Activities - Seminars

DEEP ENERGY RETRO-FITTING OF EXISTING BUILDINGS COLLOQUIUM

Date: 28th February 2017

Venue: The Greenway Hub, DIT Grangegorman, D7

The Heritage Council and NSCES+CC ran a Colloquium on “Deep Energy Retro-Fitting of Existing Buildings”.

Approximately 25% of Ireland’s currently inhabited residential stock was built before 1960, and is likely to be of traditional breathable, or solid wall construction. The ICOMOS Ireland NSCES+CC, in conjunction with the Heritage Council, organised a ‘Colloquium’ to explore how to reduce energy demand in the existing historic building stock. They wished to facilitate focussed discussion by senior members of the relevant State Departments and other invited guests from statutory bodies, interested third parties and NGOs with a view to formulating a viable approach to this important social and political aim.

Upgrading the thermal efficiency of traditionally-built buildings, particularly those of heritage value, presents new problems and opportunities. The stock of existing buildings becomes more usable if they perform satisfactorily from an energy point-of-view. Environmental benefits accrue only if further use is made of the material resource of the existing building stock, which contains embodied energy, and which, if demolished, would cause other waste disposal problems. The existing vacant housing stock, if returned to use, answers the demand for housing which is also a pressing current societal concern. However, in order to achieve real energy savings, increased comfort and reduced CO2 emissions, the detailed characteristics of existing buildings need to be taken as the starting point for calculation, specification and upgrade works. The colloquium was designed to set out the parameters for overcoming these problems by exploring how to create co-operative institutional arrangements to address knowledge gaps, the provision of correct technical advice and fiscal incentives. 

 

IRELAND’S INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE THE CONSERVATION CHALLENGE – ONE DAY SEMINAR

Date: Thursday 13 October 2016

Venue: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 

Following on from the Industrial Heritage Association’s CPD on Industrial Heritage in 2015, which was supported by ICOMOS Ireland, the IHAI collated a one-day seminar focusing on the challenges facing the heritage sector in the conservation of historic industrial sites. ICOMOS Ireland once again supported this CPD initiative and members of the NSC attended on behalf of ICOMOS Ireland. The seminar presented a number of conservation case studies of local, national and international significance. Following on from the presentations, a structured discussion on the application of the Dublin Principles (joint ICOMOS / TICCIH* Principles for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage Sites, Structures, Areas and Landscapes) as a common standard for industrial heritage conservation was chaired by Sir Neil Cossons; the seminar was held the day after the Annual Maura Shaffrey Lecture.

 

AN INTRODUCTION TO INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE FOR PROFESSIONALS - DAY SEMINAR 

Date: Tuesday 29 September 2015

Venue: Dublin City Council Offices Wood Quay, Dublin 8

This CPD course will be of interest to anyone with a professional interest in the historic built environment, for example archaeologists, architects, engineers, surveyors and planners. The course will present an overview of Ireland's industrial heritage - historical research, site recording, assessment of heritage significance, statutory protection and conservation – to provide a greater awareness and understanding of this important aspect of Ireland's built heritage.

 The one -day course is organised and delivered by the Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland in partnership with ICOMOS Ireland (International Council on Monuments and Sites), TICCIH (The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage) and Dublin City Council. Engineers Ireland, the Institute of Archaeologist s of Ireland, the Royal Institu te of the Architects of Ireland and the Irish Planning Institute support the course. Members of these organisations will be credited with CPD points for their attendance. Interested professionals who are not members are also very welcome to attend.

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