Dec 16, 2008

BER COMBINED COURSES


Dear Environmental Consultants,

In these recessionary times few opportunities exist and very few markets are growing. Building Energy Rating (BER) is rare opportunity, up to 2000 assessors are required to service this growth market, and presently there are only 945 SEI registered assessors to meet this demand.

From the 1st of January 2009 all dwellings (houses) offered for sale, rent, or lease require a BER rating, In excess of 150,000 buildings will require a BER certificate every year. The BER assessment market will be worth in excess of €72 million per year.

Chevron Training – Ireland's largest energy training provider – have scheduled a nationwide programme of combined (new and existing dwellings) courses to run prior to the January 31st FETAC deadline. These are 6 day intensive courses, delivered by Irelands most experienced team of BER assessor trainers, all courses include a site visit and all students are provided with continuing assess to Chevron's highly acclaimed student support service.

For further information, please visit our BER dedicated website www.chevrontraining.ie or LoCall Mr. Dave Collins on 1890 252 755.

Regards,

Dave Collins

Course Manager

Renewable Installers Course

Chevron Training

Dec 12, 2008

WARM DRINKS FOR TRENDY COMMUTERS - Monday 15th to Friday 19th

Next week, Cork City Council will offer warm drinks to those who cycle, walk and use public transport. Warm drinks will be distributed between 8.00 am and 10.00 am in key city centre areas. Do not hesitate to call up.

 

WARM DRINKS FOR TRENDY COMMUTERS

 

From Monday 15th December to Friday 19th December - From 8.00 am to 10.00 am

 

§           Monday 15th December: Grand Parade Pavement (in front of Central Library)

§           Tuesday 16th December: College Road (in front of UCC Gate)

§           Wednesday 17th December: Emmet Place (in front of Opera House)

§           Thursday 18th December: Paul Street (in front of  Tesco Shopping Centre)

§           Friday 19th December: Oliver Plunkett Street (in front of General Post Office)

 

                                                                                                                                                    

Dec 4, 2008

RAW -- Has the Green washed out of Ireland?

ALTHOUGH IRELAND HAS CHAMPIONED MANY NEW GREEN INITIATIVES SUCH AS
TAXING PLASTIC BAGS, PROMOTING ENERGY SAVING BULBS, CHARGING FOR BIN
COLLECTION PER BIN WHILST NOT CHARGING FOR THE GREEN BIN, BANNING
SMOKING IN THE WORK PLACE; IT IS POTENTIALLY LOSING ITS GREEN MANTLE
TO OTHER CITIES AND COUNTRIES WHO ARE NOW CHAMPIONING CARBON ZERO
CITIES. THESE NEW CITIES INCLUDE MASDAR IN DUBAI (WITH MIT) AND
DONGTAN IN SHANGHAI, CHINA (WITH EPSRC, UCL). IRELAND NEEDS IT OWN
INTERNATIONAL CARBON ZERO INITIATIVE SUCH AS GREENPRINT.

THIS RAW DEBATE IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TRINITY HAUS;
THE CENTRE FOR CONSTUCTION, INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY. PANELISTS
INCLUDE MARK DYER, TRINITY HAUS, MARTIN MCADAM, CHIEF EXECUTIVE
OFFICER, AQUAMARINE POWER LTD, PROF. J OWEN LEWIS, UCD SCHOOL OF
ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE & CIVIL ENGINEERING, GERRY WHITE, MANAGER,
MARKETING & TECHNOLOGY OPPORTUNITIES, ESBI AND MARY WHITE, TD, GREEN
PARTY.

PACCAR THEATRE, SCIENCE GALLERY,
TUESDAY 9TH DECEMBER 19:30.
TICKETS €5 (BOOKING REQUIRED).
BOOK TICKETS HERE

RAW SERIES, A MONTHLY EVENT THAT RESPONDS TO
THE HOTTEST SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STORIES
IN THE MEDIA. SCIENCE GALLERY, PEARSE ST, TRINITY
COLLEGE, DUBLIN 2. T: +353.1.896.4091


Science Gallery is an initiative of Trinity College Dublin

Dec 2, 2008

Fun, Open Performance evening as Fundraiser at An Sanctoir

*Friends for Friends* is an evening filled with song, dance and poetry....or whatever* you* might like to offer!!

Here is a place for performance by friends, for friends. Held at An Sanctoir, Ballydehob, 8pm on Sunday 7th December, this annual event has brought many people together to share in their creativity and have fun.

Acts this year so far include Acapellabella- West Corks World Music Community Choir who will be celebrating their recently launched CD "Songs from Eastern Europe", and Sarah Cunningham together with Tara Brandell who perform beautiful pieces combining dance and the rich tones of the Viola De Gamba.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the evening can book their act by contacting Susy on 028 377192.

The evening is a fundraiser for An Sanctoir. www.ansanctoir.ie

Green Building Courses @ Cultivate Centre

Cultivate in association with EASCA are holding a range of Green Building workshops and courses in the new year that you might be interested in.
All courses are held at Cultivate Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin  and can be booked by calling: 01-6745773

Green Building Course 2009

Wednesday evenings | 7pm | 28 Jan 09 - 4 March 09 | €180

10% discount for EASCA and Cultivate Members 

This six week course for architects, engineers and developers explores the key principles of creating energy efficient and sustainable buildings.  These include method of building, choice of materials, renewable energy options and renovations.  Participants will learn about factors that increase energy efficiency, requirements of Part L of the building regulations and options available to build an A rated home.

Speakers include: Pariac Davis - MCO Environment, Niall Crossan - Ecological Building Systems, Mike Haslam - Solearth Architecture and Joseph Little - Joseph Little Architects, Patrick Duffy - NICER Training

More info: http://www.cultivate.ie/learning/green_building/green_building_course_09.html

Solar Water Heating

Solar Water Heating course for architects and engineers with Quentin Gargin

Monday 2 Feb 7pm - 9pm & Tuesday 3 Feb  7pm - 9pm | €60
10% discount for EASCA and Cultivate members

Solar water heating is fast becoming an integral part of house design. Quite apart from the need for Part L compliance, for a long time prices of equipment have been falling while energy costs have risen, and solar water heating is now a cost-effective source of renewable energy in any new home.

The course (run over two evenings) will explore the pros and cons of different systems – flatplates, vacuum tubes, vacuum flasks, and various options for installation and plumbing, enabling architects and engineers to design and specify safe and effective solar water heating systems.

More info: http://www.cultivate.ie/learning/green_building/solar_water_heating_09.html

Basic Domestic Energy Auditing

Sunday 8 February 09 | 10am - 5pm | €120  
10% discount for Cultivate & √ČASCA Members

This comprehensive one day energy-auditing workshop with Andy Wilson will enable course participants to carry out their own energy audits up to the standard used in the Building Regulation Technical Guidance Document 'L'. The workshop will cover a wide range of conventional and alternative building materials, and will examine the energy relationship between the different components of a building.

More info: http://www.cultivate.ie/learning/green_building/basic_domesite_energy_auditing_3.html

Introduction to Low Cost Design and Construction

Want to build a home for €20,000? Workshop with Andy Wilson

Sunday 22 February 2009 | 10am - 5pm | €95 

10% discount for Cultivate & √ČASCA Members  

This one day theoretical workshop with Andy Wilson will look at simple house design and construction, with the emphasis on very low cost construction using natural and recycled materials. The starting point is the premise that a home should be affordable, pleasant to live in, and should have the lowest possible environmental impact. This course is particularly aimed at young people who want to build an ultra-low cost mortgage-free home in a rural area.

More info: http://www.cultivate.ie/learning/green_building/intro_low_cost_construction.html

Introduction to Wind, Micro-Hydro and Solar PV

Domestic Electricity Production with Quentin Gargin

Wed 11 March 7pm - 9pm & Thurs 12 March 7pm - 9pm | €60
10% discount for EASCA and Cultivate members

This course (two evenings) explores the various options available for creating your own electricity. The primary fuel used to produce electricity at the power station can be as much as three times the power you get from your socket. That's why Part L of the building regulations requires 10kw/m2 solar heating, or just 4kwhr/m2 for electricity production.

Producing clean electricity may be feasible in many one-off houses in Ireland, and this course will discuss how to unlock this untapped potential.


More info: http://www.cultivate.ie/learning/green_building/intro_wind_energy_microhydro_solarpv.html

 

DIY Solar Thermal Workshop

How to make your own high performance solar panel with Andy Wilson

Sunday 5th April 2009 | 10am - 5pm | €120

10% discount for EASCA and Cultivate members

This workshop will look at how to make a high quality solar thermal panel out of recycled materials. Contrary to popular perception, solar panels are not hard to make and the basic materials may cost as little as €50.00. The type of panel featured in this workshop has the capability to heat water to 50 degrees Celsius as early in the year as February and to over 70 degrees on a regular basis during the summer.

By the end of the workshop, a fully operational (and very professional looking) solar panel will have been built, weather- proofed, mounted and plumbed in.  This workshop is aimed at people with little or no previous experience who want to learn how to make their own solar panel. 


More info: http://www.cultivate.ie/learning/green_building/diy_solar_thermal_workshop_feb_09.html

Learn About Renewable Energy in the Home and Grants

For further information please contact: Alison Wickham, Secretary Sustainable Clonakilty 023-35241

RENEWABLE ENERGY INFO MEETING IN CLON THIS THURSDAY

Householders in Clonakilty will be able to hear an experts view on the latest developments in Renewable Energy for domestic dwelling as well as information on grant assistance at this Thursdays (4th) open meeting of Sustainable Clonakilty being held at 8pm at the Quality Hotel.

Joe Jolley, a buildings engineer who works at the Renewable Energy Information Office of Sustainable Energy Ireland will outline to the public a totally unbiased and independent analysis of the various funding options available to homeowners, who might want to convert to renewable forms of energy in their homes, and will also address renewable technologies for the home.

Joe will give out information and advice on the financial, social and technical issues relating to up to date renewable energy development. With energy prices rising, one of the first logical steps anyone should take is to ensure their own dwellings are energy efficient. Very often people find varying opinions in relation to different systems confusing, leaving them wondering what is the best option for them.

Thursdays meeting should help to provide answers to some of these dilemmas.

See also www.sustainableclon .com

Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin,
P.R.O.,
Sustainable Clonakilty