When: September 2017 to May 2018.
What: As happened in 2016 eleven carpenter-Joiner apprentices and three managers from ZI Holzbau arrived in late September for two weeks. They came to improve their English and BIM skills, visit building sites, attend lectures and collaborate with DSA students. Project A involved half the Germans working with DT169/2 students to design and build oak panelling for the Gallery of the reconstructed Bremore Castle. The other half worked on Project B alongside DT175/2 students to design and build cutaway models of a timber frame NZEB building. While Project B concluded during the visit, Project A continues when time allows.
Where: Bremore Castle in Balbriggan, North County Dublin.
Who (DIT): The students of DT69 Timber Product Technology, Year 2 with lecturer Alan O’Donnell; The students of DT175 Architectural Technology, Year 2 with lecturers Noel Brady and Tony Hayes; and Joseph Little (AHoS).
Who (ZI-Holzbau & Fingal CC): The ZI-Holzbau team from Biberach, Germany and Kevin Halpenny and his team from Fingal Co. Co. Parks Dept.
Sponsors (Group A): Fingal County Council Parks Department supplied all building materials and paid for the students transport to and from the Castle.
Sponsors (Group B): Brooks (who supplied timber and sundries), Ecological Building Systems (who supplied membranes and insulants), and Masonry Fixings (who supplied long screw fixings, bolts and sundries).