Learning Series

  • Essential Learning Series by Kilsaran

The Essential Learning Series from Kilsaran International is a suite of training and professional development modules devised to enhance the core skills and knowledge of industry professionals. 

Essential Learning Series Roadshow 2018 Aviva Stadium Dublin & Fota Island Resort Cork

Kilsaran International are taking the hugely successful Essential Learning Series suite of seminars to the road with events to be held the Aviva Stadium on September 25th and Fota Island Resort in Cork on October 17th 2018.

These free one day events will appeal to construction professionals who want to have a better understanding of today’s complex construction industry standards.  The six modules in the series include ready mix concrete, dry mortar products, SUDs, masonry products, asphalt and aggregates.  Each module is designed to bridge the gap between the interpretation of industry standards and their implementation, providing up to date information and an insight into future trends.

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All Modules - Aviva Stadium Dublin  Tues 25th Sept 2018 Book Now
All Modules - Fota Island Cork Wed 17th Oct 2018 Book Now


Module 1 - Bituminous Materials

  • Bituminous Materials and their applications. 
  • Manufacturing and laying process. 
  • Standards
    • TII/DOE
    • EN
    • For non-road uses
  • Specifying Asphalt Materials - Design Considerations 
    • Traffic volumes and type
    • Pavement purpose
    • Durability, Appearance & Maintenance 
  • Product Certification 
  • Case Studies
  • Questions/Discussion

Module 2 - Masonry Blocks


Topics Discussed: Part 1 - General Masonry Update 

  • Relevant Masonry Standards
  • Products & Strengths Generally Available
  • Overview of Requirements for Certification & CE Marking
  • Masonry Unit & Appropriate Mortar Selection
  • Sound, Fire & Air Leakage Basics
  • Site Practices & Durability


 Topics Discussed: Part 2 - Thermal Properties of Masonry 

  • Current Building Regulation Requirements
  • NZEB - 2018 for Public Buildings, 2020 for Residential Accomodation
  • Thermal Bridging Basics
  • Introducing the Kilsaran K-Block Lightweight Block
  • Worked Example of Alternative to ACDs Using a Leightweight Block
  • Energy Peformance & Economic Benefits When Using a Lightweight Block

Module 3 - Aggregates

  • European Standards overview for all aggregate products

  • Irish Standards, EN standard guidance

  • CE & DOP Interpretation

  • S.R.21:2016, what are the main changes

  • I.S.888:2016 what it covers  

  • TTI(N.R.A.) how they relate to the EN standard

Module 4 - Masonry Rendering & Plastering Mortars

  • Masonry Mortar & Rendering Mortar Materials

  • What Standards apply to rendering and masonry mortars

    • o EN 998-1 – Rendering Mortars

    • o EN 998-2 - Masonry Mortars

    • o EN 15824 – Rendering Mortars based on Organic binders

    • o EN 13914 – Design, preparation and application of external rendering and internal plastering

    • o SR 325 + EN 1996 (Eurocode 6)

  • Types of rendering and masonry mortars

  • Classification of rendering and masonry mortars

  • Specifying mortars and renders - Design Considerations

  • Product certification and independent testing

Module 5 - Ready Mix Concrete

  • Concrete Mix Materials - Current Specifications

  • I.S. EN 206-1 - An Update  

  • Ready Mix Concrete Product Range

Module 6 - SUDs

  • SUDS concepts and basic design principles
  • SUDS solutions using porous asphalt and permeable paving
  • Maintenance considerations
  • Case study examples of recent projects


If you would like to book any one or all of the above seminars for your staff please contact us on learningseries@kilsaran.ie