Ireland's Plumbing and Heating Magazine Issue98

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Installation Projects Merchant Updates Product Launches

ISSUE 98 - NOV/DEC 2020

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News &Views 5 Jobmoves

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Product News 12 Grant

Q&APaul McMenamin We talk shop and life in general with Bassetts’ high-performing Sales Director

Aiden Likely joins Kerrigan/Midland Heating as Operations Manager and Brian Bolton takes up Business Development Manager role at Smallmans

Free-of-charge heatingdesign service fromGrant aids building standards compliance on new build and retrofit properties

20 Aspen Student Accommodation

7 36 years service

31 Kemper

AJ Plumbing Supplies givemuch- loved colleagueWilliamMcGrath a happy retirement send-off

Easy-to-install, clever prevention of frost damage fromKemper’s FROSTI andFROSTI-PLUSout doors taps

Landmark project showcases outstandingwork from leading M&E contractor and subs 34 HaslemHotel, Lisburn Square Lisburn’s newest hotel opens

61 HAPAI / APHCI merger

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Ireland’smain representative bodies for plumbing, heating and allied trades industries to join forces

Launch of Baxi Assure offers the complete home service for contractors, developers and housingproviders

with top-notch plumbing and heating solutions from specialist firms

66 Award nomination

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Michael Nugent Ltd’s M&E project at Dublin’s Hard Rock Hotel is in the running for Best NewHotel in Europe award in the theWorld Travel Awards 2020

50 Static or dynamic?

Warmflow’s Professional next-gen oil boiler offers engineers and homeowners tangible cost-saving benefits

Altecnic explains how to get the right balance for heating systems

THE TEAM: Managing Director Karen McAvoy Publication Manager Jacqui Fairley Editor Heather Campbell Production Manager Julie Anne Guiney

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NEWOPERATIONS MANAGERFORKERRIGAN /MIDLANDHEATING

A iden Likely has joined Kerrigan Mechanical / Midland Heating & Plumbing Ltd as Operations Manager. Aiden has over 30 years’ experience in mechanical contracting at senior management level and

Aiden Likely, Operations Manager, Kerrigan Mechanical / Midland Heating & Plumbing Ltd

has been involved in prequalifying for, tendering for, winning, value engineering, project and contract managing, commissioning and handover of projects nationwide, including hotels, hospitals, office blocks, leisure and tourism, production facilities, food processing plants, colleges and schools as well as numerous single and multi-dwelling residential developments. Having graduated from DIT with a degree in Quantity Surveying, he then joined the family business, James Likely Ltd, and worked alongside his late brother Jimmy as General Manager. In 2010, he joined Heat Merchants Group, and became Regional Manager, bringing strong experience to that role. He has now come full circle, returning to the sector that was his original calling, and is looking forward to renewing acquaintances and forming many new professional relationships as well as lasting friendships. Call Aidan on: +353 (0)46 94 30529, mobile: +353 (0)87 935 4854 email: aiden@midlandheating.ie and visit www.midlandheating.ie www.kerriganmechanical.ie

A ll models within the Grant Vortex range are biofuel compatible and are helping to future-proof properties throughout the UK and Ireland for their changing heating needs. Grant Vortex boilers come in outputs of 12-70kW. The range comprises of 63 models, including boiler-house, outdoor, utility and wall-hung variants so are suitable for a wide range of properties. The adaptability of the Grant Vortex provides reassurance for homeowners and those in the trade that when they install a new Grant condensing oil boiler it will be suitable for use with future biofuel blends* while still providing the reliability and efficiency that is synonymous with Grant, and helping to move towards a low carbon future. Visit www.grant.eu for further details. (*depending on type of biofuel and % blend eg: HVO, FAME) To keep up-to-date with the latest Grant news on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram@mygrantni @grantirl FUTURE-PROOFPROPERTIESWITH GRANT’SBIOFUELCOMPATIBLE VORTEXRANGE

B rian Bolton joins Smallman’s - the home of plumbing - as Business Development Manager where he will focus on developing the company’s bathroom and heating business. Brian joins Smallman’s from Davies, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge within the plumbing and heating industry. Embracing his new role, Brian said, “I am excited to be joining a company with such extensive history in the industry and I look forward to building new relationships in the months ahead”. Email: Brian.bolton@smallman.ie or visit their website: www.smallman.ie SMALLMAN’SBOOSTTEAMWITHNEW BUSINESSDEVELOPMENTMANAGER

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T he Irish Green Building Council welcomed Minister Eamon Ryan T.D’s commitment to further increasing investment in home retrofitting in the years to come. The Irish Green Building Council (IGBC) was responding to comments made by the Minister at the IGBC’s first energy renovation conference. In his speech to over 150 building professionals, Minister Ryan detailed the government’s commitment to making retrofit a cornerstone of our economic recovery and ending the stop-start nature of grant funding that has applied to date. Pat Barry, CEO of the Irish Green Building Council said, “The IGBC has long called for certainty on energy renovation. The retrofitting industry is just finding its feet. To scale up deep energy renovation, businesses need to train staff, build new business models and guarantee long-term work for their reskilled employees. The move to a multiannual budget should assist this”. For further information about the IGBC visit: www.igbc.ie IRISHGREENBUILDING COUNCILWELCOME GREATERCERTAINTY ONFUTUREOFENERGY RENOVATION

EPH Controls team celebrate fantastic fundraising result

E PH Controls UK decided to help the NHS Charities Together by donating £1 per unit on sales (June 1 to August 31), of their best selling products: CombiPack4, RF Programmable Thermostat, CP4i, Smart Thermostat, CP4M, Hardwired Programmable Thermostat and V222P, 22mm 2 Port Motorised Valve. The final total raised, £36,550, was presented to Tim Diggle, Joint Deputy Chair of NHS Charities Together. EPH General Manager, Paul Mulcahy had this to say, “All of us here at EPH Controls want to sincerely thank our customers, installers, merchants and staff for engaging in our biggest charity campaign to date. We were blown away by the terrific support shown. “We are delighted to be able to give something back in what has been a challenging year for a lot of people in our community.” Call EPH Controls UK on: +353 (0)21 434 6238, email: sales@ephcontrols.co.uk or visit: www.ephcontrols.co.uk EPHCONTROLSRAISE£36,550FOR FRONTLINEWORKERSANDNHSCAUSES

I t was cake and best wishes all round at AJ Plumbing Supplies when they marked the retirement of one of the most popular and knowledgeable members of the team, William McGrath. For just over 36 years, William has been a much-loved and greatly appreciated member of the AJ Plumbing Supplies team. Speaking about the retirement Clifford O’Brien, Director at AJ Plumbing Supplies had this to say, “William has been a loyal and trustworthy employee and will be missed by all that worked with him down through the years and also by his customer base. We would like to thank him for his exemplary service and wish him a long and healthy retirement.” T: +44 (0)28 3026 3348 - www.ajplumbing.co.uk AFONDFAREWELL FORWILLIAMAFTER 36YEARSSERVICEATAJ PLUMBING

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“The biggest compliment any customer can pay us is to trust us with their business.”

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PAULMcMENAMIN, BASSETTS

WE QUIZ INDUSTRY LEADERS ON WHAT MAKES THEM SUCCESSFUL AND HOW THEY ARE RESPONDING TO THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES FACING THE PLUMBING AND HEATING INDUSTRY... Paul McMenamin, Sales Director

P aul McMenamin joined Bassetts at the start of his professional career, rising through the ranks to become Sales Director for Northern Ireland’s largest bathroom, heating and tile company. The award-winning plumbers’ merchant has been providing quality bathroom supplies and furniture to trade customers for over 40 years. Founded in Armagh, Bassetts now has a total of 17 trade counters and bathroom showrooms across Northern Ireland. What are the main priorities and goals in your role? My role is dynamic and requires me to be flexible and adaptable as circumstances arise. However, I see my key priority and core role as strategically providing the mechanisms and structures to enable our branch managers and sales team to provide our customers with the best product solutions, technical support and service available. What was your first proper job? I’ve spent practically all my professional life with Bassetts, initially joining a small team in the Omagh branch working on the trade counter and making deliveries. At that point, Bassetts consisted of three branches and around 30 people compared to where we are positioned today, operating across 17 sites with 150+ people in the company. What are your biggest challenges as Sales Director at Bassetts? This year aside, Bassetts operate in an incredibly competitive market. Our installer

customers are very knowledgeable, so it’s imperative we provide those customers with competitive, quality solutions, which are supported by industry-leading technical capability and stocks. We also aim to provide customers with a consistently high level of service across all our network of branches. What inspires you to go to work every day? We are fortunate over the years to have built up very good relationships with a lot of our installer customers. That experience gives us an understanding of just how challenging the installers job can be and if we can make that even slightly easier by supporting them with good quality solutions delivered on time and complete then that is very rewarding. This has been particularly evident through the pandemic, and there have been many late night or Sunday openings to provide parts for health care or nursing home emergencies. I have been very proud of how we have responded to support our local communities. How do you like to fill your spare time? Sport is a great therapy for both body and mind, so I vent any frustrations on football fields or doing badly at triathlons and CrossFit. As a business leader, describe your best three qualities. I hope our customers and my colleagues would say I am someone they can depend on, and that I have a positive,

enthusiast presence. I conduct myself in a straightforward manner. From my perspective, I feel that having worked right up through our company I understand our strengths and core values so I try to ensure we keep our focus clearly on our customers. And your worst? Impatience. I’m working on this, but I think the school report (and my wife) would say, “must try harder”. What has been the most satisfying moment in your career? I get a real buzz from supporting the progression and development of people inside our business. Helping people to progress into new roles and seeing them flourish is incredibly satisfying. If you could work in a completely different sector/industry, what would it be, and why? I have a lot of friends who are health care professionals and watching the selfless work they have done in 2020, in the most difficult of circumstances, has been humbling and inspiring. How do you keep your team/staff motivated? Bassetts are exceptionally lucky with the quality and dedication of people in our branch teams. They take huge pride in doing the best for their customers every single day, and this passion and commitment keeps us all on our toes.

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push forward and improve for both our colleagues and our customers.

If you could employ anybody from the worlds of business or sport on your teamwho would it be and why? I am a big Irish Rugby fan. I have often thought a Paul O’Connell team talk would make our management meetings a little more exciting! What have been the highlights of your career at Bassetts since you joined? Supporting the expansion of the business, most recently with the acquisition of Clady and our opening in Enniskillen, have been hard work but hugely rewarding. We have had great people join the Bassetts team and met lots of new customers along the way. What’s the best advice you’ve been given, or would give, in business? Two pieces of advice come to mind. Firstly - a successful sales business is dependent on having happy and loyal customers, so it should focus acutely on its core role and ignore distractions. Secondly - when making decisions for the company, do so as if you were spending your own money! What’s next for Bassetts? Bassetts are in the fortunate position of having great people in the organisation who are passionate about, and genuinely strive to support, our customers. Working closely with these people makes me feel confident that Bassetts remain well placed to continue to develop and grow, particularly as new sustainable technologies evolve. I look forward to supporting the business and its people in any way I can through the next phase of growth.

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to gain their trust and exceed their expectations.

Where to start with continuing to work and live with Covid-19 and the Brexit deadline looming with no deal currently in place! It’s a challenging time for the construction sector, and we have to continue to strategically plot our way through the hazards. What new trends are emerging in your industry? The meaningful introduction of renewable technologies will be the single biggest evolution in our sector here. Installers and self-builders are asking what opportunities and advantages renewable heating offers them. With the large rural population we have here, renewable heating solutions are perfectly tailored to the self-build market, future-proofing homes for years to come. Providing there is the type of catalyst from our local Government that we can see is happening in other jurisdictions, I can see the demand for these technologies increase. What advice would you give to someone aspiring to your position? Focus on your customers and work hard

How has Covid-19 impacted your sales strategy? Our strategy throughout these unprecedented times has been to try and support our customers and colleagues as best and as safely as we can. I am hugely proud of the efforts of those colleagues who worked tirelessly from March to support our sector. We will continue to carefully plot our way through the pandemic focusing on the needs of our customers and implementing structures and supports to keep everyone safe. How do you define success, and what drives you to succeed? The biggest compliment any customer can pay us is to trust us with their business. Having long-serving staff that work closely with the same customers over many years is a significant complement to the quality of our business. These relationships, built on trust developed over time, are a great driver for us to continue to

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COVER STORY

Grant Uflex underfloor heating

GRANT’S HEATING DESIGN SERVICE ENSURES THAT HOME HEATING INVESTMENT IS OPTIMISED AND HOMEOWNERS BENEFIT FROM LONG-TERM FINANCIAL AND CARBON SAVINGS… Maximise efficiencieswithGrant’s heatingdesign service

G rant’s technical specialists are installers, electricians, suppliers and builders throughout Ireland to achieve building standards compliance on new build and retrofit properties with their home heating design service. This free- of-charge offering is helping to save time on projects, ensure correctly sized heating technologies are specified for the individual property and help to meet relevant building regulations for home heating. Availing of Grant’s heating design service results in a smart, bespoke heating system for the property and includes correctly working with plumbers, architects, BERs, specifiers, engineers, sizing both the air to water air source heat pump and supporting technologies. This ensures the heating investment is optimised and the property owners

HEAT LOSS CALCULATIONS There are various stages to the heating design service, which begin when property plans are received. Using these plans, Grant’s technical specialists carry out room-by-room heat loss calculations

benefit from long-term financial and carbon savings. This is especially important as demand for more sustainable heating technologies continues to increase and considerations are made for future-proofing properties for their changing heating needs.

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“Grant’s technical specialists carry out room-by-room heat loss calculations in line with SR:50 requirements.”

Grant Aerona 3 R32 10kW air to water air source heat pump

in line with SR:50 requirements. This information provides the heat load requirement for each room and helps to prove compliance with Part L of the building regulations and calculate the heat pump output, the hot water demands and underfloor heating and/or radiators for the property. Once heat loss calculations are finalised and the heat load for each room within the property is known, correctly sized heating technologies are specified for the property. This includes the highly efficient Grant Aerona 3 R32 air to water air source heat pump range, which has an ErP rating of A+++ and is available in outputs of 6kW, 10kW, 13kW and 17kW. Air source heat pumps are an increasingly popular choice for new-build and retrofit projects because they provide compliance and an energy-efficient, sustainable and cost- effective way to heat a property.

if external temperatures were to drop as low as -20°, the heat pump’s output will modulate up or down depending on the exact climate conditions, to ensure ultimate energy efficiency. As the Aerona 3 R32 air to water air source heat pump can run at both high and low temperatures it can work in tandem with other technologies featured within Grant’s diverse product offering, including the Uflex underfloor heating system. As part of the home heating design service, Grant will also design underfloor heating requirements for those rooms selected to use this type of heat emitter. When working together, the Aerona 3 heat pump and Uflex underfloor heating will improve the overall efficiency of a new-build or retrofit property, as both technologies can run at lower temperatures, enabling savings to be made. The Grant Aerona 3 R32 13kW and 17kW models have also been recognised by Quiet Mark for their quiet operation. Quiet Mark is the international award programme validating and awarding low- noise, high-performance technologies, helping to deliver solutions to overcome noise pollution throughout the world.

Those working on new-build or retrofit projects where a heat pump is required, can avail of Grant’s free-of-charge home heating design service in three easy steps: 1. Send planning drawings, a contact phone number and preference of heat emitters to heatpump@grantengineering.ie 2. A member of the Grant technical team will be in touch with you to discuss requirements. 3. You will receive full property specifications with recommended Grant products. Grant’s free-of-charge home heatingdesign service in THREEEASYSTEPS:

AERONA 3 R32 RANGE All four models within the R32

range boast superior seasonal coefficient of performance (SCOP) of up to 5.4:1 and depending on the climate conditions and demand on the heating system at the time, can deliver 4kW of heat energy for every 1kW of electricity used. Even

Contact the Grant Technical Team T: 0800 0443261 (NI) T: 057 9126968 (ROI) www.grant.eu Follow Grant online: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram@mygrantNI @grantirl

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ASSOCIATION NEWS

OFTEC MAKES VOICE OF LIQUID FUEL SECTOR HEARD IN NI HEAT STRATEGY GROUP MEETINGS... Energy strategy - Northern Ireland

A s a devolved matter, our local politicians will be deciding on a future Energy Strategy for Northern Ireland in early 2021. To my mind this is a good thing. Locally elected MLAs making decisions that will affect local people. OK, so they have not always got it right in the past, but given the difference in our fuel mix compared to GB (over 60% of homes here use a liquid fuel) and the ‘rural’ nature of our homes it is likely that we will see a different policy compared to GB. The good news is that the liquid fuel sector is ably represented as OFTEC has a seat on the NI Heat Strategy Group. This was set up by the Department of Economy to advise the Minister on the proposed new strategy. This group brings together the major fuel groups, consumer interest groups, scholars and energy specialists. Talks continue, and to date we have developed positive discussion around the potential inclusion of biofuels in the future strategy. Most participants agree that due to the relatively low thermal efficiency of our housing stock and the rural nature of our dwellings that heat pumps are not the panacea to our carbon reduction dilemma. (70% of bungalows, 44% of terraces, 50% of SDV and 53% of detached houses in Northern Ireland are SAP band D-F and in OFTEC’s opinion, not readily suitable for air source heat pumps without significant cost and disruption).

David Blevings, OFTEC Ireland Manager

“The future for biofuels as a viable and realistic option for decarbonising the liquid fuel

sector is real and gathering pace.”

approach is starting to develop. Different options are being considered for homes on and off the grid. For homes with a grid connection the options include heat pumps or a blend of biomethane produced from biogas being introduced through the natural gas pipeline. The gas sector sees the introduction of hydrogen blending as the next step before moving to to the ultimate goal of 100% hydrogen use. For off grid homes the choices are more limited and some homes may benefit from a heat pump but OFTEC sees the majority of off grid liquid fuelled homes moving across simply to burn a biofuel blend in the short term with the introduction of a 100% biofuel derived from waste within ten years. The group has discussed and will recommend not setting a date for phasing out fossil fuels and is concentrating on delivering cost-effective solutions at lowest cost to the consumer.

We have advised local government that current oil consumers can reduce their carbon emissions from their home heating by up to 91% by using hydro-treated vegetable oil (HVO) while retaining existing equipment. This is great news and means consumers can reduce their carbon footprint significantly with no capital cost compared to the large sums of money required to retro-fit a house to make it suitable for an air source heat pump. While some are sceptical of biofuels, the reality is that we now have HVO in NI and being burnt by local boiler manufacturers. We are also in discussions with the NI Housing Executive about a trial in public sector homes. The future for biofuels as a viable and realistic option for decarbonising the liquid fuel sector is real and gathering pace. Further information contact David Blevings at: david@nioil.com or dblevings@oftec.org

TECHNOLOGY-NEUTRAL APPROACH The group’s view is that a ‘range’ of fuels will make up the new strategy

and promotion of a technology-neutral approach is starting to develop with different ‘options’ for on-grid (heat pump and bio gas) and off-grid (biofuels and heat pumps where feasible) appearing. The group’s curent thinking is that a ‘range’ of fuels will be included in the new strategy and promotion of a technology-neutral

David Blevings, OFTEC Ireland Manager on T: +44 (0)28 9186 2916 Sean McBride, Ireland Representative on T: +44 (0)7540 502 304 (NI) or +353 (0)87 241 7041 (RoI) www.oftec.org

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WEAREHIRING

HEATING ESTIMATOR FULL-TIME - NEWRY

At our Newry branch we are currently recruiting for a Heating Estimator. In this position you will play an instrumental role in the growth and development of the company, we are therefore looking for a talented, experienced and dedicated candidate to help drive the business forward. Responsibilities & Duties: Working as part of a team you will be responsible for maintaining relationships with existing customers. Ensuring they continue to receive great customer service. You will also be expected to identify new business opportunities promoting AJ Plumbing Supplies as their supplier of choice and converting this into regular business.

• Price quotations, tenders and present the quotes to your customers • Provide excellent support to our current customer base • Work closely along with our internal sales team. Qualifications & Skills: • Previous experience working in a similar position within the industry will be an advantage • Excellent product knowledge of Plumbing, Heating and Bathroom products • Confident in dealing with customers both face to face and over the phone thus building good customer relationships • Able to work on own initiative

TRADE COUNTER SALES / STORE ASSISTANT FULL-TIME - NEWRY

AJ Plumbing Supplies Ltd is one of Northern Ireland’s leading independent Plumbers Merchants and Bathroom Suppliers, we are currently looking to recruit a sales assistant to work at our busy trade counter in our Newry Branch Job Specification: • Assisting and serving customers at our trade counter • Taking telephone orders and making calls to customers • Assisting with deliveries both in and out of stores

• Resolving queries efficiently and liaising with management

Ideal Candidate: • Excellent customer service skills • Good communication skills • Ability to work effectively as part of a busy team • Able to work on own initiative • Excellent telephone manner • Previous experience in a similar industry / sector would be of an advantage

WAREHOUSE OPERATIVE / DELIVERY DRIVER NEWRY We are recruiting for a Warehouse Operative / Delivery Driver to join our team in Newry. Please note this position will require heavy lifting.

The successful candidate must have: • Full Clean UK Driving License • Counterbalance Forklift Experience (Preferred but not Essential) • Minimum 3 years Warehouse Experience (Preferred but not Essential) • Experience in bathroom Showroom/ Plumbing (Preferred but not Essential) • Forward Facing Customer Service Skills • Keen Eye for Detail • Proficient in Administration / Paperwork • Good geographical knowledge • Experience in the plumbing / bathroom industry would be an advantage • Successful applicants must be able to work Thursday Evenings until 8pm & Saturday Mornings from 9am to 1pm.

Key responsibilities include: • Operating a counterbalance forklift

• Picking customer orders • Goods in and stock control • Warehouse duties, housekeeping, loss prevention • Loading / unloading vehicles • All aspects of delivery / order paperwork • Dealing face to face with customers • Delivering products to customers, reviewing orders prior to delivery, loading & unloading goods

IF INTERESTED PLEASE EMAIL YOUR CV TO allan.gough@ajplumbing.co.uk We are an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons.

INDUSTRY NEWS

LGI CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO COMMIT TO STRONG REGIONAL APPROACH TO DELIVER ON CLIMATE ACTION PLAN…

Agreener deal for rural Ireland industrial, and transport sectors by up to 33% compared to heating oil and other solid fuels. BioLPG is a chemically indistinct but renewable version of LPG, made from sustainably sourced renewable vegetable oils, wastes, and residues, and delivers up to 90% certified carbon emission savings compared to conventional LPG. BioLPG can be used in existing LPG O ver half a million rural homeowners and businesses could pay a high price for Ireland’s one-size-fits-all approach to climate policy, according to Liquid Gas Ireland (LGI), which represents the country’s LPG industry. The Government’s National Climate Action

to connect individual properties to the natural gas grid. For that reason, over half a million households and businesses rely on standalone oil boilers for their heating and fuel needs. “LPG and BioLPG are readily available, lower-carbon energy sources that can contribute to Ireland’s ‘Green New Deal’, including the ambitious goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050. “It is crucial that the Government brings both urban and rural communities on the decarbonisation journey, providing them with technology choices that meet their unique needs through secure, clean, efficient, and reliable lower-carbon fuels.” For more information, call: +353 (0)1 500 0810, email: info@lgi.ie or visit: lgi.ie liquid-gas-ireland LiquidGasIE “LPG and BioLPG are readily available, lower- carbon energy sources that can contribute to Ireland’s ‘Green New Deal’, including the ambitious goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050.”

Plan envisions the majority of Ireland’s households undergoing retrofitting to install electric heat pumps. However, LGI says that this approach does not consider the unique needs and economic and infrastructural challenges of rural Ireland. Over 500,000 Irish properties have no connection to the natural gas distribution network; two-thirds currently rely on oil boilers for heating and fuel. LGI says that connecting remote, less energy-efficient properties to the natural gas grid or installing new heat pump technology will prove prohibitively expensive. In its new 2040 vision, “A Greener Deal for Rural Ireland”, LGI argues that the Government must legislate for a mixed technology approach to decarbonisation, which includes lower-carbon fuels such as LPG and BioLPG. This would lead to a fairer, just transition for rural Ireland while significantly reducing CO2 emissions. LPG is a clean-burning, smoke-free fuel that cuts emissions from domestic, commercial,

infrastructure. For customers in rural off- grid homes and businesses, this switch is easy and affordable to make, and the environmental benefits are immediate. LGI estimates that if 500,000 homes switched from using oil-fired central heating to BioLPG by 2040, it would save about 1.9 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. VISION 2040 In its 2040 vision, LGI says that the Government must commit to a strong regional approach to delivering on air quality targets, including better use of widely available lower-carbon energy sources. LGI’s vision also lays out a plan for the LPG industry for the next twenty years. Commenting, Brian Derham, Chair of Liquid Gas Ireland, said, “Much of Ireland’s rural population is remote and spread out, which makes it extremely expensive for the state

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COMPANY NEWS

AS A MEMBER OF LIQUID GAS IRELAND, CALOR’S BIOLPG AND LPG OFFERS CUSTOMERS VIABLE ALTERNATIVE FUEL SOURCES… Calor supports launch of LiquidGas Ireland

L iquid Gas Ireland was launched in September, bringing a new voice to the energy debate. The body, formerly known as ILPGA will represent the LPG industry in Ireland and will particularly be a voice for rural Ireland. Calor, one of Ireland’s longest established energy suppliers, is proud to be a member of Liquid Gas Ireland. To mark the new era of the representative body, Liquid Gas Ireland launched Vision 2040 – “LPG and BioLPG – a Greener Deal for Rural Ireland” which sets out how the LPG industry will contribute to the Green New Deal. This is a roadmap set out by the EU to decarbonise the European energy sector and help Ireland to significantly reduce emissions from its

Liquid Gas Ireland estimates that if 500,000 homes switched from using oil- fired central heating to BioLPG by 2040, it would save about 1.9million tonnes of CO2 per year. Switching from oil to Calor LPG can improve heating efficiency by up to 20%, and helps to reduce carbon emissions. BioLPG, Calor’s renewable gas option, can reduce emissions by up to a further 90%. BioLPG is a cost-effective way to significantly decarbonise a home, avoiding the need for costly and disruptive deep retrofitting. As a member of Liquid Gas Ireland, Calor will support the recommendations by offering customers alternative fuel sources such as BioLPG and LPG. Calor is also investing in this association to ensure that all those who work in supplying LPG have a say in the energy debate. We would strongly encourage heating professionals to get involved in that debate. Calor along with other members of Liquid Gas Ireland will work with the Government and other stakeholders to ensure the move to a more sustainable energy system is a fair one for everyone.

“Calor along with other members of Liquid Gas Ireland will work with the Government and other stakeholders to ensure the move to a more sustainable energy system is a fair one for everyone.”

heating and transport sectors. Liquid Gas Ireland has three key recommendations for the Irish Government:

• Legislate for a mixed technology approach to decarbonisation (not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach) • Commit to clean alternatives to improve regional air quality • Prioritise a just transition for rural Ireland

Find out more about Liquid Gas Ireland and how you can get involved: www.lgi.ie www.linkedin.com/company/liquid- gas-ireland/ www.twitter.com/LiquidGasIE

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DELIVERING A COMPLEX MECHANICAL WORKS PACKAGE TO A 10-STOREY ACCOMMODATION BLOCK WAS ALL IN A DAY’S WORK FOR GAFFNEY MECHANICAL SERVICES… MASTERCLASS IN MECHANICAL WORKS

I nstallation of mechanical services to the brand new 365 bedroom student accommodation blocks at Lidl’s Ballymun development in north Dublin, was a mammoth task but it delivered great rewards for Gaffney Mechanical Services. Project Manager, Eamon McKeown at Gaffney Mechanical Services and the rest of the team were tasked with a full supply and install of mechanical works into a congested city site. The package of works consisted of soils and waste, low pressure hot water district heating system, plumbing to communal toilets and kitchens and 365 bedroom pods, Daikin air conditioning units, supply and extract ventilation including fire dampers and fire smoke dampers. Hevac supplied and installed the flue system for the six Hamworthy Wessex

boilers, FG Wilson generator and the Indop 110N CHP unit. They carried out the site visit and agreed routes with the design team to ensure no detrimental effect to building structure. A Tridium Building Management System was installed and commissioned by Ashdown Controls to control all the pumps and valves throughout the building to maintain pressure for the district cold water system. Three plant rooms were installed. One housed six, highly efficient ModuMax gas fired boilers with six circuits feeding the different elements of the building. Heatmerchants supplied all the Grundfos pumps for the distribution of LTHW and DHW circuits to final outlet positions. Grundfos was brought on board and worked in close partnership with the

consultant to ensure most efficient and adequately sized pumps selected for the application. A basement plant room was installed for water storage with all tanks supplied by Tricel. As part of the water services a water softening system and purification plant were also installed and supplied by Environmental Services Ireland. The third plant room consisted of a combined heating and power unit that was installed as the primary energy source with the boiler back up. BUSY SITE Project Manager, Eamon, certainly had his hands full on this busy site. “We had a number of sub-contractors employed on the job,” says Eamon. “Heatec Mechanical Services fromWexford installed a lot of the distribution GB pipework and copper

“It was a great project to be involved with, quite an iconic one within the Ballymun area.”

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systems throughout the corridors. Paul Devlin Mechanical Services from Newcastle, County Down built all the plant rooms and risers for us. They supplied 3D modelling, got it approved and then prefabricated the plant rooms offsite before breaking them down and transporting to site. They then built them up over the course of one week. This reduced a lot of the site works and avoided exclusion zones within the building to facilitate an onsite fabrication.” Gaffney Mechanical also employed DS Ventilation who looked after the supply and extract ventilation services within the building which required three heat recovery units and nine extract fans. Platinum Air Conditioning worked on the AC system which consisted of 20 AC splits over nine extract condensers that were all linked back in to a central controller provided by Daikin. Specialist Independent Building Services was the commissioning engineer and Environmental Services Ireland fulfilled the flushing and dosing operation. The complex nature of the project inevitably led to some challenges. There were a lot of services in the main plant room so Gaffney’s own BIM/Co-

ordination manager produced a 3D BIM model of this to ensure all the services fitted within the constraints of the structure. KEY CO-ORDINATION In the main build element the distribution of the services throughout the building and up the risers was quite challenging due to the size of the pipework and the small constraints of the risers. According to Eamon, the solution was to double- down on co-ordinating all the disciplines so there was no crossing of services and no clashes with building elements or future building elements. “The thorough co- ordination process that was put in place at the start of the project ensured all these issues were dealt with seamlessly.” “It was a great project to be involved with, and it is already quite an iconic landmark within the Ballymun area. It is also one of the first projects on this scale that we have completed with Walls Construction and as a result of our successful collaboration on this we are delighted to have secured a number of other high value contracts with them which are currently in progress.”

Client: Lidl Ireland Main Contractor: Walls Construction Architect: MCA Architects Mechanical Contractor: Gaffney Mechanical Services PROJECTTEAM...

Gaffney Mechanical, Unit F2, Centrepoint, Rosemount Business Park, Ballycoolin, D11 T: +353 (0)1 899 1694 - E: info@gaffneymechanical.ie www.gaffneymechanical.ie

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HEVAC IS A ONE-STOP-SHOP FOR MECHANICAL SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION AT ASPEN STUDENT ACCOMMODATION PROJECT… MECHANICAL SUPPLIER/INSTALLER

I reland’s leading commercial plumbing and heating specialist, Hevac, supplied and commissioned boilers, pumps, combined heat power units and flue system to the 365-bedroom Aspen Student Accommodation blocks for mechanical contractor, Gaffney Mechanical Services. The package of works included supplying and installing: Hamworthy Wessex mk3 boilers and pipe kits; a CHP Indop 110 from Hevac’s renewable sister company Origen Energy; Duomo Gas Detection system; Jeremias Flue system; Air Dirt Separators from Fabricated Products and Calpex Pre-Insulated Pipe. For such a landmark accommodation project, it was important that all systems

were of quality and maximum efficiency and comfort, which is why Hevac was the perfect supply and flue supply/ installation partner. The long-established plumbing and heating specialists are committed to improving their range of products, level of service, technical and commercial support, which is so essential in any supplier-customer relationship. Backed up by their sister companies Tube Co, Polytherm and Origen who supply ancillary components such as multilayer pipe, fittings, valves, underfloor heating systems , heatpumps, radiant panels, district heating components, solar, controls and other products Hevac provides a full service for the merchant,

developer, M&E contractor and installer. It is the only company in Ireland that can offer this total project capability under one roof including complete flue design, supply and installation. CUTTING EDGE Hevac has been at the forefront of new technologies and trends for many years, which is evident in the quality and state- of-the-art systems supplied and installed to the Aspen Student Accommodation project. The Hamworthy Wessex ModuMax is a compact, floor standing, high efficiency condensing boiler range with up to 95% gross seasonal efficiency. The mk3 upgrade has been developed in

“Hevac and Origen, continually strive to offer Gaffney Mechanical the highest level of support available in Ireland.”

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and outer liner allowing the lengths to be cut on site (specially useful when facing difficult installations). Commenting on the successful delivery of the project, Karl Carrick, Director at Hevac says, “Throughout this project Hevac and our renewable sister company, Origen Energy, have worked closely and have strengthened our links with Gaffney Mechanical both with their onsite team and their internal procurement team. We are delighted to have contributed to Gaffney’s successful completion of this prestigious project. “While Gaffney Mechanical demands the highest of standards from us as their Mechanical supplier, both in our service and supply offering, Hevac and Origen, continually strive to offer Gaffney Mechanical the highest level of support available in Ireland from our group companies. We look forward to our continued collaborative ventures between our companies in this difficult year and throughout 2021.”

direct response to the increased use of wider delta T design methodologies in commercial buildings and district heating systems. Each module is designed to operate continuously at up to 40 °C delta T differential temperature rise across the module, maximising condensing operation. The Origen CPH unit (combined heat and power) is an independent power and heat generation unit. It allows the user to generate power for their building on site rather than purchasing power from the grid. The thermal energy generated in the process can be used for heating and/or domestic hot water (DHW) preparation. In power generation, Origen can achieve primary energy savings of over 25% compared to separate generation. The main element of a CHP unit is a fuel-fired four-stroke engine, which converts the combustion energy of the fuel to thermal and mechanical energy; the latter is then converted to electricity by a generator. The exhaust

gases are not discharged directly into the environment; they flow through a flue gas/heat exchanger where heat is extracted from them. The gas detection system by Duomo is recognised within the industry for providing a comprehensive range of low cost, high reliability gas detection for many applications. The GS300M model installed by Hevac is a wall or panel mounted microprocessor based gas detector control unit that can be configured to meet customer requirements. Exclusively available in Ireland from Hevac the Jeremias DW-ECO flue system is a twin-walled factory made stainless steel chimney system with inner liner in 304 (gas and oil in dry conditions) or inner liner in 316 (solid fuel, biomass and condensing applications) a 25mm rigid rock wool insulation and a 304 outer liner. Due to its superior design there are no hot spots or thermal bridges between inner

T: +353 (0)1 4191919 E: info@hevac.ie www.origen.ie

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HVAC CONTRACTOR DS VENTILATION PROVIDES THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL VENTILATION INSTALLATION… VENTILATION INSTALLATION D S Ventilation Ltd supplied and installed galvanised ductwork, fire dampers, volume control

Barry, Managing Director at DS Ventilation said, “The organisation and planning by the team at Gaffney Mechanical made this project straightforward so it was completed without any delays. “We are pleased to say that we have worked on a number of ventilation installation projects with Gaffney Mechanical, and we have always found them to be well organised and very easy to work with. “DS Ventilation offers efficient solutions across a wide variety of projects in the construction sector.”

dampers, supply air and return air diffusers for Gaffney Mechanical Services to the Communal Areas at the Aspen Student Accommodation project. Standard installation practices were used - ductwork was manufactured and installed as per DW144. Fire dampers were installed as per DW145. DS Ventilation offers efficient solutions across a wide variety of projects in the construction sector including new installations, restorations, renovations and alterations. Many of their employees have 20 year’s experience in the construction industries throughout Ireland and the UK. Commenting on the project, Damian

M: +353 (0)87 250 4725 T/F: +353 (0)1405 7682 E: info@dsventilation.ie

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PLANT ROOM AND DISTRIBUTION CENTRE

P aul Devlin Mechanical Services prefabricated and installed two plant rooms and distribution centre to the Aspen Student Accommodation site for Gaffney Mechanical Services. The County Down firm collaborated with NI Mechanical to create the 3D modelling and setting out of the distribution centre. Once the drawings were approved Paul Devlin Mechanical Services prefabricated the structures in their own warehouse facility before transporting and installing onsite. Prefabricating plant rooms offsite has many advantages, says Paul Devlin, Managing Director at Paul Devlin Mechanical Services. “Our warehouse is properly set up for the prefabrication process so there is better materials organisation and work is completed to a higher manufactured finish. More than 70% of these types of projects can be done offsite in a more organised environment. Having the right facilities and proper

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equipment in place creates a much safer prefabrication process for my team.” Paul Devlin Mechanical Services have worked with Gaffney Mechanical Services on a number of previous large-scale projects, including Citywest.

T: +44 (0)7540 767889 E: pauljames.devlin@gmail.com

DISTRICT HEATING SYSTEM

H eatec Mechanical Services installed the low-pressure hot water district heating system and domestic water services to the 362-bed student accommodation at the landmark Aspen Student Accommodation development. The mixed-use scheme, located just off Ballymun main street, within a mile of Dublin City University, encompasses a separate Lidl store, customer car park, with additional office space as well as two linked blocks of retail and student accommodation. Heatec Mechanical Services’ installation included water services in the clusters to the bedroom ensuites and the heating systems to all bedrooms. Joe Whelan, Owner at Heatec Mechnical Services says, “We completed all the final connections to the pods, kitchen sinks and the heat interface units – all the installation and testing work. Joe spoke highly of the mechanical contractor. “We’ve worked with Gaffneys

“We completed all the final connections to the pods, kitchen sinks and the heat interface units.”

for a number of years now, and as always they were extremely well-organised and very productive on-site. The bulk of our work is large-scale apartment developments and commercial jobs, mostly in the Leinster region.”

T: +353 (0)86 391 7669 E: info@heatec.ie

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