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Sustainable Design & Applied Research Awards 2016

Posted: 14 April, 2016

Sustainable Design & Applied Research Awards 2016 in Bolton Street

The 2016 Sustainable Design and Applied Research award was won by Dervilla Niall, School of Civil and Structural Engineering for her research on ‘Thermal mass behaviour of concrete panels incorporating phase change materials’.  Dervilla was presented with the €1,000 prize, which was generously sponsored by John Sisk & Son.  Her paper will also be published in the next Journal of Sustainable Design & Applied Research (SDAR). 

Dervilla Niall, winner of the 2016 Sustainable Design and Applied Research Award, presenting her research

The competition is organised by CIBSE Ireland in conjunction with DIT.  The Judging Panel, chaired by Kevin Gaughan from DIT, included Paul Martin of SEAI and John Mc Grory, also of DIT.  Commenting on the high standard of the four papers presented, Dr. Gaughan said   “This was the most competitive year since this competition began six years ago, with all papers and presentations at a very high standard.“  This was echoed by the decision by SDAR Editors Kevin Kelly and Keith Sunderland to invite all four researchers to publish the papers they presented in the next edition of the SDAR Journal.

Researchers Daniel Coyle, Andrew Hogan, Dervilla Niall, Joseph Little and Benat Arregi

Three runner-up prizes of €250 were presented to following researchers for their papers:

  • An investigation into the cost optimality of the Passive House retrofit standard for Irish Dwellings using Life Cycle Cost Analysis, by MSc graduate and architect Daniel Coyle. This paper was drawn from his MSc thesis.
  • 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 – Dublin School of Architecture
  • Importance of Feasibility Studies for Grid Connected PV Systems in Ireland, by MSc graduate Andrew Hogan from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. This paper was drawn from his MSc thesis.

Congratulating all of those who participated, Professor Gerry Farrell, Director and Dean of the College of Engineering and Built Environment, said he wanted to encourage colleagues to ensure that research students are made aware about this multidisciplinary competition for the future.   “Apart from the £1,000 first prize and €250 runners up prizes it is an excellent opportunity for new researchers and MSc students to be published in a peer reviewed journal. Could I suggest that you take a few minutes to view this journal at”  Professor Farrell also expressed thanks to CIBSE Ireland and Chairman David Doherty,and to BS News for their support, and he thanked Michael McDonald, DIT, as the main organiser of the event.   

SDAR Journal edited by Dr. Kevin Kelly and Dr. Keith Sunderland

Researchers who may be interested in publishing their work in the SDAR Journal should contact Kevin Kelly –