The annual CIBSE Ireland SDAR Awards 2016

The annual CIBSE Ireland SDAR Awards took place on Thursday 7th April in DIT Bolton Street. It was organised by Michael McDonald of DIT.

There were four excellent papers presented, but the competition this year was won by Dervilla Niall of the School of Civil & Structural Engineering, DIT . Her research on thermal mass behaviour of concrete panels incorporating phase change materials was a narrow but deserved winner. She won a €1,000 prize sponsored by John Sisk & Son and her paper will be published in the next Journal of Sustainable Design & Applied Research(SDAR).

Congratulations go to Dervilla!

Chair of the judging panel Kevin Gaughan (DIT) said this was the most competitive year since the competition began 6 years ago with all papers and presentations being very strong. This was evident in the decision by SDAR Editors Kevin Kelly and Keith Sunderland to offer an opportunity to all 4 authors to publish in the next SDAR Journal. Kevin Kelly says this has never happened before.

The other judges were Paul Martin of CIBSE/SEAI and John Mc Grory of DIT.

The three runners up, in no particular order were:

  • An investigation into the cost optimality of the Passive House retrofit standard for Irish Dwellings using Life Cycle Cost Analysis.
    By architect Daniel Coyle.
  • Hygrothermal risk evaluation of existing and proposed retrofit options for the junction of solid wall with ground floor in a typical Edwardian house in Dublin
    By Benat Arregi and Joseph Little
  • Importance of Feasibility Studies for Grid Connected PV Systems in Ireland.
    By Andrew Hogan

We would encourage you to think about your leading edge designs and consider entering this competition next year. Apart from the £1,000 first prize and €250 runners up prizes it is an excellent opportunity for engineers to get published in a peer review journal. Could I suggest that you take a few minutes to view this journal at

If you wish to publish in this journal then you should contact the Editor Kevin Kelly –

If you would like to enter the SDAR Awards2017 then contact Michael McDonald –

The call is now out for the Irish Lighter competition 2016. To enter this competition contact Michael McDonald –

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