Once again we bring you our annual issue of the SDAR Journal. This journal is intended to encourage innovative practice in low-energy design of the built environment, and to encourage
applied research among professional practitioners and new researchers in academia. The papers
published are intended to inform design practice in construction and to assist innovative engineers
striving towards optimisation of building integrated renewable technologies.
CIBSE and DIT came together four years ago to jointly publish this journal. The intention then was
to disseminate insightful findings to the professional community involved in the built
environment, this is still the case.
We assume the reader to be a sceptic who will be convinced
by evidence. We are not interested in green bling on buildings or unproven designs. We want
instead to encourage post-occupancy evaluation of innovations that support more sustainable
and energy-efficient practice leading to mainstreaming of good-quality leading-edge projects.
While we want to hear what works well, we are conscious of the fact that the professional
community can also be informed by what went wrong. Therefore we encourage critical reflection
and objective evaluation of real-world projects. Moving forward we want to publish more papers
from our architectural and construction colleagues.
- C Eng FCIBSE FSLL FIEI
- Head of School of Multidisciplinary Technologies
- Dublin Institute of Technology
In this issue we feature a paper on Building Information Modelling (BIM). BIM is not just the
application of software but a paradigm shift in construction projects that demands a new psyche
for large contractors who wish to compete internationally for large projects. BIM facilitates
collaborative working between all members of the design and construction team. BIM processes
accelerate project design times, reduce costs, and are shown to improve the speed and quality
of large projects. BIM also improves facilities management and cost control tasks.
We would be delighted to receive your abstracts or ideas and can offer support in the writing up
of papers. The industry is data rich but sometimes time poor. We encourage and support in
practical terms synergies with academia. Academics are eager to support this applied research
process and will provide time on task in exchange for access to useful data. A good example of
this is the lead paper in this issue, where a working engineer collaborated with academics in the
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering to produce a paper that will be informative to
those involved with stadia design and management throughout the world.
We are also keen to publish papers about current issues such as the EPBD Recast paper in this
issue. Would-be contributors are encouraged to submit abstracts for the annual SDAR Awards
and Irish Lighter competitions. Both competitions are effectively feeders for this journal. We
particularly encourage novice researchers and industry professionals to submit short abstracts of
their work, either to the above competitions or directly to me. There are two papers in this issue
from PhD candidates who are also working engineers, one is on lighting design and the other is
about electrochromic glazing.
Dr Kevin T. Kelly
Implementation of ISO 50001 Energy Management System in Sports Stadia
Aidan Byrne, Martin Barrett, and Richard Kelly
Leveraging Lean in construction: A case study of a BIM-based HVAC manufacturing process
Colin j. Conway, Colin Keane, McCarthy McCarthy, Ciara Ahern, and Avril Behan
A new approach to interior lighting design :early stage research in Ireland
James Duff and Kevin Kelly
Retrofit electrochromic glazing in a UK office
Ruth Kelly Waskett, Birgit Painter, John Mardaljevic, and Katherine Irvine
A Cost-Optimal Assessment of Buildings in Ireland Using Directive 2010/31/EU of the Energy Performance of Buildings Recast
Christopher Pountney, David Ross, and Sean Armstrong