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Thermal Testing of Building Insulation Materials

Eoghan Frawley & David Kennedy

Want to end Rental Bias? Start Building More Social Housing.

Lorcan Sirr
When the rent supplement was introduced in 1977 for people in financial need within the private rented sector, the intention was that it would be temporary. Almost 40 years on, it is stillwith us.

To Solve Housing Crisis, we Must get over our Problem With Cities

Lorcan Sirr
Housing is a many-headed beast with elements of technology, planning, finance, sociology and of course, politics. At its core, however, it is a simple thing: buildings for people and this is why it’s crucial to keep an eye on our population statistics. Preliminary results fromthe recent census are throwing up some interesting figures, all of which have implications for where we should be focusing our efforts to build housing. The location of our empty houses...

State Must play to Crowd on Renting or Face the Consequences

Lorcan Sirr
In 1895, the French polymath Gustave Le Bon published his seminal work, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind, on the behaviour and danger of crowds. For decades after, Le Bon’s theories influenced generations of politicians and their policies. Le Bon was influential at a time of rapid urbanisation, social upheaval and worker organisation. Social order was under threat and it was feared that “the masses” might break with patriarchy, social order and religion.

The Future Looks Precarious for New Breed of Long-Term Renters

Lorcan Sirr
It is becoming increasingly evident across Europe and Ireland that there may be a generation of people who will never own their own home. This is not necessarily down to direct housing issues such as affordability or supply—there are broader forces at work here. These people have no predictability in their lives and no security. They are a large and growing social class. Yet they are relatively powerless and are at the mercy of forces...

No Landlord Exodus but Still the Same old Eviction Problems

Lorcan Sirr
There has been a lot of discussion this year about concerns that landlords are fleeing the rental market in the face of rent freezes and difficulties in making a profit — but are they? First, it is important to note that it is not the number of landlords in a market that is relevant, it’s the number of tenancies, which is a measure of the size of the sector. The sector has actually expanded in...

The Production of High-Quality Video for E-Learning

Eugene McGovern
As video capture, editing and transmission capabilities become more accessible, video is increasingly being considered when developing e-learning content. However, the skills required for video production are not commonly part of many e-learning developers backgrounds. This paper presents the experiences of academics from the spatial information sciences when developing high quality video content for an on-line e-learning module in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). Video comprises one element of the module and is designed to,...

Single Mode Optical Fiber based Refractive Index Sensor using Etched Cladding

Arun Mallik, Ajay Kumar & Geeta Gupta
The use of optical fiber for sensor applications is a topic of current interest. We report the fabrication of etched single mode optical fiber based refractive index sensor. Experiments are performed to determine the etch rate of fiber in buffered hydrofluoric acid, which can be high or low depending upon the temperature at which etching is carried out. Controlled wet etching of fiber cladding is performed using these measurements and etched fiber region is tested...

Stumbling Block of Social Housing Stalls O’Devaney Gardens

Lorcan Sirr
Last week, Dublin city council (DCC) resolved a dispute with its own councillors over the regeneration of O’Devaney Gardens, a council estate behind Arbour Hill in Dublin. Named after Bishop O’Devaney, who was hanged at Arbour Hill in 1612 as a friend of Tyrone rebel chief Hugh O’Neill, O’Devaney Gardens is a 1950s corporation-built estate of 300 flats in 12 (originally 13) blocks.

Building Regulations are in a Terrible State, but I Have a Solution

Lorcan Sirr
Inspection of buildings by the state during construction and on completion has led to a huge gap in Ireland’s building history. An almost total lack of state inspection—and, since 1990, a reliance on self-regulation —has contributed to situations such as those at Priory Hall in Dublin and Millfield Manor in Kildare.

Strategic Management in Irish Construction Professional Service Firms: A Comparative Study Across Professions

Oluwasegun Seriki & Roisin Murphy
The Irish construction industry has undergone substantial change in the past decade. Following a deep, lengthy recession the improving outlook of the construction sector makes the inquiry into strategy within the firms both timely and appropriate. Determining how construction organizations successfully adapt in a highly turbulent industry is critical to ensure survival in a highly cyclical industry sector. Strategizing in construction professional service firms (CPSFs) is not well documented, and there is little understanding of...

Let’s Look to UK to Solve Problems of our Ageing Population

Lorcan Sirr
Europe is going grey, very grey. In 1800 no country had a life expectancy beyond age 40, but by 2050 one in three people in Europe will be over 60. By then, one in 10 will be over 80—nearly 500,000 people in Ireland. The ageing population will bring its own problems, caused mainly by health, income and government support. Denmark spends about €5,000 a year on social protection in old age; Latvia, Romania and Croatia...

That’s Enough Talking, Let’s Have a Proper Plan for Housing

Lorcan Sirr
On March 31 acting environment minister Alan Kelly assembled the third housing and homeless forum in two years. It brought together housing NGOs, Nama, local authorities and bodies such as the Central Bank and Construction Industry Federation, as well as TDs from all political parties. The forum was interesting for a few reasons. First, the issues facing housing haven’t changed in the past 24 months. If anything, they’ve intensified, but the underlying problems remain the...

Optimal control strategy of UPQC for minimum operational losses

Malabika Basu, Michael Farrell, Michael Conlon, Kevin Gaughan & Eugene Coyle
The paper deals with a new control technique for a unified power quality conditioner (UPQC), which is the most comprehensive of FACTS devices. The problems of power quality continue to gain in significance because of the proliferation of sensitive and harmonic producing loads in electrical networks. Greater awareness among customers with regard to supply integrity and a desire by suppliers to be able to guarantee a certain degree of power quality to customers is being...

Analysis of assessment strategies used in a Level 7, Year 1 engineering subject

Aidan O'Dwyer
This contribution critically analyses the assessment strategies used on the core Electrical Systems subject in the first year of a three-year, Level 7, degree programme in Electrical Engineering at Dublin Institute of Technology. An evidence-based approach is taken, by analyzing the assessment data in detail.

Stewardship of International BIM Programmes: Lessons for Ireland

Barry McAuley, Alan Hore, Roger West & Shiyao Kuang Kuang
The support by central government of national Building Information Modelling (BIM) programmes is common throughout the developed world today. To further understand how the different international governments have supported their BIM programmes the BIM Innovation Capability Programme (BICP) research team in Ireland recently completed a comprehensive Global BIM Study to help inform the National BIM Council (NBC) of Ireland in developing a Roadmap to Digital Transition for Ireland’s Construction Sector. This paper details the findings...

Apartment Living and the Multi-Unit Developments Bill 2009

Lorcan Sirr

Efficiency Gains to be Won Through the Introduction of Electronic Tendering in the Construction Industry

Alan V. Hore

Butter Block Preparation for Laminated Pastry

James A. Griffin

Preparing a Property Statement for a Property Company: the Key Stages.

Myles Keaveney

Kitchen and Restaurant Skills Module, BA in Culinary Arts, Technological University Dublin: videorecording

Dermot Seberry

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