Building Energy Ratings (BER)

BER – What is it? Building Energy Ratings (BER) are a system used to assess and communicate the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings. They provide information to property owners, prospective buyers, and tenants about the energy performance of a building. The primary goals of the BER system in Ireland are to: Promote Energy […]

Complying with HSA Requirements

Complying with HSA Requirements Complying with the HSA in Ireland for a building project Compliance with the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) in Ireland is crucial for ensuring the safety and well-being of workers and the public during construction projects. The HSA enforces health and safety regulations and guidelines in the workplace, including construction sites. […]

BCAR – An Overview

Client Representatives

BCAR – An Overview What is BCAR and why was it introduced? BCAR, which stands for Building Control Amendment Regulations, refers to a set of regulations introduced in Ireland to enhance building control and ensure that construction projects meet specific standards and regulatory requirements. BCAR was introduced in response to several concerns and objectives: Improving […]

Structural Surveys FAQs

Structural Report & Survey

Structural Surveys FAQs Structural surveys, also known as pre-purchase surveys or building surveys, are essential assessments conducted by potential property buyers to evaluate the condition of a building’s structure before purchasing it. Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to structural surveys or pre-purchase surveys: What is a structural survey, and why is it […]

Benefits of Modular Off-Site Construction

Benefits of Modular Off-Site Construction Methods Off-site construction and modularization are construction methods that offer several benefits, both in terms of efficiency and quality, compared to traditional on-site construction. Key advantages: Faster Construction Times: Off-site construction involves the simultaneous manufacturing of building components in a controlled factory environment while site preparation is ongoing. This parallel […]

Timber Framed Vs Concrete Block Construction

Timber Framed Vs Concrete Block Construction Timber-framed construction and conventional concrete block construction each have their own set of pros and cons, and the choice between the two depends on various factors, including local building practices, climate, budget, and personal preferences. Here’s a comparison of the two construction methods specifically in the context of Ireland: […]

Planning Your House Extension – The Steps Involved

Planning Your House Extension – The Steps Involved Planning a house extension in Ireland involves several steps to ensure that your project complies with local regulations and meets your specific needs. Here’s a general outline of the steps involved: Initial Concept and Needs Assessment: Determine why you need the extension (e.g., extra living space, a […]

When do I need planning permission?

Project Management

When do I need planning permission? In Ireland, you generally need planning permission for various types of development and construction activities. The exact requirements can vary depending on factors such as the location of the project, the type of development, and local zoning regulations. Here are some common situations in which you typically need planning […]

What does a Structural Engineer do?

What does a Structural Engineer do? A structural engineer is a professional who specializes in designing, analyzing, and ensuring the safety and stability of structures, such as buildings, bridges, dams, towers, and other infrastructure. Their primary responsibility is to ensure that these structures can withstand various loads, including gravity, wind, seismic forces, and environmental factors, […]

Powder Handling Equipment Upgrade Works

Powder Handling Equipment Upgrades Client: CDGA Engineering Consultants. Location: Waterford, Ireland.   Project Scope Summary: Structural steel design for stainless FIBC (Bulk Bags) handling equipment. The design was required to be ergonomic and GMP compliant to prevent product contamination. We surveyed the existing structure and gathered input from main project stakeholders such as operations, maintenance […]