Project Update: Point A Hotel, Dublin 1 




The Sammin Engineering team are currently working on a €9.8 million hotel development at 17-19 Moore Lane, Dublin 1 under main contractor Sheahan & Collins Construction. Despite the pandemic restrictions on all non-essential construction over the past 15 months, the build is progressing well. 


This 4,053sq.m landscaped development, when complete, will consist of 141 bedrooms over seven-storeys (over basement, with a setback at sixth-floor level) and ancillary hotel facilities including reception area, restaurant and bar. The development will also include the installation of an internally illuminated fascia sign (2.57sq.m) and three projecting signs of which one is internally illuminated (5.49sq.m).


Below are a few photographs from the Sammin team working on the electrical installations (June 2021).




Developer: QMK Dublin Limited

Main Contractor: Sheahan & Collins Construction 

Architect: Morrison Design Limited

Planning Consultant: Tom Phillips and Associates

Project Manager: Virtus Contracts Management

Groundworks Contractor: Cafferkey Civils

Mechanical Contractor: F. Field Limited

Electrical Contractor: Sammin Engineering 

Assigned Certifier: Loscher Moran Consulting Engineers

Interior Designer: Leisure Concepts











New NSAI Standard on Heat Pumps in homes will help Ireland hit its climate targets, May 2021



The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) has developed and published a new National Standard Recommendation for the design and installation of Heat Pumps in homes. This new Standard Recommendation is one of a suite of measures developed by NSAI in direct response to actions set out in the Climate Action Plan 2019, the framework that sets out how Ireland will achieve its ambitious decarbonisation targets.


Implementing this new Standard Recommendation will support the installation of 600,000 heat pumps in homes that are already suitable for the technology by 2030. These targets are set out in the Programme for Government.

Speaking at the launch of the new Standard, NSAI CEO Geraldine Larkin said: 


“I am very pleased we have published this new National Standard Recommendation for the design and installation of Heat Pumps in homes. NSAI is playing its part to drive down carbon emissions by supporting actions on the supply chain for renewables, retrofitting homes and climate adaptation.


NSAI are working across different sectors providing environmental standards helping large companies and SMEs minimize their environmental footprint.


We will continue to deliver Standards that ensure that sound environmental practices are ingrained as best practice as Ireland transitions to a more circular economy.”

Also at the launch, Damien English, Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail said: 


“I am delighted to support the NSAI in the launch of its new standard on heat pumps for homes in Ireland. It is incumbent on all organisations – public and private – to work towards achieving Ireland’s goal to reduce its CO2 emissions by 2030.


NSAI is playing its part with this new standard which will help public and private homes make the change to cleaner and more sustainable heating systems, and with a knock-on effect of new job opportunities for those businesses in retrofitting works.”

The Standard Recommendation (S.R. 50-4:2021) concentrates on the types of heat pump that are installed in homes to provide heating and hot water and provides guidelines for the design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of heat pump systems.


In 2018 the average dwelling emitted 5.2 tonnes of energy-related CO2. 66% of this was from direct fuel use in the home. The sector must reduce its CO2 eq. emissions significantly to meet 2030 emissions reduction targets.


Document S.R. 50-4:2021 has been prepared by the National Standards Authority of Ireland Technical Committee 31: Building services, Sub-committee 6, Heat pumps.

For further information and to access all National Standard Recommendations in full, log onto



Earlier this week the RIAI published its ‘Sustainable Design Pathways’ to address sustainability challenges for the built environment. This guidance document identifies key areas that must be tackled across built environment design and development in order to help combat the climate crisis. The guide can be accessed in full here: 


Officially launched at the Building Collaboration for Climate Change Action Conference 2021, the information and guidance set out in ‘Sustainable Design Pathways’ is intended to educate architects, engineers, surveyors, planners and other construction professionals of the environmental issues that must be addressed through development design and build.   


Significantly, it also details the actions that will help professionals to achieve emissions reduction targets, as set out by the recently published Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill. The Sammin Engineering team wrote about this important new legislative development earlier this month in an article titled ‘How will the revised Climate Action Bill work?’ and you can read the article in full here:


Speaking at the launch, President of the RIAI, Ciaran O’Connor FRIAI, spoke of the need to “balance complex competing criteria in the development and delivery of buildings and infrastructure”. He proceeded to emphasise to industry professionals that “Sustainability must be prioritised within these criteria, for the benefit of current and future generations”. 


As mentioned above, the guidance document offers recommendations on how the industry can address the climate crisis and ensure a focus on sustainability, whilst still delivering the highest standards of design in our built environment. One of the key recommendations is the appointment of so-called ‘Sustainable Design Champions’ from the outset. At a project level, these recommendations include setting sustainable design metrics, delivering net zero operational carbon and replacing material products with low impact, low embodied carbon products. 


The guidance is to prioritise energy efficiency, adopt net zero energy buildings target, eliminate CO2 emissions, and to adopt a circular economy approach to reduce construction waste. This is all sound advice and it aligns strongly to the existing ethos within Sammin Engineering. 


Once again, the guide can be accessed in full here and is well worth a read:





It has been a busy few weeks on the energy front, with some positive developments for the renewables sector in Ireland.

Shaping Our Electricity Future 


As is well-documented, Ireland has extensive untapped natural resources. The potential to harness wind power, particularly offshore, is massive, however, Ireland’s power grid needs to be changed to allow it to handle renewable energy and this will require support from politicians and indeed from members of the public. According to acting chief executive of Wind Energy Ireland (WEI) Noel Cunniffe, an electricity grid and market designed for fossil fuel generators are simply not suitable for a future where most of our electricity comes from wind and solar, which makes sense. He is calling for our fossil fuel back-up generation to be replaced with zero-carbon solutions, including demand response and energy storage. 


Writing in The Irish Times, Environment & Science Editor Kevin O'Sullivan reports that Ireland will have a sufficient amount of renewable wind energy projects to help reduce carbon emissions by 51 per cent over the next decade, however, this requires a sufficiently strong power grid.

Earlier this year Eirgrid signed off on capability to operate with 70 per cent renewables on the system on an instantaneous basis, according to chief executive Mark Foley, and this is expected to increase to 75 per cent by the end of 2021. A consultation process has now been launched to explore issues of demand, location, optimum balance of renewables technologies and the required infrastructure to support this. Further details of EirGrid’s Shaping Our Electricity Future consultation process can be found here: 

Obton and Shannon Energy


Also making headlines this week, Danish solar company Obton, together with its Irish partner Shannon Energy, has pledged to double its investment in Ireland over the next five years.  Just over a year after entering the Irish market, Obton plans to develop 1GW of solar energy projects here over the next five years, which will bring their total portfolio of projects in Ireland to €750 million. Existing project sites include Wexford, Waterford, Cork, Longford, Galway, Offaly, Meath and Tipperary, with construction of the first project of 20,000 solar panels, due to commence next month at an 8MW solar park in Tipperary. 

EDF Renewables Ireland 


RTE News reported that EDF Renewables Ireland is to start the construction of three new solar farms in Wexford and Kilkenny this month. The Coolroe Solar Farm (5MW) is located at Coolroe, Ballycullane in County Wexford, the Blusheens Solar Farm (8MW) is at Killinick in County Wexford and the Curraghmartin Solar Farm (4MW) is located at Curraghmartin, Carrigeen in County Kilkenny. These projects are amongst the first utility-scale solar farms to be built in Ireland and will have a combined capacity of 17MW, which is enough low-carbon electricity to power the equivalent of more than 6,600 homes.



Earlier this week the Government published its long anticipated Climate Action Bill and Low Development Bill to guide Ireland on its journey to a “climate resilient, biodiversity rich, environmentally sustainable and climate neutral economy". If you are motivated to do some light reading over the weekend, you can access all 27 pages of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021 here: 


The Bill essentially sets out the legal framework for reducing Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions. It contains the National Climate Objective, which commits Ireland to achieve carbon neutral status no later than the end of 2050. This is a worthy but undoubtedly huge ambition for Ireland. It begs the question … How?


Carbon neutral status for Ireland will be achieved through a series of ‘carbon budgets’ that will be devised by the Climate Change Advisory Committee (CCAC). The CCAC will propose the carbon budget to the Minister for Climate Action, who in turn will present it to Cabinet for approval. Each Department Minister will be obliged annually to give an account of their actions under the plan to the committee and the committee may make policy recommendations on foot of this. 


These carbon budgets will effectively limit the allowable carbon carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases emissions from each sector of the economy and will be evaluated in chunks of five-years periods. There will be interim targets, which involves a reduction of  greenhouse gas emissions of just over half of the overall target (51 per cent) over the course of the first two carbon budget periods, ending on 31 December 2030.


Significantly, local authorities must also develop their own climate action plans, which specify both the mitigation and adaptation measures it plans to adopt.


The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021 is now open to public consultation and this consultation period will run for an eight-week period, up to May 18th 2021. Further details about the Bill, including details for public consultation submissions, are available here: