Minister Alan Kelly To Deliver Update on Building Regulations

Minister Alan Kelly To Deliver Update on Building Regulations

12 May 2015 at 09:35

Energy and Climate Change Policy also on Agenda

Minister Alan Kelly TD is expected to give an update on the review of the building regulations to delegates at this year’s Engineers Ireland Annual Conference. Water infrastructure and the impact of the climate change bill are also likely to be included in his keynote address to Ireland’s engineers who will gather in The Malton, Killarney on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th May this year.

The recent review of the building regulations ordered by Minister Kelly is set to close on 15th May. Engineers Ireland has been part of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government’s review group which agreed the amendments to the Building Control Act and the organisation is committed to maintaining high standards within the construction industry. Engineers Ireland response to the Ministers 2015 Review of the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014, S.I. 9 of 2014

As well as the minister’s keynote address on the subject, a technical update on the building regulations one year on will be provided by Cormac Bradley, Chartered Engineer who is a recognised expert on the issue and represented Engineers Ireland during the original revision process of the legislation. Mairéad Phelan, Project Manager at the Local Government Management Agency, responsible for developing the compliance system will also present.

‘Going Global in Kerry’ will be under discussion during the session led by Dairymaster CEO and Chairman of the Enginers Ireland An Ríocht Regional Branch, Dr Edmond Harty. While Dr Joseph Walsh, Head of School of STEM, Institute of Technology, Tralee will highlight the opportunities in innovation, research and education in Kerry from an engineer’s perspective.          

Energy – renewables and fossil fuels

The new climate change bill progressing through the Oireachtas is of relevance to any engineer working in energy and Dave Walsh, Assistant Secretary at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government  will update delegates on progress across climate policy in relation to the legislation and also on wider issues at national, EU and international levels.

Economist Colm McCarthy will take on the subject of renewables in a revision of his paper Time to Take a Tilt at Windmills which called for a stop to building further wind energy generation capacity. Arguing the opposite will be Paddy Teahon, honorary President of the Irish Wind Energy Association and part of the team at UCD’s Electricity Research Centre. Michael McNicholas, CEO of Ervia will discuss the building Ireland’s gas and water infrastructure to facilitate Generation Z.

Other speakers on the topic of energy include Ken Boyne of Wind Prospect Ireland;  John Ahern of Indaver, currently Ireland’s only waste to energy generator and Dennis O’Sullivan of Gas Networks Ireland. A line-up of all speakers and the conference schedule is available at