Ireland's Plumbing and Heating Magazine Issue102

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ISSUE 102 - JULY/AUGUST 2021

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News &Views 5 ecoSEAL challenge

Product News 8 Stuart Turner launch

In Focus 19 M&P Mechanical

Geocel launches the ecoSEAL Challenge – why not try out the ecoSEAL system for yourself and help reduce plastic waste?

Stuart Turner launch Pulse range of high efficiency circulators - available from main distributors, Ideal Energy.

M&P Mechanical celebrate first decade in business. 33 Plumbing & Heating Magazine NI Awards 2021

7 TeamWilo

11 Hevac

A review of all the winners from our first ever virtual NI Plumbing and Heating Awards ceremony.

NI Area Sales Manager got on his bike to help TeamWilo stack up 1,700 virtual miles in a charity cycle. 17 Pipelife makes magic Pipelife Ireland donate pipework to volunteers building a new home for an autistic boy and his family in Co. Tipperary. 51 Vaillant Group rally for sick worker Vaillant Ireland’s boiler raffle

Hevac offers new technically advanced patio heater for the hospitality sector from Schwank.

70 Energy Efficiency Check out the latest solutions from manufacturers leading the way in energy efficiency. 94 Ulster Hospital Acute Services Building Vaughan Engineering Services Ltd and supply chain completes second block on the Ulster Hospital redevelopment plan.

15 Sealants NI

Leading sealant and adhesives distributor brings first environmentally friendly Nano sealant range to Northern Ireland.

59 Firebird

Firebird is leading the charge to combat Ireland’s climate woes with HVO.

amongst group-wide efforts to fund co-worker’s rare cancer treatment.

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

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NEWS

HEVACWELCOMES NEWAPPOINTMENT

Julian Perryman takes up the ecoSEAL Challenge from Geocel.

Bernice Reid has joined Hevac to take up the position of Internal Sales and Specifications Representative. With 15 years experience under her belt supporting internal and external sales teams in the heating industry, Bernice will be responsible for pricing commercial tenders for heating products

Bernie Reid, Internal Sales and Specifications Representative for Hevac.

such as radiators, radiant panels and trench heaters. She will also support consultant engineers with selection choices and deliver schedules based on individual requirements. Speaking about her new role, Bernice said, “I was extremely delighted to be appointed Internal Sales and Specifications Rep for Hevac for a number of reasons. The ethos of the company matched my own and they are well known within the industry with a great reputation. Working within this industry is a career for me and I knew, with Hevac, it was the right step to take to bring me to the next level.” Bernice moved from London to Ireland in 2006. Settling in rural Co. Meath, she enjoys the change of pace. “Being a single mum, I don’t get a lot of spare time, but I do like being out in nature; walks, the beach and reading a good book.” T: +353 (0) 4191970 www.hevac.ie

WILLYOUTAKETHEECOSEAL CHALLENGE?

With the help of a number of well-known faces from across the construction industry Geocel has launched the ecoSEAL Challenge. Part of a six-month campaign to encourage trade to reduce plastic waste, the company is offering you the chance to take up the challenge and try the ecoSEAL system yourself, for free. A number of trade influencers have already taken the challenge and documented their experiences, including Julian Perryman, Roger Bisby and Wayne De Wet. If you’re interested, Geocel will post you an ecoSEAL product to try, absolutely free. You can choose from: Painters Mate, DOWSIL ecoSEAL 785+, DOWSIL ecoSEAL 796, DOWSIL ecoSEAL 799 or Geocel ecoSEAL THE WORKS PRO sealant and adhesive – and you’ll receive an ecoSEAL sleeve, which can be used up to 75 times. Film your own product review and post it to Geocel’s social media channels and you’ll be in with a chance to win a £500 voucher. A new winner will be chosen by Geocel every month. See who else has taken the ecoSEAL Challenge so far: www.youtube.com/watch?v=shdUcKwTH_g To register for a free ecoSEAL sleeve and foil of your choice, visit: https://www. geocel.co.uk/will-you-take-the-ecoseal-challenge/ or look out for the posts on Geocel’s Facebook page.

PHOENIXMEETS: ANEWINSIGHTTOENERGYTRANSITION

With an ever-increasing focus on carbon emissions, Phoenix Natural Gas is working with a range of industry experts to help consumers understand the steps being taken across the energy sector to deliver a net-zero carbon future. Phoenix Meets, a new online series, will see Jonathan Martindale, Director of Business Development at Phoenix Natural Gas meet with leading energy figures to help break down the challenges and potential solutions for decarbonisation. Joining Jonathan in the first episode of the series was Thomas Byrne, Director of Energy Strategy at the Department for the Economy NI.

Jonathan said, “We were delighted to feature Thomas and access his insights on future local energy strategy for the first episode and look forward to highlighting the opportunity for biomethane and hydrogen injection into the existing gas grid as a further enabler for carbon reductions in future episodes as Phoenix Meets continues to develop.”

Jonathan Martindale, Director of Business Development at Phoenix Natural Gas meets Thomas Byrne, Director of Energy Strategy at the Department for the Economy who featured in the first episode of Phoenix Meets, a new online series offering insights into the journey to a net-zero carbon future.

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NEWS

WILOTEAM’S 1,700-MILE VIRTUAL CYCLEFOR UKCANCER CHARITY

NEWCHAIRELECTED TOHHIC

Steve Keeton, Director of External Affairs and Future Portfolio at Vaillant Group UK, has been elected as the new chair of the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council, HHIC. Steve has been in the industry since leaving University, working with Vaillant Group as UK R&D Director from 2000, then in 2008 as their Commercial Head of System Technologies

Steve Keeton, HHIC Chair 2021.

Mark Mills, Wilo’s Northern Ireland Area Sales Manager, got on his bike to help his company team stack up 1,700 virtual miles in a charity cycle to raise funds for Maggie’s cancer support centres. Wilo colleagues embarked on a challenge to virtually cycle from Wilo UK HQ in Burton-Upon- Trent, Staffordshire to the new state-of-the-art Wilopark factory in Dortmund, Germany. Because of the current travel

and has since progressed to his current role of Director of External Affairs and Future Portfolio. Stewart Clements, Director, HHIC said, “Steve has worked within the industry for many years and has long been an active supporter of the HHIC. His work epitomises the longstanding commitment to high standards and future thinking, which we champion. “HHIC’s outgoing chair Andrew Keating, Group Service Director at BDR Thermea Group has been a pivotal part of HHIC during his tenure, working in many areas from business transformation, innovation to Government policy. “I want to thank both Andrew and Steve for their commitment and also for giving up their time to share their expertise.” ww.hhic.org.uk

restrictions put in place due to the pandemic, the Wilo team made up the total mileage ‘virtually’ on static exercise bikes set up at Wilo’s HQ and out and about individually on road bikes. Maggie’s is a charity providing free cancer support and information in centres across the UK and online. Lee Tebbatt, Managing Director of Wilo UK - a leading manufacturer of water pumps and pump systems - commented, “At Wilo, we’re not ones to shy away from a challenge so we thought an extremely ambitious cycle ride was a great way to raise those all-important funds, as well as getting the team together for a bit of fun as lockdown restrictions begin to ease.” All funds raised will go direct to Maggie’s, donate here: www.justgiving.com/ campaign/wilocycle2021 T: +44 (0)7794 337634 - E: mark.mills@wilo.com - www.wilo.com

LOCALISED, REAL-TIMESUPPLY INFOFROM IRISHWATER

Customers can now get quick access to relevant information on their water supply, based on where they live, thanks to the rollout of a new Irish Water website. The changes will allow people around the country to immediately see what works and projects are ongoing in their locality by setting their location at www.water.ie. This is already proving helpful for customers experiencing issues such as water outages. A quick look at the Irish Water website immediately tells them what the issue is, the areas affected and when it will be rectified. With over 900,000 users on the site every year, this revamp will ensure water.ie continues to provide an essential public service.

Irish Water keeps customers informed across multiple platforms 24/7, including: www.water.ie, Twitter channels @IWCare and @IrishWater, on Facebook and LinkedIn and through their 24-hour customer care helpline: 1800 278 278.

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Feel the ‘Pulse’ from Ideal Energy

STUART TURNER LAUNCHES PULSE RANGE OF HIGH EFFICIENCY CIRCULATORS… ,

I deal Energy Distributors is a stockist of Stuart Turner’s newly launched range of commercial circulators for HVAC applications. The ‘Pulse’ range features high efficiency ErP compliant pumps in a variety of sizes, with both single and twin head options for Rp1½ to DN80. The range also contains secondary hot water circulators of bronze construction. The product release marks yet another move from the renowned domestic water boosting manufacturers to become a major player in the HVAC market, having recently acquired pressurisation and hot water generation specialists Mikrofill. Pulse circulators come loaded with energy-saving features and provide Installers and specifiers

with versatile options whatever their requirements might be. The pumps are driven by high efficiency permanent magnet motors with EEI ratings as low as <0.20 and are capable of self- modulating in order to only deliver what flow is required based on demand. This operating mode offers the greatest energy savings of up to 90% compared to old- style fixed speed pumps. Other operating modes include constant speed, night mode and fully automatic mode. Dimensionally, they compare well with products already in the market and in most cases, will act as quick and easy replacements with no pipework modification required. They feature a simple-to- install electrical connection with no

need to remove any terminal box. They are also designed as single or twin variable-speed pumping aggregates where the speed is regulated by electronic device. The Pulse pump constantly measures pressure and flow and adjusts the speed according to the set pump mode. The electronically controlled wet running circulating pump is ideal for use with all heating systems, air conditioning, closed cooling circuits and industrial systems, in accordance with VDI 2035. The Pulse pump offers five digital operating modes: Automatic mode - The pump finds the optimal operating position and automatically sets the operating pressure.

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“Pulse circulators come loaded with energy-saving features and provide installers and specifiers with versatile options whatever their requirement might be.”

Features

Night mode - When the pump is operating in night mode, it automatically switches between the current mode and night mode. The Pulse range is set to build on the success of Stuart Turner’s existing ST range of domestic circulators, offering solutions for single dwelling premises all the way up to larger commercial properties. Did you know? The continuously rated, simple- to-commission Stuart Pulse Circulator range offers the lowest maximum power consumption and leads the market in energy efficiency.

Proportional pressure - The pump maintains the pressure with relation to the current flow. The pressure is equal to the set pressure. Constant pressure - The pump maintains the currently set pressure. Constant speed - The pump operates with the currently set speed. Night mode - When the pump is

operating in night mode, it automatically switches between the current mode and night mode. The Pulse range is set to build on the success of Stuart Turner’s existing ST range of domestic circulators, offering solutions for single dwelling premises all the way up to larger commercial properties.

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lunaSchwank GAS-FIRED INFRAREDRADIANTHEATERRANGE

FEATURES: • Easy handling - no gas bottles required • An average of 62% energy savings due to advanced infrared burner technology • No storing or chaining of units necessary • No seat losses thanks to space saving installation • Immediate and pleasant heat • Uniform and balanced temperature distribution • Stable combustion due toWindSecure System - a true advantage especially in coastal areas • Easy ignition • All-year use of outdoor areas

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For further information contact: Hevac Limited, Muirfield, Naas Road, Dublin, D12 X0A3 Paul Devereux, Specification Manager T : 00353 (0)1 419 1919 M : 00353 (0)86 1738060 E : paul.devereux@hevac.ie W : www.hevac.ie

OUTDOOR HEATING

HEVAC OFFERS NEW TECHNICALLY ADVANCED PATIO HEATERS FOR THE HOSPITALITY SECTOR…

Hevac heats upoutdoor hospitalitymarket

H evac has a reputation for the diversity of its product portfolio, and especially for the quality of the products from the market-leading brands the company represents. Schwank, a global market leader in the manufacture of gas-fired infrared radiant heaters, is a typical example. Many hotels, restaurants, pubs and cafes in Ireland and overseas have already benefited from Schwank’s high performance, energy- efficient, gas-fired outdoor heaters. Their recently launched lunaSchwank range - stocked by Hevac - is an exciting new development for management and customers alike, combining the latest advances in radiant heating technology with elegant cutting-edge design. Capable of being wall-mounted or installed on an overhead structure, lunaSchwank heaters are not intrusive so, unlike conventional mushroom patio heaters, they do not take up valuable terrace space. This offers hospitality venues the opportunity to create more covers and open areas. Schwank’s patio heaters, which run on natural gas but can also operate with propane or butane gas, offer average

lunaSchwank patio heaters can run on natural gas as well as propane and butane gas.

energy savings of 62% when compared with conventional patio heating systems. This means that they contribute both cost and environmental benefits to locations where they are installed. FEATURES Available from Hevac, lunaSchwank heaters provide comfortable heat, activated by a single switch and felt almost immediately. Heat is distributed uniformly evenly across large terraces without the separated hot spots

associated with mushroom heaters. Two-stage modulation enables users to reduce heating temperature by half, cutting energy consumption and adding to customer comfort. Like previous ranges of Schwank patio heaters, lunaSchwank is ideal for all weathers, incorporating a highly effective rain protection hood and Schwank’s unique WindSecure system, which ensures that the heater’s flame is almost completely wind-resistant; a great asset particularly in coastal and windy areas. Gas-fired infrared radiant heaters generate radiation, which is transferred into heat once it reaches objects and people. So, the air is not heated directly, and heat is felt almost instantaneously. The lunaSchwank range is sold by Hevac alongside the well-established Schwank terrasSchwank patio heaters, and comprises three fully pre-assembled models measuring 752mm, 936mm and 1120mm in width. For more information on the lunaSchwank range available from Hevac, speak to Paul Devereux, Specification Manager Hevac on: +353 (01)4191919 / +353 (0)86 1738060 or email: paul.devereux@hevac.ie. Visit www.hevac.ie for details of their full range of products.

“Schwank’s patio heaters offer average energy savings of 62% when compared with conventional patio heating systems.”

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TRAINING

Niall Duffy, General Manager, Floortherm Renewables.

The Floortherm Renewables team.

FREE INSTALLER TRAINING COURSES WILL HELP BOOST PLUMBER REVENUE AND GROW FLOORTHERM’S SERVICE PARTNER NETWORK… Training is vital tomax potential of renewable energy

I n a sector that is evolving technologically as rapidly as the renewable heating field, it’s vital that plumbers and installers train up on the latest products to stay ahead of the curve, says Floortherm’s new General Manager, Niall Duffy. Taking over the reins at the start of June 2021, Niall immediately focused the company’s efforts on developing a range of free installation training courses on the Daikin Altherma heat pump product range, the Vent Axia mechanical ventilation heat recovery systems along with all other product pillars supplied by Floortherm. Previously a member of Floortherm’s design team before leaving to join Daikin Ireland, Niall returned to the Newry-based firm armed with hands on understanding of the importance of training from the

installer point of view. “Our training courses aim to provide mechanical contractors and installers with the knowledge and skill base to enable them to resolve issues on site without having to rely on our engineering team,” explained Niall. “They will understand the systems, how to commission and service the units as well as learn basic fault- finding tips. “Also, they’ll be able to provide the home- owner with system demos and show them the key components during system handover. The home-owner will then have a better understanding about the operating system and how to make it run as efficiently as possible.”

distributors of underfloor heating and renewable systems to the market in Ireland and is committed to delivering fully designed, energy-efficient products and systems to installers, merchants, contractors and self-builders. Their main product ranges include Daikin Altherma heat pumps, Vent Axia mechanical ventilation heat recovery systems along with bespoke Floortherm- branded underfloor heating solutions. “We also provide the full range of M&E schematics for every installation that leaves our Sustainable Home Centre,” said Niall. “Our design team caters for underfloor heating design for domestic, residential or commercial projects - all designed to the latest European regulations. On the ground, our engineering team looks after all our on-

INDUSTRY EXPERTS Floortherm is one of the largest

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Free installer training available from Floortherm’s Sustainable Home Centre in Newry

The Floortherm Design Team - Niall Kane and Patrick Garvey.

Fully working Daikin heat pumps at the training facility.

Fully stocked warehouse.

HANDS-ON TRAINING Floortherm’s training facilities include two working Daikin heat pump units as well as a range of demo units, so installers get hands- on experience working with the products. “We also have working models of Vent Axia heat recovery units to provide training on balancing and commissioning of the heat recovery system,” added Niall. “Technology advances in this sector all the time; and by providing these courses, Floortherm can train and give installers the tools to stay on top of industry changes.” FORWARD LOOKING Floortherm is growing from strength to strength, performing strongly even during the Covid-19 lockdowns. “We are lucky that our product range allows us to expand into both the new build and retrofit market,” explained Niall. “For example, the new Daikin’s Altherma HHT unit can work with existing piping and radiators and entirely replace an existing oil boiler. “Renewable heating is an exciting industry to be in,” concluded Niall. “We’ve come through the Covid-19 in a strong position, thankfully, and we hope that it continues to go that way.”

site training and commissioning assistance to all installers.” Floortherm’s Sustainable Home Centre training facilities will host the company’s free installer courses, delivered at three levels: basic, advanced and service partner. “If you’ve never installed a heat pump before or if you have a long list of installations under your belt, this market is constantly developing, so there is much to learn at all levels of proficiencies,” said Niall. “Manufacturers regularly launch new products along with efficiency and design upgrades for existing models of heat pumps and heat recovery units. If you are in the installation business, it is essential to keep on top of everything that is coming out, and to have the knowledge to keep customers advised on what is available. “If an installer wants to come and just get product knowledge or get into the servicing side of the business, we have the training facilities to provide that service for them. We see this as an opportunity to train and empower the installers so they are in complete control of their installation.”

Installer TrainingCourses

The courses will run monthly, beginning in August and will target three skill levels: Basic Installer: Basic installer course, examines the new Daikin and Vent Axi products as they emerge and the advantages of each product. Advanced installer: Covers system set up for commissioning, fault- finding and servicing. Service partner: Examines major fault errors and training installers up to work alongside Floortherm engineers to help cover warranty claims across the range. Course numbers: Limited to 10 due to Covid-19 restrictions. Extra course dates will be organised to accommodate high demands.

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NEW PRODUCT RANGE

NanoSealants ENVI RONMENTALLY FR I ENDLY

• Wood Protection • Natural Stone & Concrete Protection • Mould & Fungus Remover

• Floor & Wall Cleaner • Glass Cleaner • Drain Opener • Concrete & Brick Protection

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SEALANTS

Gavin Cairns, Sealants NI.

LEADING SEALANT AND ADHESIVES DISTRIBUTOR BRINGS FIRST ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY NANO SEALANT RANGE TO NI… SealantsNI products save you time andmoney

S ealants NI is the Ireland distributor for the fastest-growing, multi- surface construction sealant and adhesive in the marketplace, OB1 – an anchor product in the industry for over 15 years and a formulation found in builders merchants island-wide. Previously trading for 14 years as C-Tec Belfast, Sealants NI was founded by Gavin Cairns in 2020, with the aim “to bring quality sealants and adhesives to North-

wall cleaner, glass cleaner and drain opener – also available from Sealants NI. The young company is warehoused in Lisburn, with easy access to major road networks providing an excellent distribu- tion service to their main clients: builders and plumbers merchants, hardware and DIY stores and glazing companies across Ireland, north and south of the border. Gavin understands the needs of the con- struction industry well. He has been selling to builders merchants for over 30 years; specialising in sealants and adhesives for the past 17. “We don’t just sell a product,” said Gavin, “we have spent many years building relationships with merchants and their customers by supporting them and explaining how our products work. “We’re on the road a lot, travelling to demo mornings and trade shows in order to display just how impressive these products are and how they will save time and money on jobs.” This hard graft, along with strong social media, web and advertising campaigns, is

paying off with a strong market uptake following last year’s lockdowns. “As more customers see for themselves just how effective and efficient the OB1 and Arita ranges are, our sales will continue to grow,” predicted Gavin. “Looking to the future, our aim is to be- come the main supplier for sealants and adhesives in the whole of Ireland.” Sealants NI can be contacted via their

website: www.SealantsNI.com or phone: +44 (0)28 9252 8090.

ern Ireland at affordable prices.” To back up that mission, Gavin has

recently launched a brand-new, environ- mentally friendly Nano sealant range into the Northern Ireland market – Arita. This technically advanced product range seals construction surfaces such as stone, brick, concrete, wood, metal etc. down to the Nano level with minimal change to the surface appearance, protecting buildings against the elements and increasing their lifespan. The Arita sealant range is complemented by mould and fungus remover, floor and

SealantsNI Arita product range: • Wood protection • Natural stone & concrete protection • Concrete & brick protection • Mould & fungus remover • Floor & wall cleaner

• Glass cleaner • Drain opener

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NEWS

AJ Plumbing Supplies celebrated two special members of the branch network over the summer. Joe McCaighy, Bathroom Sales Consultant at AJ Plumbing Supplies’ Banbridge branch begins his retirement following a special thank you presentation from Managing Director, Jim O’Brien. Joe has been with the company for a number of years and has been a popular employee at the Banbridge branch. At the company’s Ballynahinch branch, Michelle Hemsley recently completed 25 years’ service, a landmark occasion. Joe and Michelle both received a small gift and cake in appreciation for their loyalty, commitment and service to the company over their many years working at AJ Plumbing Supplies. AJ PLUMBING SUPPLIESREWARD LONGSERVICE

Tank Twomey takes delivery of Pipelife’s contribution to his Goodness Army Build team’s charity build project.

PIPELIFEHELPSMAKEMAGICHAPPEN

Pipelife Ireland are throwing their weight behind Tank Twomey and his group of volunteers who are building a home for a young autistic boy and his family. Tank is founder of the Goodness Army Build Team, which took part in the RTE DIY Big Build TV show in 2020. From their involvement in that project, Tank got the idea to help other families in need, like Adam’s. Adam is seven-years-old and has a severe form of Autism. He is non-verbal with sensory issues, but is a warm and loving child with a smile that would melt your heart. At the moment, the family are living in a mobile home between Rossmore and Upperchurch in Co. Tipperary. They were trying to fix up the house they had bought, but the work that was needed was overwhelming. The house needs total refurbishment to bring it up to living standard. This is where the

Goodness Army Build Team came on board to build a new home for them. All of the work is done voluntarily and they have a Go Fund me page to help offset the costs of the build. “Tank got in touch with us to see if we would help them out by providing the pipework for the plumbing and heating aspect of the house which we were delighted to do, and something that we will continue to do in the future with Tank,” said Timmy Mullins from Pipelife. “Tradesmen from all over the country are giving up their time every weekend to go and work on this new build. This is truly amazing and as Tank himself would say, “When good meets good you can create magic!” You can donate to this great cause here: www.gofundme.com/f/a-home-for- adam-2021

MYLIFE’S SEVENSEVENSCHARITYCLIMB During 2021, family and friends of MyLife Bathrooms will take part in a variety of fundraising events to raise vital funds for their four chosen charity partners: Cancer Fund for Children, Down Right Brilliant, Air Ambulance Northern Ireland and Ronald McDonald House. Devastatingly, COVID-19 has forced many charities across Northern Ireland to cancel their fundraising activities throughout 2020/21 and left them experiencing difficulties accessing much-needed funds. Committed to lending their support, MyLife Bathrooms will match all money raised throughout the year and will be split equally amongst the charities in December 2021. Their first event of the year will see #TeamMyLife tackle ‘The Seven Sevens’ in the infamous Mourne Mountains – an 18-mile test of endurance along Slieve Donard, Slieve Commedagh, Slieve Lamaghan, Slieve Binnian, Slieve Meelbeg, Slieve Meelmore and Slieve Bearnagh. To keep up-to-date with their fundraising activities or donate, visit www. mylifebathrooms.com. Remember, every penny counts as all money raised will be matched and split between four very-important charities.

Jim O’Brien, MD, AJ Plumbing Supplies, presents Joe McCaighy with his retirement cake.

Michelle Hemsley, pictured with Jim O’Brien, MD, AJ Plumbing Supplies.

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L-R The Engineering department, Luke Farren, Chris Brown, Kyle Murphy and Cormac Ryan.

The O’Rourke family celebrate 10 years in business. Pictured L-R is Pauline, Niamh, Darren and Mark.

Anthony O’Conaill, Chief Operations Officer and Mark O’Rourke, Managing Director.

DURING WHAT WERE SOME OF THE MOST DIFFICULT TIMES IN THE IRISH CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, MARK O’ROURKE TOOK A BIG STEP INTO THE UNKNOWN… The early days

A fter talking through the risks and options with his wife Pauline, and with her support, Mark O’Rourke founded M&P Mechanical in 2011. With nearly 30 years of experience in the industry at the time and a long list of contacts to work through, he set about getting some work. Construction had very limited activity in 2011, maintenance and small housing upgrades was where the work could be found. Frank Fahy, of Shannon Homes Dublin had a good relationship with Mark from previous years and having heard that he was looking for work, reached out to him. By the middle of 2012, Mark had a team of four working with him, and things were only getting started. Shannon Homes Dublin had planning for a 101-unit apartment complex in Stillorgan. When

Frank asked him to take on the project in 2013, it seemed like a mountain to climb. However, never afraid of taking on a challenge, Mark rolled up his sleeves and started pricing and planning the works. EXPANSION McElligott Consultanting Engineers were tasked with the design of St. Raphael’s on the Upper Kilmaccud Road, which became Mark’s first District Heating Project. He expanded his team at that point, most of whom now hold senior project and management roles at M&P Mechanical. At the centre of the District Heating System was a commercial plantroom, and needing someone with a background in commercial projects, Mark hired Anthony O’Conaill who is now the company’s Chief Operations Officer. M&P Mechanical quickly streamlined

the District Heating System installation process and by 2015, the steadily growing company was working on its fifth District Heating Project. Looking for new opportunities to grow, Mark and Anthony headed to Nenagh for ABP Foods to carry out a complete building upgrade. With TJ Collier as the Project Manager, M&P delivered a full stainless- steel design and install over the course of 24 months without the plant ever fully stopping. The company now had a plan. Mark set out his targets, restructured the company in 2016, and set up a Dublin office to service the lengthening list of clients. This client base now included some well-known names like Shannon Homes Dublin, Cosgrave Developments, ABP Food Group, Shannon Homes Drogheda and Urban Life Developments.

Head Office: M&P Mechanical, Derrycammagh, Castlebellingham, Dundalk, Co. Louth T: +353 (0)42 9379 090 - E: info@mandp.ie - www.mandpmechanical.ie Dublin Office: Blackglen Village Centre, Ticknock, Sandyford, Dublin T: 18 +353 (0)15 180 580

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M&P Mechanical team – front row: Catrina O’Connor, Ann Adeyemo, Niamh O’Rourke, Gemma Lawless, back row: Chris Brown, TJ Collier, Luke Farren, Sarah Phelan, Cormac Ryan, Mark O’Rourke and Kyle Murphy.

WITH THE NEXT GENERATION OF O’ROURKE’S NOWWORKING WITHIN THE COMPANY, MARK WAS KEEN TO MEET THE TARGETS HE WAS SETTING FOR THE COMPANY… M&P - Next generation

D uring the late 2010s, M&P Mechanical continued to expand in both residential and commercial projects. And with key Project Managers in place like Chris Brown, Aidan Kerr, Daren O’Neill, TJ Collier, Peter McGeeney, the company was starting to get a name for quality and high standards. By the end of 2017, M&P Mechanical’s hard work started to return some fortune, landing them the District Heating Project of the Year award. This was followed in 2018 by the public sector’s Excellence in Business Award. As 2018 rolled around, M&P Mechanical was ahead of its targets, and with the momentum going in their favour, Mark and Anthony signed on to deliver a 120,000sqft CAT B fit-out for the American office giant WeWork. As one

of the company’s largest projects and shortest time frames at just 12 weeks, it was all hands-on-deck. With Chris Brown as the Project Manager and with a team of 90 onsite working under him, it was testament to the quality of his team that the project was delivered on time. Darren O’Neill was in the thick of project managing the company’s ninth District Heating Project through 2018, which went on to win District Heating Project of the Year in 2019, and was the first NZEB apartment project completed. This was M&P Mechanical’s fourth District Heating Project for Cosgrave Developments. But Mark isn’t just concerned with developing his company’s project portfolio. He has been on a personal crusade to invest time and effort in

bringing new talent into the industry through apprenticeships. With around 12 apprentices on site each day, Mark’s commitment to fulfilling his goal can’t be dismissed. In fact, during its 10 years in existence, M&P Mechanical has put 15 apprentices (including Mark’s son Darren) through to be qualified - a source of great pride for him. “By the end of 2017, M&P Mechanical’s hard work started to return some fortune, landing them the District Heating Project of the Year award.”

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Darren O’Rourke and TJ Collier on site.

Elaine Ward, Accounts Manager.

IN EARLY 2019, M&P MECHANICAL’S SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM MET TO DISCUSS THE COMPANY’S NEXT STEPS… Diversification and foreign fields

W ith thousands of housing units delivered, M&P Mechanical saw an opening to offer an aftercare service; and so a maintenance division was born. Looking for a person to fill the lead role, Mark O’Rourke MD sat down with Ultan Toner, who had started out his plumbing career with M&P Mechanical. No easy task and with a growing number of customers and referrals, the maintenance division quickly expanded into a large team. With the success Mark was experiencing, the Dublin office had to triple in size. The company now needed a full-time Purchasing Manager to lead the team in the office, and Sarah Phelan - who started with M&P in 2016 - was asked to step in to the role. Expanding into new space, investing in technology to streamline the back of

house systems and increasing project sizes, meant that cash management was key to the backbone of the company. Accounts Manager, Elaine Ward, needed assistance - a new Financial Manager was needed, and Mark hired Niamh O’Rourke, his daughter, to fill the role. To cater for the growing technical demands for the projects, the engineering and CAD team increased. To keep an eye on the standard of information going through the Engineering Department, Kyle Murphy, Senior Engineer, took the lead. Having being placed with the company during his time in college, he was a welcome asset when he finished college and joined M&P Mechanical full time. And with more space, came bigger plans. Having had great success with WeWork, COO, Anthony O’Conaill

was asked to travel to Germany and appraise some local work in Berlin. In a short time, the GmbH leg of the company was formed. Through 2019 and early 2020, M&P Mechanical started to find its feet in the German market, delivering four office fit-outs and looking to expand further. FUTURE POSITIVE It is evident by the high level of staff retention from the early days along with the great family atmosphere at the 10-year anniversary celebration, that Mark has built more than just a business. With such a strong first 10 years and with Mark’s young family now in key positions within the company ready to take it forward in years to come, M&P Mechanical is a company to watch in the future.

Head Office: M&P Mechanical, Derrycammagh, Castlebellingham, Dundalk, Co. Louth T: +353 (0)42 9379 090 - E: info@mandp.ie - www.mandpmechanical.ie Dublin Office: Blackglen Village Centre, Ticknock, Sandyford, Dublin T: 18 +353 (0)15 180 580

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Mark O’Rourke, Managing Director.

MARK O’ROURKE AND ANTHONY O’CONAILL SHARE THEIR VIEWS ON THE INDUSTRY, WHAT MAKES THE BUSINESS SUCCESSFUL AND THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING YOUR HANDS DIRTY… Everyday challenges, achievements and rewards

P&H: What was your industry background prior to M&P Mechanical? Mark: My background goes back some 40 years, when I started my apprenticeship working long hours and gaining experience in business from all walks of life. Anthony: I started as an apprentice plumber, then completed a two-year night course for accountancy and to round it off, went on to study engineering for three years. P&H: What are your biggest challenges as MD and COO of M&P Mechanical Ltd? Mark: My biggest challenge was taking the road that took me on the challenging yet rewarding journey that has led me to where I am now. Anthony: Every day the challenges are different. On any given day, whatever

Anthony: We talk daily, and try to keep things casual. We encourage everyone to put ideas forward. If they feel they’re making a difference, it motivates them and brings everyone along together. P&H: What are the major challenges facing your industry going forward, in your opinion? Mark: Higher material costs and higher living costs which will have an impact on labour costs to employers, and of course, the huge changes to green energy regulations and requirements. Anthony: Staffing is an ongoing battle. Also, I think the demand for overly detailed method statements and how to plan has removed some people’s willingness and ability to think on their feet and work problems out.

the client needs sorting out is the only challenge that matters at that time.

P&H: What inspires you to go to work every day? Mark: I love my work and every day brings its own challenges, achievements and rewards. Anthony: I like the challenge of trying to do things that others won’t. In the industry now, nothing is impossible, as long as you can think it out, plan it out and have the right team to deliver. P&H: How do you keep your team/staff motivated? Mark: I would like to think it’s because I am always very fair and hands on with all my employees and not afraid to muck in and get my hands dirty, if necessary.

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Congratulations to M+P Mechanical celebrating 10 years in business.

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Impressive projects - Charlotte & Leona Apartments, Dublin.

Anthony O’Conaill Chief Operations Offiicer.

Bridgefield Apartments.

P&H: How have Covid-19 and Brexit impacted your business strategy? Mark: We experienced losses in turnover and revenue during the Covid-19 pandemic period and also major price increases on materials due to supply shortage and additional import duties and taxes as a result of Brexit. Anthony: Yes, we have had to change our working model and operational approach to projects. It requires a lot more planning and this is always on a knife edge.

P&H: If you could employ anybody from the worlds of business or sport, who would it be and why? Mark: Frank Fahy, Shannon Homes. He is so well respected in the construction industry; has a wonderful forward vision and always get his business plans across the line. Anthony: Elon Musk. The belief he has in his ideas and his commitment to seeing it through is unmatched. P&H: What’s the best advice you’ve been given, or would give, in business? Mark: Take it step-by-step and get to know the people you are working for. Keep the business small at the start and grow your business with the people you know and trust. Anthony: Don’t burn your bridges, because everyone makes mistakes and you always need to be able to ask for help. P&H: What have been your company’s highlights over the past years? Mark: To complete the first 10 years in business, with the support of my very patient and understanding wife and family

who are all now involved in the business. We should have no problem meeting new challenges and goals for the next 10 years. Anthony: To see the company grow to where it is - and see so many people still with us. What we are doing is working, but not just for the company, but also for the employees and their families. P&H: What’s next for M&P Mechanical Ltd? Mark: To continue doing what we do best - maintaining a good relationship with our staff and very loyal customers and delivering an excellent service to them all. Anthony: We have plans for the company and things we want to see happen over the next five years, but that really depends on the market, Covid and the government. Right now, we have two road maps and in the next six to twelve months we will be going down one or the other. “We should have no problem meeting new challenges and goals for the next 10 years.”

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PIPEWORK

INTRODUCED BY RWC’S JOHN GUEST BRAND IN 1974, PUSH-FIT TECHNOLOGY IS HERE TO STAY, SAYS BART MARIS, VP OF SALES AND MARKETING RWC… Plastic push-fit inventors reach their 60th anniversary

Bart Maris, VP, Sales and Marketing RWC.

E stablished in 1961, RWC’s John Guest brand created the push-fit concept for compressed air in 1974 – a technology that has found its application in many industries and continues to evolve. The advantages of plastic push-fit pipes and fittings are well known throughout the plumbing industry. They are versatile, durable, and easy to transport and install. It is also by far the easiest of the four main fitting types to work with - even in confined spaces. Compared to compression fittings, soldering, and press-fit, push-fit requires no tools to install or demount, offering up to 40%

WHEN TRUST MATTERS Naturally, one of the biggest barriers to adoption in any industry is resistance to change. While the evolution of the industry from traditional to modern methods continues rapidly, push-fit technology is constantly proving itself versus traditional methods. This success is down to a robust and rigorous process of manufacturing and quality control, as well as relentlessly working with customers to test, improve and innovate to meet changing needs. Resting on decades of engineering legacy, while also having access to RWC’s wider R&D capabilities, the John Guest brand is on the steady course of coming up with what’s next in the world of push-fit by applying innovative ways of 3D-print prototyping and testing before new solutions are released to the market. The future will continue this focus and see the introduction of more products that help industries to streamline, innovate and achieve process and production efficiencies. For more information about the benefits of push-fit technology, as well as the marking of John Guest’s anniversary, celebrating ’60 Years of Trust’, visit www.rwc.com/johnguest

decreased installation time. With no requirement for blowtorches, solder and cleaning agents, installation is not only faster, it offers far fewer health and safety risks. Beyond the benefits to installers, push- fit technology stands to benefit the industry as a whole. With construction and renovation projects on the increase, redoubled government focus on investment in housing and infrastructure, and a shortage of skilled labour, efficiency is key. Using technology that offers speed and reliability could help free up installers by improving efficiency, allowing construction projects to proceed apace. While speed and efficiency are vital, quality is paramount. John Guest’s plastic push-fit fittings are engineered to very high standards and go through rigorous testing, passing the necessary BSI and WRAS standards and delivering a leak- tight connection. The capability to engineer truly bespoke solutions has led to unique uses for push- fit technology all over the world, including applications as diverse as tractors and agricultural machinery in Africa, algae feeding systems in New Zealand, and inhalation therapy in Portugal.

Speedfit Twist & Lock from John Guest.

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