IT Carlow students return from Stage 1 of Canada-EU Exchange


Students of the Department of the Built Environment at IT Carlow recently presented on the international Canada-EU exchange project. Padhraic McGinn, Head of Department, opened the presentation inviting and encouraging all Built environment students to get involved in the project.

The Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment (EEBE) is a 3 year Canada – European Union student and faculty exchange project (2010-2013) funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and the European Union. 

IT Carlow sent two students and two members of the faculty to Hanze University, Groningen, Netherlands in late February 2011 for stage one of the project. The students selected to represent the Institute were Tom Holohan (BSc in Construction in Quantity Surveying) and John McEnroy (BSc in Architectural Technology) along with lecturers, Dan O’Sullivan and Yvonne Finn.

The students presented on their overall experience and the projects undertaken throughout the three weeks. The students worked on real estate, energy and sustainability projects, working alongside exchange students from Canada and those from Hanze University. Within the real estate task the students converted a historical building for use within the University’s campus.

IT Carlow is delighted to announce that five students will have the opportunity to travel to Canada in October 2011 for stage two of the project with flights, accommodation and subsistence funded. Stage two will take place in the Waterfront Campus of the NSCC in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. This exchange includes students designing, developing and monitoring low income housing units in energy challenging locations. On top of educational and work experience, Padhraic McGinn emphasised that it is an opportunity for the students to ‘work together in an international context’ thus gaining a greater understanding of intercultural aspects of working together in project teams.

Students interested of the Department of Built Environment of IT Carlow, must apply before May 27th for the second stage of the project.Expression of interest forms should be submitted to Yvonne Finn or Dan O’Sullivan  in the Department of the Built Environment.