relevant special interest groups to this event on the ongoing management of Covid.

    This event will look at the latest science on transmission of the SARS-Cov-2 in buildings, together with emerging experience of how to configure and operate building services systems to reduce risk of infection. Winter conditions have led to considerable challenges around operating buildings in a safe way, and there is still uncertainty about how best to manage these risks. Topics covered will include the importance of ventilation, the role of humidity, the operation of HVAC and UV systems, and best management practices.

    Speakers will include Chris Iddon on the tranmission pathways and relative exposure risk, Prof. Clive Beggs will present a novel psychrometric model for assessing the survival of SARS-CoV-2 in aerosols, with a particular focus on the role that air temperature and humidity play in the survival of the virus, David Black of FlaktGroup will clarify the risks associated with air handling units, Harry Williams of AECOM will discuss new and alternative technologies available to mitigate tranmission risks, while Sean Webber of Savills will give a case study of a commercial property adapted to managing occupier safety.

    Register now: Ongoing Management of COVID: The operation of HVAC and UV systems Tickets, Tue 9 Feb 2021 at 17:30 | Eventbrite

    Kind regards
    CIBSE HVAC Systems Group

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  • ASHRAE Ireland Chapter - Technical Seminar - Advanced Room Air DistributionStrategies for Effective Airborne Infection Control

    25th March 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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    ASHRAE Ireland Chapter - Technical Seminar

    Panelist: Prof. ChandraSekhar, ASHRAE Fellow, Dept. of Building, National University of Singapore(NUS)

    Chair: Donal Finn, ASHRAEIreland Past President 2018-2019

    Date/Time: Thursday, March25th, 2021 (1:00 - 2:00 PM GMT)

    Registration Link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/62344921835831568

    Enquiries: secretary@ashrae-ireland.org  

    Advanced Room Air DistributionStrategies for Effective Airborne Infection Control

    In the contextof airborne infection control, it is critical that the ventilation system isable to extract the contaminated exhaled air within the shortest possibletime.  In order to minimise the spread ofcontaminated air exhaled by occupants efficiently, a novel PersonalizedVentilation (PV) - Personalized Exhaust (PE) system is developed, which aims toexhaust the exhaled air as much as possible from around the infectedperson.  The PV-PE system was studiedexperimentally for a particular healthcare setting, based on a typicalconsultation room geometry and four different medical consultation positions ofan infected person and a healthy person. The findings are encouraging, and the PV-PE system is envisaged to helpin the ventilation design of consultation rooms in healthcare centres andhospitals. The system can also be applied in any open area with the presence ofan infected person to obtain better infection control as well as enhanced IAQ.

    About the Speaker: Chandra Sekhar is a tenured Professor in theDepartment of Building at the National University of Singapore and is a Fellowof ASHRAE and ISIAQ. His research interests include thermal comfort,ventilation/IAQ, energy and HVAC systems. He has more than 275 publications ininternational journals and conferences and has delivered several Keynote talks.He is a co-inventor and holds 3 US and other patents.  He has been an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturersince 2006 and is regularly invited to speak worldwide. He has been recognisedthrough awards from ASHRAE, SHASE, ASEAN and Singapore. He is currently aDirector-At-Large on the ASHRAE Board of Directors.  He is active in Standards and Technicalcommittees in ASHRAE and in Singapore.

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  • ASHRAE Ireland Technical Seminar - COVID 19 Update REHVA

    29th April 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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    ASHRAE Ireland Technical Seminar - COVID 19 Update REHVA


    April 29th 2021         
    Speaker: Jarek Kurnitski                   
    Topic: COVID 19 Update REHVA
    Location: Goto Webinar, register here

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  • ASHRAE Ireland Technical Seminar: Big, Smart, and Everything: Data, Technology, Buildings, Cities, and the IoT

    13th May 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    ASHRAE Ireland Technical Seminar: Big, Smart, and Everything: Data, Technology, Buildings, Cities, and the IoT


    May 13th 2021    
    Speaker: Dru Crawley      
    Topic: Big, Smart, and Everything: Data, Technology, Buildings, Cities, and the IoT
    Location: Goto Webinar, register here
    Details to follow

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  • ASHRAE Ireland: Can a Low-Cost Air Quality Monitor Offer Near-Reference level Data?

    27th May 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    ASHRAE Ireland Chapter - Technical Seminar

     “Can a Low-Cost Air Quality Monitor Offer Near-Reference level Data?   ”

    Panelist: Bruno Beloff Co Founder, South Coast Science

    Chair: Dr. Daniel Coakley, Secretary, ASHRAE Ireland

    Date/Time: Thursday, May 27th, 2021 (1:00 - 2:00 PM BST)

    Registration Link:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqcuusqzMrGtwpR9H-YpKbRuH_saVztxMg 

    Enquiries: secretary@ashrae-ireland.org

    Most countries around the world rely on government reference stations to monitor background air quality. Whilst very accurate, they are also very expensive and are normally fixed in position. In recent years, as more has become known about air quality, we have leant that not only does it vary from street to street but also within the street itself. This highlights one of the inadequacies of reference systems which is the very low spacial resolution of data. This has fuelled the so-called ‘low-cost’ ambient air quality sector and has propelled the development of smaller, portable systems. The development of an ambient monitor offering near-reference level performance has become one companies obsession.

    About the Speaker:

    Bruno Beloff graduated in 1985 with MA in theoretical linguistics and artificial intelligence, then promptly accepted a job as an electronic engineer. A recurring goal in his life is to help bridge the gap between commercial IT developments and the needs of academic researchers.

    Bruno has been working on air quality monitoring since 2013. In 2016, he co-founded South Coast Science Limited, whose primary focus is to offer a common digital front-end for electrochemical sensors and particulate monitors, together with an open infrastructure for air quality data.

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  • ASHRAE Ireland Technical Seminar: The European Approach to Decrease Energy Consumption in Buildings (EPBD)

    3rd June 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    ASHRAE Ireland Technical Seminar: The European Approach to Decrease Energy Consumption in Buildings (EPBD)


    June 3rd 2021
    Speaker: Bjarne Olesen         
    Topic: The European Approach to Decrease Energy Consumption in Buildings (EPBD)
    Location: Goto Webinar, register here

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  • Joint ASHRAE Ireland Chapter & IRI - Technical Seminar “F-Gas Regulations Update 2021: Where are we now? What happens next?”

    24th June 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Joint ASHRAE Ireland Chapter & IRI - Technical Seminar

     “F-Gas Regulations Update 2021: Where are we now? What happens next?”

    Panelist: Seamus Kerr MIRI, IRI Past President 2019-2020, Technical Director RSL Ireland & UK

    Chair: Donal Finn, ASHRAE Ireland Past President 2018-2019

    Date/Time: Thursday, June 24th, 2021 (1:00 - 2:00 PM BST)

    Registration Link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4472521245217673488  

    Enquiries: secretary@ashrae-ireland.org  


    The 2014 F-Gas Regulations are concerned with phasing out higher global-warming HFC refrigerants and phasing down all other HFC refrigerants across the EU.  The Regulations came into effect on 1 January 2015.  Among the many restrictions are bans on the use of certain refrigerants in multipack centralised commercial (i.e. retail) refrigeration systems with a cooling capacity greater than 40 kW.  The ban of refrigerants of GWP>2,500 has already been in effect since 1 January 2020, and there is a further ban on refrigerants of GWP>150 due to come in to effect from 1 January 2022.  Other restrictions affect the quantity of new HFCs that can be placed on the market and the use of reclaimed and recycled refrigerants for service and maintenance. For the webinar, there will be two presenters: Seamus Kerr of the IRI will present an overview of the Regulations and will outline where we are at present from a refrigeration industry perspective.  Eoin Riordan, Technical Advisor, Environmental Advisory Unit, will present the legislative perspective and will report on compliance and enforcement issues and what the future might hold for F-Gas refrigerants.

    About the Speaker: Seamus Kerr has over 30 years experience in the refrigeration industry, specialising in industrial and large commercial refrigeration systems. Seamus is the Technical Sales Director of RSL Ireland and RSL UK. He is a past president of The Institute of Refrigeration Ireland and is the chair of the refrigeration sector of ASHRAE Ireland. He is a former council member and executive council member of Engineers Ireland. Seamus graduated from UCD, Ireland with an engineering and masters degree. Seamus is the chairman of the Sustainable Innovation Working Group in AREA, the European refrigeration industry representative body.

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  • ASHRAE Ireland Chapter - Technical Seminar “Why building industry professionals should learn to code!”

    10th August 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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    ASHRAE Ireland Chapter - Technical Seminar

     Why building industry professionals should learn to code!

    Panelist: Dr. Clayton Miller, Asst. Professor, National University of Singapore (NUS)

    Chair: Daniel Coakley, ASHRAE Ireland President 2021-2022

    Date/Time: Tuesday, August 10th 2021 (1:00 - 2:00 PM BST)

    Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1926334892851853070 

    Enquiries: secretary@ashrae-ireland.org 

    The building industry is exploding with data sources that impact the energy performance of the built environment and health and well-being of occupants. Spreadsheets just don’t cut it anymore as the sole analytics tool for professionals in this field. This seminar focuses on outlining the process of acquiring data science skills for building performance analysts with little or no previous programming experience. An introduction to data science skills will be given in the context of built environment professions. The seminar will provide numerous learning paths for various built environment-related tasks and help motivate participants to dive in!

    About the Speaker: 
    Dr. Clayton Miller is an Asst. Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in the Building and Urban Data Science (BUDS) Lab. His group focused on leveraging data sources from the built and urban environments to improve the energy efficiency and conservation, comfort, safety, and satisfaction of humans. Dr. Miller is also the Co-Leader of Theme D - Data Analytics at the UC Berkeley SinBerBEST2 Lab and the Co-Leader of Subtask 4 of the IEA Annex 79 Occupant-Centric Building Design and Operation. He holds a Doctor of Sciences (Dr. sc. ETH Zurich) from the ETH Zürich, an MSc. (Building) from the National University of Singapore (NUS), and a BSc./Masters of Architectural Engineering (MAE) from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL). He is the former CTO of Optiras Pte. Ltd, a Singapore NRF-funded start-up, a former Fulbright Scholar to Singapore at NUS, and a Walter Scott Jr. Scholar at UNL.

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  • APPROACHING ZERO, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS?

    26th August 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    APPROACHING ZERO, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS?

    Date/Time: Thursday, August 26, 2021 @ 1:00-2:30pm ET (12 CT /11 MT /10 PT)

    Host: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

    Speakers: Tom Phoenix, ASHRAE; Kim Cheslak, NBI; Anica Landreneau, HOK

    Description:  There's a convergence taking place between building energy codes, above-code programs, and zero energy. In this session, we'll take a look at where things stand and where they'll need to head via future updates. Representatives from ASHRAE, AIA, and NBI will share their perspective on where the market is heading next for commercial buildings, what it's taken to get here, and whether zero will become mainstream.

    Link: https://www.energycodes.gov/2021-summer-seminar-series

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  • Building up to a digital evolution

    2nd September 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Building up to a digital evolution

    Thursday 2 September, 13:00 BST

    Digitalization in building systems is a big issue. But what does the evolution of digital technology mean for building services professionals and how will these developments really benefit the industry?

    This CPD accredited webinar will demystify this area and show how embracing new technologies can positively impact optimisation whilst decreasing lifecycle costs.

    It will further demonstrate that the integration of older, more established technologies with a combination of digital solutions, including digital manufacturing; BIM; and digital supply and information services, can deliver benefits that were previously practically unattainable.

    Key takeaways from the webinar will be:

    • An introduction to digital applications in the built environment
    • An explanation of the four pillars of digitalization
    • Examples of digital product selection
    • A comparison of cloud vs traditional methods
    • Demonstration of how today’s generation of digital solutions add value

    Building up to a digital evolution – CIBSE Journal

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  • ASHRAE Ireland Webinar - ASHRAE President Address: Personal Growth. Global Impact. Feed the Roots.

    22nd September 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Speaker: Mick Schwedler, PE, FASHRAE, ASHRAE 2021-22 President

    Description:  Who are the people that invested in you, encouraged you and helped you grow? Who will you give back to and invest in? “Personal Growth. Global Impact. Feed the Roots.” explores ASHRAE’s expansive root system from the Society’s founding to its extraordinary global growth and impact to the built environment. Three sets of roots were established to help members grow – member-to-member connections, grassroots chapters and regions, and technology. The presentation examines how ASHRAE cultivates these deep, widespread, and strong roots to collectively provide global benefits today as well as for future generations.  

    Bio: Mick has been active in the development and support of HVAC systems for Trane since 1982. As an applications engineer his areas of expertise include system optimization (in which he holds patents) as well as chilled water and water source heat pump system design. His primary activities include assisting designers in proper application of products and systems in buildings, and writing system application manuals and newsletters. In addition, he has presented technical information to tens of thousands of engineers through Trane’s Engineers Newsletter Live series, and ASHRAE webcasts. Mick has given technical seminars throughout North America, as well as in the Far East and South America, and published articles within the industry. Prior to his work with Trane, Mick received his MSME from the University of Wisconsin Solar Energy Laboratory and BSME from Northwestern University. 

    Mick serves as 2021-2022 ASHRAE President. He is an ASHRAE Fellow, recipient of ASHRAE’s Exceptional Service, Distinguished Service, and Standards Achievement Awards, and was Chair of SSPC 90.1-2010. Mick also served as Chair of the Advanced Energy Design Guide Steering Committee and was on project committees for the 50% Hospital and Office Buildings AEDGs. Mick chaired the USGBC LEED Technical Committee, served on the LEED Steering Committee and is a past member of several USGBC technical and education groups. He also authored portions of the original ASHRAE Green Building Guide, and served on technical groups for the New Buildings Institute.

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  • ASHRAE Ireland HVAC Training Level I

    11th October 2021 @ 11:30 am - 15th October 2021 @ 3:30 pm

    HVAC Design: Level I – Essentials | 11-15 October 2021

    HVAC Design: Level I – Essentials

    ASHRAE’s HVAC Design: Level I – Essentials training provides participants with instruction that accelerates their transformation into effective members of a design, construction or facilities maintenance team. Developed by industry-leading professionals selected by ASHRAE, the training provides attendees with the fundamentals and technical aspects of HVAC design. Attendees will gain practical skills and knowledge to design and maintain HVAC systems that can be put to immediate use.

    In addition to gaining in-depth knowledge and understanding, attendees will receive real-world examples of HVAC systems based on the renovated ASHRAE Headquarters building. The training also teaches a systematic approach to guide a design team to a solution that optimally meets the client’s expectations. Engineered drawings of the ASHRAE Headquarters renovation will also be discussed so participants are exposed to plan reading and visual understanding of system design.

    If you are interested in attending this training, please contact karen@ashrae-ireland.org


    Who Should Attend

    • Engineers new to the HVAC industry, including recent engineering graduates lacking practical experience
    • Facilities managers involved in new construction or major renovation projects
    • Technicians who would like to gain design knowledge
    • Architects who want to understand HVAC system design
    • Sales engineers and HVAC equipment suppliers who want to gain a broad knowledge of HVAC systems

    How Your Firm Will Benefit

    The training helps attendees understand:

    • The need to improve overall building performance
    • The technologies that lead to improved building performance
    • The economics of sustainable buildings and the roles of the designer and facilities manager
    • The basic skills needed to design high-performance buildings
    • The skill set that will be required by designers of the future
    • Techniques to interact effectively with all design partners (architects, owners, other engineering disciplines) in an integrated design team
    • The capacity to participate in the design of high-performance buildings

    Level 1 Outline

    Day 1

    12:30 Introductions

    12:35 Fundamentals

    1:35 Load Calculation

    2:20 Break

    2:30 Load Calculation (cont.)

    3:50 Codes and Standards

    4:30 Adjourn

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    Day 2

    12:30 Psychrometrics

        2:40                 Break

        2:50                 System Selection

        3:50                 Commissioning and Standard 180

        4:30                 Adjourn

    _____________________________________________________________

    Day 3

    12:30 Design Process

        1:30                 Basic Design of Air Systems

        2:30                 Break

        2:40                 Basic Design of Air Systems (cont.)

        4:30                 Adjourn

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    Day 4

    12:30 Basic Design of Hydronic Systems

        2:00                 Break

        2:10                 HVAC Equipment

        4:30                 Adjourn

    _____________________________________________________________

    Day 5

    12:30 HVAC Systems

        2:30                 Break

        2:40                 HVAC Systems (cont.)

        3:20                 BAS Controls

        4:30                 Adjourn

    If you are interested in attending this training, please contact karen@ashrae-ireland.org

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  • Use of optimisation techniques as a design stage cost benefit analysis tool - Nishesh Jain

    12th October 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrce-vrTwuGNPzOkUhd_2e1Bp4ZiTJDOBL

    Use of optimisation techniques as a design stage cost benefit analysis tool.

    Panelist: Nishesh Jain, PhD, Research Fellow / KTP Associate, University College London (UCL)

    Chair: Daniel Coakley, ASHRAE Ireland President 2021-2022

    Date/Time: Tuesday, October 12th 2021 (1:00 - 2:00 PM BST)

    Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrce-vrTwuGNPzOkUhd_2e1Bp4ZiTJDOBL

    Enquiries: secretary@ashrae-ireland.org 

    This DesignBuilder presentation will introduce an innovative approach to aid the design process, using optimisation in a simulation tool to undertake rigorous cost-benefit analysis. Optimisation uses a genetic algorithm in a “survival of the fittest” process that mimics natural evolution, automatically finding solutions that provide the best “trade-off” between cost, energy consumption, and comfort for a given set of design criteria. Optimisation achieves this in a fraction of the time that traditional parametric or manual iterative simulation methods would take, removing the time-related barriers associated with assessing large numbers of potential solutions. Fully informed decisions can then be made, increasing confidence in both the design team and client. After introducing optimisation fundamentals, we will show you how DesignBuilder has been used for advanced cost-benefit analysis of building envelopes and other carbon, energy and cost savings in example projects.

    About the Speaker: Nishesh Jain, PhD, MSc is an architect, consultant and a researcher in the field of sustainable building design, energy modelling and operational performance of buildings. He specialises in energy and environmental performance assessments of new and existing buildings and using simulations and model calibration to facilitate the process through the building lifecycle, from design to operation. He has contributed to many publications and industry guidance documents on modelling and simulation and his recent work includes the use of advanced parametric tools (optimisation, uncertainty and sensitivity analysis) for informing building designs, and developing calibration tools for better operational performance assessments.

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  • The Integration of a Smart Grid and Smart Buildings - Tom Lawrence (DL)

    15th October 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7672227629021240843

    Panelist: Thomas Lawrence, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, LEED® AP

    Chair: Tony O’Keeffe, ASHRAE Ireland Vice-Chair CTTC 2021-2022

    Date/Time: Friday, October 15th 2021 (1:00 - 2:00 PM BST)

    Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7672227629021240843   

    Enquiries: secretary@ashrae-ireland.org

    The smart grid is developing and moving forward, buildings and the built environment will be interacting more closely with the electric utilities. The communication will be in both directions, with the utility working to balance the grid supply and demand through methods such as signaling requests for demand response measures, real-time price adjustments, etc. This is an evolving field and, while there are some differences in the need for and how a smart grid might function in the various regions of the world, there are some common factors as well. This seminar provides an overview of the smart grid particularly as it relates to buildings and their systems, and includes material and topics outlined in ASHRAE’s Smart Grid Application Guide.

    About the Speaker: Dr. Lawrence is the Mechanical Engineering program lead with the University of Georgia, and has nearly 40 years of professional experience. He spent the first 18 years in industry and after going back for his PhD at Purdue he has been at UGA since January 2004. He is the past chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.8 and is a member of the committee that wrote and maintains ASHRAE Standard 189.1 for High Performance Green Buildings. As an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, he gives seminars related to high-performance buildings at venues around the world. Dr. Lawrence was named an ASHRAE Fellow in 2017 and was a Director-at-Large on the Board of Directors for ASHRAE from 2016-2019. Dr. Lawrence has a B.S. with Highest Distinction in Environmental Science from Purdue University (1978), a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University (1982) and a second M.S. degree in Engineering Management from Washington University in 1989. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in the spring of 2004.

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  • ASHRAE Ireland HVAC Training Level II

    18th October 2021 @ 11:30 am - 20th October 2021 @ 3:30 pm

    HVAC Design: Level lI – Applications | 18-20 October 2021

    HVAC Design: Level II – Applications

    ASHRAE’s HVAC Design: Level II – Applications training provides participants with instruction on HVAC system design. The training is tailored for engineers with advanced experience in the HVAC design field, or those who have completed HVAC Design: Level I – Essentials. Developed by industry-leading professionals, the training provides advanced information that allows practicing engineers and designers an opportunity to expand their exposure to HVAC systems design procedures for a better understanding of system options to save energy.


    Who Should Attend

    • Engineers with HVAC design experience (3–10 years)
    • Participants who attended the HVAC Design: Level I – Essentials
    • Architects who want an in-depth understanding of HVAC design
    • Facilities managers involved in new construction or major renovation projects
    • Technicians who would like to gain thorough design knowledge
    • Construction project managers involved with mechanical systems

    How Your Firm Will Benefit

    The training allows practicing engineers and designers the opportunity to refresh their skills, as well as, expand their exposure to systems and design procedures. Attendees not practicing as designers will be provided with insights into the design process and challenges along with a better understanding of HVAC system options with buildings.


    Level 1 Outline

    Day 1

    12:30 Introductions

       12:35                Sustainability/Green/LEED/HPB/NZEB

        1:50                 Standard 55

        2:40                 Break

        2:50                 Standard 62.1 (cont.)

        4:05                 Building Systems: Example 1 Education Facility

        4:30                 Adjourn


    Day 2

    12:30 Building Systems: Example 1 Education Facility (cont.)

        2:30                 Break

        2:40                 Building Systems: Example 1 Education Facility (cont.)

        4:30                 Adjourn


    Day 3

    12:30 Building Systems: Example 1 Education Facility (cont.)

       12:15                Building Systems: Example 2 Multi-Story Office Building

        2:30                 Break

        2:40                 Building Systems: Example 2 Multi-Story Office Building (cont.)

        3:25                 Building Systems: Example 3 Multi-Story Office Building

        4:30                 Adjourn


    If you are interested in attending this training, please contact karen@ashrae-ireland.org

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  • ASHRAE Ireland Board of Governors Meeting

    27th October 2021 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm
    Zoom - Contact us for details

    To volunteer, please contact secretary@ashrae-ireland.org (cc' karen@ashrae-ireland.org)

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  • Digitizing Buildings with BRICK to Enable Portable Analytics, Modelling, and Controls

    28th October 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIoduigrTorEte6fF8LaMgq7yQ7rVRYXnxq

    Panelist: Carlos Duarte, Postdoctoral Researcher at Center for the Built Environment, UC Berkeley

    Chair: Daniel Coakley, ASHRAE Ireland President 2021-2022

    Date/Time: Thursday 28th October 2021 (5:00 - 6:00 PM BST)

    Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIoduigrTorEte6fF8LaMgq7yQ7rVRYXnxq 

    Enquiries: secretary@ashrae-ireland.org

    Semantic metadata standards, such as Brick, show promise to quickly scale improvements in energy efficiency, equipment operation, maintenance workflows, and occupant satisfaction across the facility management industry. These benefits are possible by providing standardize semantic descriptions of physical, logical, and virtual assets in buildings and the relationships between them to enable interoperability and portability of analytics, modeling, and controls. In this presentation, we will first give an overview of Brick and the Mortar data platform. Brick is an ongoing open-source effort that uses an extensible class hierarchy and minimal set of relationships to build machine readable, directed, labeled graph data model of a building. Mortar is the Modular Open Reproducible Testbed for Analysis & Research that contains data streams and corresponding Brick models for 107 buildings. Then we will discuss how we leverage the capabilities of Brick and Mortar to build single software applications that executes across heterogeneous buildings, acting as a vehicle for reproducible evaluations in building science.

    About the Speaker: Carlos Duarte is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for the Built Environment at University of California, Berkeley. Carlos recently received his PhD in Architecture with an emphasis on Building Science, Technology and Sustainability from UC Berkeley. He received his Bachelor and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho in 2011 and 2013, respectively. His research interest includes radiant heating and cooling, occupant behavior impact on building energy consumption, and the development of tools that help various building stakeholders. He is currently working on developing portable analytics and control applications that produce knowledge from the wealth of data that modern buildings produce and streamline the implementation of best-in-class HVAC control sequences.

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  • ASHRAE Ireland Chapter - Technical Seminar “Using Data Analytics to deliver ESG for Hitech Manufacturers in Ireland”

    4th November 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    ASHRAE Ireland Chapter - Technical Seminar

     “Using Data Analytics to deliver ESG for Hitech Manufacturers in Ireland”


    Panelist: Paul Walsh, General Manager, CIM

    Chair: Daniel Coakley, ASHRAE Ireland President 2021-2022

    Date/Time: Thursday 4th 2021 (1:00 - 2:00 PM BST)

    Registration Link:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/691569042979457804 

    Enquiries: secretary@ashrae-ireland.org

    Large Manufacturing facilities are complex to operate, and managing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems as well as ensuring correct temperature, air quality, humidity, and overall comfort is particularly challenging. Facilities have streams of existing data within them, which is mainly being used by the BMS to control the building. Once this data is collected, normalised and interrogated to verify how well the facility is actually being controlled, only then can it become useful information. Data Analytics ingests all of the buildings data, and uses machine learning and technical engineering intelligence to deliver clear and actionable insights. This allows engineering, facilities and maintenance teams to operate more efficiently while reducing both the energy consumption and carbon footprint of their sites. This seminar will provide an introduction to Building Data Analytics, explain the challenges Data Analytics solves and the ESG benefits that can be delivered to Hitech manufacturing facilities.


    About the Speaker: Leading CIM’s European expansion, Paul joined CIM with a passion for combating climate change and how disruptive technology has the ability to remove barriers to delivering demand-side energy savings for large property owners in a very short time frame. Prior to joining CIM, Paul led the Johnson & Johnson Ireland Energy Team, delivering over 15,000MT of CO2 reduction programs and also working on several sustainability initiatives. With 20 years of industry experience in delivering energy savings, Paul is a Certified Energy Manager with a Bachelor of Technology (Hons) in Manufacturing Technology and an MBA from the University of Limerick.

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  • ASHRAE Ireland Seminar - Optimization under uncertainty of residential building energy demand reduction

    16th November 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Optimization under uncertainty of residential building energy demand reduction


    Panelist:Jan Hensen, Full Professor of High Performance Building Simulation, Eindhoven University of Technology & Czech Technical University in Prague

    Chair: Daniel Coakley, ASHRAE Ireland President 2021-2022

    Date/Time: Tuesday 16th November 2021 (1.00 - 2.00 PM BST)

    Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/570079604732695820 

    Enquiries: secretary@ashrae-ireland.org

    Design-stage computational optimization of residential energy demand is subject to many uncertain assumptions that may result in a considerable gap between predicted and real energy performance. The relevance will be shown of two of the most uncertain assumptions: occupant behavior and weather data. The presentation will then focus on robustness assessment methods for the purpose of optimization under uncertainty. The mini-max regret method will be demonstrated for the case of optimal renovation solutions for existing Dutch houses while considering the interests of different stakeholders such as owner-occupiers and the Dutch government.


    About the Speaker: I am emeritus full professor of building performance in the Building Physics & Services unit at  Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). In addition to my ongoing activites at TU/e, I'm also a full professor of environmental engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Czech Technical University, Prague. I was the scientific director of the Smart Buildings and Cities post-master program at TU/e. I participated in many international research projects, and am on the scientific advisory board of several international energy institutions, external examiner at 20 international universities, reviewer and editorial board member of 25 international peer reviewed scientific journals and expert evaluator of national and international research projects. I'm proud to be a Fellow of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA), Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Fellow of the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning Associations (REHVA) and of having received several other national and international scientific and practice awards. 

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  • ASHRAE Ireland Board of Governors Meeting

    7th December 2021 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm
    Zoom - Contact us for details

    To volunteer, please contact secretary@ashrae-ireland.org (cc' karen@ashrae-ireland.org)

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  • ASHRAE Ireland Technical Seminar - Carbon Footprint Reduction with CO2 Heat Pumps!

    7th April 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    ASHRAE Ireland Chapter - Technical Seminar

     “Carbon Footprint Reduction with CO2 Heat Pumps!”

    Panelist:Micheal Ó Conghaile, Applications Engineer, Sirus

    Chair: Tony O’Keefe, Chief Operating Officer,OPN Buildings

    Date/Time: Thursday 7th April 2022 (1.00 - 2.00 PM BST)

    Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3371034902763244047

    Enquiries: secretary@ashrae-ireland.org  

    The sustainable concept behind CO2 Heat Pumps is to use freely available energy from the environment or waste energy from one process to feed another. The heat (or cold) energy released by a process or a building, which would normally be dumped into the atmosphere, is instead used to heat (or cool) a different process or area. Join this CPD webinar to see case studies and to learn about the efficiencies of combined heating and cooling, the environmental benefits of using CO2 as a refrigerant, and the ideal applications for CO2 Heat Pumps which include industrial applications with a heating and cooling load, pharmaceutical buildings, hospitals, and district heating projects.

    About the Speaker: Micheal is a mechanical engineer with 24 years of experience in Ireland, UK and Brazil in sectors such as food, pharmaceutical, design and project management companies as well as maintenance and operation of HVAC equipment. Micheal is committed to providing low carbon high-efficiency heating and cooling solutions.

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  • ASHRAE Ireland Chapter - Technical Seminar “BMS Alarm Fatigue - The Risks, and Rewards that can be delivered with Data”

    28th April 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    ASHRAE Ireland Chapter - Technical Seminar 

    “BMS Alarm Fatigue - The Risks, and Rewards that can be delivered with Data”

    Panelist: Paul Walsh, General Manager, EMEA, CIM

    Chair: John Bynum, Associate & Ireland Buildings Sustainability Lead, Arup

    Date/Time: Thursday 28th April 2022 (1.00 - 2.00 PM BST)

    Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5252173954249666063  

    Enquiries: secretary@ashrae-ireland.org  

    A recent survey conducted by CIM found 34% of high tech facilities managers to confirm that HVAC is their sites biggest energy cost. It was also reported that FM teams are overwhelmed with data and BMS alarms, -  on average a BMS delivers 12.5 alarms every day, with 50% of sites reporting as many as 30 and 27% of respondents admitting to ignoring all BMS alarms. This alarm fatigue leads to inaction, and in CIM’s experience, this leads to critical optimisation opportunities being missed. Overall, alarms are generally not regarded as an aid to better control of a HVAC system or as a means for an organisation to mitigate its energy costs or reduce its CO2 emissions. Rather, alarms are being regarded as a nuisance that can be ignored, ultimately demonstrating that there is insufficient value being delivered by the BMS or the data. 

    Join us as we chat through: *Key results from the research *How to avoid BMS Alarm fatigue *A Guide to HVAC Efficiency *Case Study examples of PEAK Success

    About the Speaker: Paul Walsh, General Manager, EMEA

    Leading CIM’s European expansion, Paul joined CIM with a passion for combating climate change and how disruptive technology has the ability to remove barriers to delivering demand-side energy savings for large property owners in a very short time frame. With 20 years of industry experience in delivering energy savings, Paul is a Certified Energy Manager with a Bachelor of Technology (Hons) in Manufacturing Technology & an MBA from the University of Limerick.

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  • ASHRAE / IRI Joint Technical Seminar Friday 20th May 2022

    20th May 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    The Green Isle Hotel Dublin, St John's Dr, Newlands Cross, Dublin 22, D22 F9F4, Ireland

    ASHRAE/IRI Joint Technical Seminar

    Date/Time: Friday 20th May 2022 (16.00 - 17.30 hrs BST)

    Venue: Green Isle Hotel, Naas Road, Newlands Cross, Dublin, Ireland,  D22 F9F4

    Register to attend: karen@ashrae-ireland.org 

    Seminar 1:

    Title: Technical Talk on Evaporative Cooling

    Speaker: Michael O’Conghaile, Applications Engineer, Sirus Ltd

    Time: 16.00 hrs

    Description: Recent case studies using high efficiency chilled water systems

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    Seminar 2: 

    Title: High Performance Chilled Water Systems

    Speaker: Mick Schwedler, PE, FASHRAE, LEED AP, Staff Applications Engineer, Trane Inc, La Crosse, WI, USA  and  ASHRAE President,  2021/2022

    Time: 16.30 hrs

    Description: Chilled water systems have been used for more than 80 years.  During that time, there has been a consistent effort by manufacturers and system designers to develop equipment, design strategies and control methods that result in the highest performing chilled water systems possible.  

    This presentation discusses system configurations, design parameters and system control techniques that can help owners and design teams reduce chilled water first costs, system operating costs and environmental impact.

     

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