WIT student Gavin Ennis wins top award in UK building competition
A WEXFORD student is part of a four-strong team from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) that has won this year's Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Student Challenge at finals held at the Institute's headquarters in Ascot, England.
The WIT team consisted of fourth year BSc (Hons) in Construction Management & Engineering students Gavin Ennis (right), from Ballymurn, County Wexford; Michael Harty, Tipperary; Gerald Hoare, Kildare and Seamus Richardson, Limerick.
They had previously won the Irish regional final and came out on top in Ascot ahead of teams from several leading UK universities and colleges.
The challenge set for the 11 teams in the final required students to take on the role of consultants retained by a local authority to provide specialist advice on retrofitting housing dating from pre-1920, 1950s-1960s and 1980s-90s.
The advice had to include details of how they would improve the thermal performance, comfort and living space of three types of houses. The works were required to meet the needs of a community with both young families and an ageing population. Teams had to complete a number of exhaustive exercises, including the production of a detailed written report that had to demonstrate that different house types required different approaches, including the financial benefits and costs associated with each one. To complete the challenge, the students gave a 10-minute presentation to industry experts that covered the findings and recommendations for the proposed projects.