In the Loop - Q1 Edition - March 2020

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The Q1 Edition of IN2 Engineering's Newsletter 'In the Loop' - March 2020.

IN

the

March 2020

Loop

Welcome to the Q1

2020 Edition of

IN the Loop

Inside:

Introducing IN2 Building Life

Environmental Analysis

Consultancy of the Year

A Very Malaga Christmas

An Interview with Will White


Contents

2 Welcome

3 Introducing IN2 Building Life:

A Sub-brand

5 Environmental Analysis

7 World Mental Health Day

9 Consultancy of the Year

13 Belfast Office Move

15 IN2 on Social

17 A Very Malaga Christmas

19 Current Projects

23 An Interveiw with Will White

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WELCOME

With what has been a busy start to the year I hope that this newsletter will

keep you up to date with new developments across the company. This

Q1 edition looks at some of IN2s current projects, our new ‘Building Life’

sub-brand, recient growth in our environmental services, as well as the

relocation of the Belfast office.

Barry Flynn

Managing Director

IN2 Project: Kylemore Abbey

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Introducing

BUILDING

LIFE

Building Life

IN2 recognise that often a consultant’s

involvement with a project ends

at handover. We believe in a more

holistic approach to building services

design and aim to stay with the

building from project inception to

long after occupancy. It is vital for

building users to understand how a

building should operate to effectively

gain the efficiencies inherent in our

designs. Our sustainability experts,

along with our engineers are tasked

with educating the occupants in

building services use and monitoring

the energy performance of the

building over the first years of use.

Project Aftercare

IN2 Building Life will offer an

approach which begins at our

first involvement and includes an

aftercare service for the client. This

aftercare will provide the client

with the necessary reassurance

that the design they have paid for

will be utilised to its fullest extent

and that any teething problems will

be resolved.

The practice is now offering CPD

sessions based around our Building

Life approach, which is proving

popular with architects and

clients alike.

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ENVIRONMENTAL

ANALYSIS

As the need for further development within

our already busy city’s grow, the necessity for

environmental planning does also. Built-up

areas act as a barrier to natural wind movement,

as such their presence has the potential to

generate localised microclimates impacting

pedestrian comfort. Low comfort levels not only

reduce outdoor area usability but can present

safety concerns for pedestrians and cyclists.

With reported impacts to both existing local

environment and proposed amenity spaces in

Ireland, as well as the recent introduction of the

new City of London Wind Microclimate Guidelines

in the UK, officially regulated Wind and associated

Pedestrian Comfort Analysis is something that

all International developers need to be aware of.

Here at IN2, we have developed the expertise

and experience to offer this kind of marketleading

Environmental analysis and reporting

to our clients. Originating from the aeronautics

industry Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

software is used at IN2 to analyse the wind effects

on buildings in a “virtual wind tunnel”. The CFD

analysis involves creating a 3D representational

model of the proposed buildings in the context

of their surrounding urban environment and

adjacent buildings. A graphical display of coloured

contours, vectors and streamlines, allows for

complex airflow phenomena to be visualised.

From this our environmental and sustainability

team can examine predicted pressures and

velocity vectors in the vicinity of the buildings,

calculating for varying wind speeds and directions,

accounting for turbulence effect, with derived

parameters determined for Pedestrian Comfort.

Pedestrian Wind Comfort itself is assessed

utilising the “Lawson Criteria” scale, which has

been developed as a means to determine the longterm

suitability of urban areas for walking or sitting

without excessive air movement associated with

wind forces. The Lawson Criteria scale ranges from

areas deemed suitable for long term sitting through

to regions not suitable for pedestrian comfort, as

wind effects and associated air velocities would

be too excessive for significant periods of the year.

Other factors such as Daylight and Sunlight

availability play an essential role in the creation

of a healthy environment. Not only ensuring new

developments receive recommended levels of

light provision but Daylight/Sunlight analysis can

help assure neighbouring buildings right to light

will not be infringed. In recent months we’ve seen

steady growth in demand for our Daylight, Sunlight

and Wind Assessments. Here we take a look at one

of our recent environmental planning projects.

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Merville Place

Merville Place is a Strategic Housing Development (SHD)

residential project located in suburban Dublin proposed

to provide a collection of 246 units providing a mix of

studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. IN2

Engineering’s appointment for full M&E Services on this

Project included undertaking Environmental Analysis

for the project’s planning application, including Daylight/

Sunlight analysis and Wind/ Pedestrian Comfort.

or sitting and as such proposed no pedestrian discomfort

at ground level with a minor exception of a small localised

area due to the location of the building in a slight valley

which is identified to experience a small level of direct

wind flow. Balconies were also deemed compliant to long

term or short term sitting.

Sunlight / Daylight Analysis

Daylight/Sunlight analysis includes both assessments

of individual apartments to ensure that both Living

Rooms and Bedrooms can enjoy sufficient natural light,

whilst the configurations of Courtyards etc. are verified

that they will receive plentiful sunlight throughout

the year to enable their usage as Amenity spaces. IN2

Engineering’s involvement has ensured that bestpractice

environmental principles have been achieved

for the design approach, with approval received from

An Bord Pleanála for the SHD scheme in November 2019.

Wind Analysis

Wind analysis was undertaken to predict pressures and

velocities for varying wind directions. A comfort criterion

(Lawson) was then utilised to account for the probability

of wind direction (i.e. wind effects from prevailing SW

direction have most influence) to predict pedestrian comfort

in terms of areas being suitable for sitting/ standing etc. for

amenity spaces including courtyards and balconies. Our

environmental and sustainability team determined that

all areas of the site were suitable for long-term standing

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The first issue of “In the Loop” was jam-packed with a range of activities within the

company dating back to the summer months. One of the major events we didn’t

highlight was our World Mental Health Day breakfast.

World Mental Health day looks to raise awareness of our mental wellbeing whilst

attempting to break down stigma within the workplace. 1 in 4 of us will experience

poor mental health at some point in our lives and it’s important to us as a company

to support and promote a positive work environment.

On the 10 th October, everyone in each of the IN2 offices stepped away from the desk

and made their way to a group breakfast. Although a small gesture to recognise such

a massive issue, taking the time to sit and talk with the people you work with can

play and major role to ease stress and boost mental wellbeing.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join in and make it a success!

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CONSULTANCY

OF THE YEAR

IRISH CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

AWARDS 2019

Since 2015 The Irish Construction Industry Awards have

celebrated the excellence within the built environment industry.

Back in June, we were announced as winners of the prestigious

consultancy of the year award! The following pages help provide

a short insight into what IN2 has been doing to achieve this title.

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IN2 Project: Epic Ireland, Dublin

Business Growth

Turnover and profitability has again increased

against a background of significant investment in

implementing the IN2 Academy and refining IN2’s

BIM offering, support for growth in our London

team, and expansion of the team in our Dublin

headquarters. Our success in competitive tendering

reflects our innovative approach to M&E design,

with clients making clear that it is our unique ideas

that inspires them to appoint us to their projects.

Creativity and adaptability is central to IN2’s

culture and values. IN2 fosters an ethos of

developing bespoke customer centric solutions

which are both innovative but also benefit

from the experience gained on other projects.

IN2 Project: Phoenix Care

Centre, Dublin

IN2’s ongoing success and growth has been

based on a clear focus of providing sustainable

engineering design solutions for our projects.

We have consistently developed our in-house

expertise to include a simulation and modelling

department (CFD, Dynamic Thermal modelling,

Lighting Simulation, BIM), CIBSE Low Carbon

Consultant, BREEAM Assessor and AP and LEED

AP (BD+C). These capabilities enable us to become

involved on a project at the earliest stage, and

provide collaborative advice to the architect

and design team. Our advice on building mass

and orientation, fenestration and ventilation

strategies, ensures that the building is designed,

from first principles, to provide ideal comfort, ease

of use, cost and maintenance efficiencies, and

low carbon impact. These capabilities, coupled

with our focus on sustainable, low energy design

solutions, offers our clients, and design team

colleagues a wholly integrated approach to projects

which results in considerable efficiencies in both

coordination of design and cost. Our approach

ensures that our offer is unique, and that our

clients receive an individually tailored services

design solution. This enables us to stand-out from

our competitors in each of the market places we

operate in, and is evidenced by the increase in

turnover and staff levels on a year-on-year basis.

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Workforce Culture

The level of knowledge and expertise within the practice ensures that

staff receive the appropriate mentoring and training. We encourage staff

to progress to Chartered status. Personnel can move between our offices,

affording them the opportunity to work in London, Dublin, Belfast or

Athlone. The practice has increased the number of employees over the past

year. This is due, in part, to our commitment to BIM implementation, work

secured, and demonstrates IN2’s attractiveness as an employer of choice.

IN2 Academy

The most significant challenge facing IN2 currently is the recruitment of

talent and expertise to sustain the business activity. IN2’s primary focus

is currently the graduate market, preferring to develop and grow our

talent. There has been a significant drop off in the volume of students

undertaking core engineering courses during the downturn and as a

result there are less graduates coming to market. The creation of the IN2

Academy is a direct response to the current challenges in recruiting staff.

The Academy aims to provide up to 8 graduate engineers each year with

all the necessary engineering skills for a modern construction industry.

We provide graduate engineers with not only engineering knowledge and

training but also practical skills such as time management, communication

skills (written and oral) presentation skills, and client service.

Client Satisfaction

In the past year we have secured Cyber Essentials and BIM Level 2

accreditation for each of our office locations. Cyber Essentials provides

reassurance to our clients that we ensure the security of your IT

systems and project data against cyber attack. This is particularly

important when it comes to BIM projects. BIM projects tend to be

carried out utilising federated models which include information from

the other design team members (architect / civil & structural). Should

this federated model be compromised through cyber attack, it would

have major implications, not only for our own data but the data of the

other team members and ultimately provide detrimental to the client.

IN2 continue to invest in our staff and now full LEED assessment, in

addition to BREEAM assessment, depending on the client’s preference.

We have increased our in-house resource for LEED AP (BD + C) and

BREEAM assessors to ensure that we can offer the best possible value

to our clients without recourse to external resources. This also aids

in the delivery of a quality project, because we have staff involved

at different levels/areas of the project who can feedback into one

another during our weekly project update meetings, ensuring that all

staff involved in a project are fully aware of any issues as they arise.

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CONSULTANCY

OF THE YEAR

IRISH CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

AWARDS 2019

IN2 Project: Parkgate Street, Dublin 8

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IN2 BELFAST HAVE

MOVED...

At the end of 2019 the Belfast team headed over to the city’s Cathedral

Quarter unique for its quirky cobblestoned streets and thriving

cultural scene. Take a look at our new and improved work space!

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CURRENT PROJECTS

A VERY

MALAGA

CHRISTMAS

PARTY 2019

In December the IN2 team made their way to Malaga to

celebrate the 2019 annual Christmas party! Over the course

of a fantastic weekend, IN2 made sure to soak in the sun

and explore the city. Here are some of our favourite photos

from the trip.

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CURRENT PROJECTS

Deanston Wharf

London

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The Stafford Hotel,

London

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CURRENT PROJECTS

North Wall Quay

Dublin

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Printing House

Square

Dublin

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AN INTERVIEW WITH WILL WHITE

Earlier in the month, we sat down with William White

from our Belfast office to get an insight into his

role as a Principle Environmental & Sustainability

engineer here at IN2. If you haven’t yet had a chance

to view the video online here’s what he had to say…

Introduction

Hi, I’m Will and I’m a Principal Sustainability Engineer.

Why did you choose the career path you did?

I chose the career path that I did because I was interested in science and

technology, which led me to engineering, which kind of led me to focus

on energy performance which followed on to Mechanical and Electrical

Engineering. I became interested in Environmental performance, which

then took me down the Energy and Sustainability road.

What current projects are you working on?

I work on a lot of projects and one of the current projects is a large residential

scheme of over 700 units in London where we’ve looked at changing the

energy centre for them.

Another current project that we are working on is a large new office

development in Belfast of around 12,000 sqm. I can’t say any more than that

at the minute as it hasn’t gone into planning but it will be a transformational

project for the Belfast office.

What challenging projects have you worked on?

One of the most challenging projects I’ve worked on was an existing

building in Northern Ireland, I can’t be too specific, but it had quite difficult

operational issues and they were facing really high temperatures. As an

occupied building during office hours they were getting temperatures of

over 30-34 degrees. So we had to come up with solutions to make it more

comfortable for these employees.

Another challenging project we’ve worked on is reviewing the energy

use for large hospital sites. One of the hospital sites we looked at has a

combined floor area over 2 million square feet and energy bills of over £6

million a year. So we’ve had the dive into the detail of their energy bills

and work out where all of the energy is used, and then use that to make

recommendations as to what plant they should put in. So we’re doing a big

CHP study at the minute.

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What are the big challenges for the industry in 2020?

The biggest challenge I think for 2020 and going forward is how we design

buildings to be zero carbon and future proof for zero carbon, and also how the

grid decarbonises. So I think engineers are going to be very busy for the next

30 years given that it’s now a government requirement, to get zero carbon.

Want more?

Visit us at in2.ie

or on social for

weekly updates

What things do you enjoy outside of work?

Outside of work I keep busy. I do a lot of cycling, I watch a lot of rugby, I play

a small bit of rugby not contact, tag rugby. You can Google that and see what

that is. Generally just exploring the scenery that we have on our doorstep at

home. I haven’t lived at home for a long time but I’m really enjoying being

back here.

Any advice for future sustainability engineers?

I would advise them to be passionate and have an idea of how they make

buildings operate better and keep asking questions in your field.

To check out the full video click the link below

https://in2.ie/team-in2-meet-will-white/

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Upper Mount Pleasant Avenue

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Belfast

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fosters a culture of creativity and adaptability, developing

bespoke innovative building services solutions

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