Experience in the Façade/Curtain Wall industry for 50+years, with several Window & Curtain Wall companies throughout the UK and Ireland. Initially as an Installer, then progressed to Site Foreman, Installation/Contracts Manager. Modern Aluminium, Reading, & Zimmcor Canada, and later as Site/Installation Manager/Installation Subcontractor for International Façade/Curtain/Wall/Rainscreen/Cladding companies including Alucraft, Crittal, Chamabel, Hans Schmidlin & Zimmcor.
In 1995 I joined Architectural Aluminium in Dublin as Senior Contracts Manager until my retirement in 2012.
Collaborative involvement in design, procurement, testing, project management & installation through completion & handover of projects. I joined Dublin Airport Authority as a façade inspector in 2015 for the refurbishment of the HOB (old Aer Lingus head office building) which achieved a LEED platinum rating and is now occupied by ESBI.
Presently I work part time with I3PT as a BCAR, QA Facade Inspector that include Submittal Documentation/Drawings Review, Benchmark, First In Kind site inspections/approvals, regular health and safety and site quality inspections including sustainability issues.
What to expect during the event
Sustainable Construction & Development:
The construction lifecycle has been so disconnected in all aspects especially with data and processes, no communication, together with the stakeholders lack of collaboration, that has resulted in outdated practices causing economic losses, social issues and environmental disasters, giving it one of Industry’s worst carbon footprints.
With the imminent legislation of The Golden Thread together with BIM digital technology, Construction will require a complete overhaul in its way of thinking and management if it is to improve its carbon footprint position to an acceptable standard.
Education and legislation of the client/developer into a collaborative mindset instead of a dictatorial one, so a flat structure agenda would include topics like raw material sourcing, embedment, long lifecycle utilities and services, social and environmental, human wellbeing and all relevant sustainable issues, and not just the economic ones.
Education of Designers/Architects use of BIM technology with real data would introduce innovative off site manufacturing systems, reduce waste, eliminate clashes, streamline workflows and improve the way teams work.
Education of Contractors & Specialists in Leadership, good management practices with the latest innovative building methods and technology that would reduce time consuming site malpractices, and reduce costs.
Benefits Social housing;
Benefits include Letting the end users/occupiers the opportunity to have real participation about the building where they intend to raise a family and live their life in a sustainable, social environment.
Benefits Commercial Building;
Benefits include knowledge of Procurement, Sourcing of raw materials, Embedment issues, Health & Safety regarding Mental health, Human wellbeing, Waste management and Recycling strategy,
Summary: Good Legislation, Education & Training with Technology, and collaboration of all stakeholders that provides a fluid programme of works with an appropriate timeline will deliver a Sustainable, Accident free, Environmentally friendly, Quality building within Budget.
• Changing the mindset
• Legislation for Client
• Designer Technology
• Site Management/Leadership
• Benefits for End User/Occupier