Engineers Ireland Donegal Region had a very successful Open Evening in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Thursday 4th December.
The evening was co-hosted by Ren Net, the North West’s Renewable Energy Business Network (www.ren-net.org) and there were a number of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Products on display.
The Open Evening was held to promote Engineers Ireland with the aim of recruiting new members and reconnecting with former members.
Engineers Ireland is the professional body for engineers and engineering in Ireland and provides supports at all stages from student through to professional title. Civil, Chemical, Mechanical, Technology, Bio and Electrical Engineers, Technicians and Students are welcome to join and further enhance their career development and networking opportunities.
The theme for the Open Evening was The Environment.
Michael Deehan, Managing Director of Renewable Building Technologies Ltd part of the Mc Caul Group spoke on Near Zero Energy Buildings and the European Directive that makes it a requirement that all new buildings built after 2020 are near Zero Energy Buildings and what is needed from the construction industry to make this happen.
Russell Drew, Environmental and Planning Coordinator at Whitemountain Quarries spoke on Recycling of Road Materials, the basic requirements, technical considerations and the processes involved.
Con Mc Laughlin, Senior Engineer Water and Environment at Donegal County Council spoke on the Upgrade of a WWTW / Landfill Restoration using Bioremediation which was part of the ANSWER cross-border project which examines the potential of using Short Rotation Coppice (SRC) willow for the bioremediation of effluents and leachates.
Shirley McDonald, Associate Director for Membership at Engineers Ireland spoke on Engineers Ireland Membership and STEPs Programme which encourages primary and post-primary students to explore the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Speaking at the event Stephen Flynn Donegal Chair of Engineers Ireland Regions said “Engineering and the work the engineering profession do is at the heart of our daily lives.
“The presentations tonight show how it impacts in a profound way on things that make our world a better more sustainable place for future generations to enjoy.
“These are just a few of the many facets of Engineering taking place here in the Donegal region today.
” These engineers here and the organisations they work for are providing employment for people here in the region as well as improving our over quality of life.”
Speaking later Joanne Holmes of Ren Net said “As it stands Ireland is likely to fail to meet its climate targets for 2020 unless it takes immediate actions to change to a low carbon economy.
“A recent survey by Passive House Plus magazine found that the Irish Construction Industry is not prepared for nearly – zero energy requirements for all new buildings by the year 2020 and are have difficulty in complying with current Part L 2011.
“We saw tonight how engineers in the region are responding to this challenge
If you are interested in finding out more information about Engineers Ireland Donegal Region and the activities planned for 2015. Please contact Garrett Doherty at firstname.lastname@example.org