MR John Joe Mc Hugh

Jt Lecturer

Contact Details

Civil Engineering & Construction Studies
School of Engineering & Design
Institute of Technology
Ash Lane

T: 353 71 9305498


Name:         John Joe Mc Hugh,  M.Phil,  Dip. SHWW.,  CPHD.

Location:    School of Engineering and Design.



I am an experienced and innovative academic with several years lecturing experience. My professional vision is to strive to maintain a balance between academic excellence, practical application and innovative thinking. I believe in the ethic of public service in the field of education, with a personal commitment to lifelong learning.

I am currently lecturing on the BSc. Advanced Wood and Sustainable Building Technology Program, and the supervision of projects for, BSc. (Hons) Construction Project Management. The Subjects that I lecture/ teach include:

i.     Occupational Health and Safety.
ii.    Environmental Building Science.
iii.   Passive House Design.
iv.   Sustainable Building Technology.
v.    Building Regulations.
vi.   The Design and Fabrication of the Fabric, for Low Energy Buildings.


Educated at the Army Apprentice School, Permanent Defence Forces, University College Dublin, and The Dublin Institute of Technology.

Work History:

Successfully completed Apprenticeship Education, for the Trade of Carpentry & Joinery, at the Army Apprentice School, Department of Defence. On passing out from the Army Apprentice School, I took up duties at Corp of Engineers, Mc Dermot Barracks. Our overall function was Aid to the Civil Power. Having received an honourable discharge, I gained employment with Mc Inerney Contracting, Dublin, (later known as Pearse, Dublin). Duties included site setting out, 1st and 2nd fix carpentry for Commercial type Construction. Following that position, I was employed as an Assistant Site Manager, with John Paul, Dublin.

Projects include the construction, and deconstruction of industrial and commercial building projects. Also included in my duties, was the supervision of the refurbishment of listed commercial buildings.

Current Focus:

My focus has a twin approach:

1. Promote the principle of Sustainable Construction Technology

2. To promote the Principles of Prevention for Risk Management on Construction Sites.

Buildings have the capacity, to make a major contribution to lowering emissions. Buildings Account for 40% for energy consumption, which includes the processing of materials, maintenance of buildings, and deconstruction. Sustainable construction includes issues such as design and management for the delivery of low energy fabrics, understanding of Resource Efficiency, Robust Products and Technologies. The EPBD Recast 2010 is a vehicle that will promote energy performance of new and existing buildings, and to achieve Nearly Zero Energy new Buildings, by 2020.

Finally, Occupational Health and Safety Management is also my primary focus. Effective and Proactive Safety Culture is essential to improve the safety record. Our focus should also be on macro opportunities that will lead to significant improvements. These opportunities may be presented under the following headings:

i.    Enhancing the client's influence
ii.   Improving risk awareness for management
iii.  Enhancing the management of safety culture
iv.  Management ownership and commitment
v.   Improving safety skills
vi.  Conscious of variation in the industry
vii. Safety by design.

My lectures in the field of Occupational Health and Safety, strive to impart my knowledge and skills so that the students I teach will:-

i.    Strive for safe and healthful conditions for working women and men.
ii.   Appreciate the key requirements for compliance.
iii.  Always apply the principles of prevention on site and in the workplace, and finally,
iv.  Enhance their attitudes, behaviours and perceptions associated with safety behaviour.

"The Function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of true education".

                                                           Martin Luther King.

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2004) 'Safe Pass: Study findings worrying'
Mr. Victor Hrymak & Sean Seosamh Mac Aodha ( John Joe Mc Hugh). (2004) 'Safe Pass: Study findings worrying' Health & Safety Review, April . [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2004 M.Phil.,Occupational Health & Safety The Dublin Institute of Technology
2014 Certificate, Train The Trainer ,Passive House Design The Passive house Institute
1988 Certificate, Advanced Carpentry & Joinery The City & Guilds of London Institute.
1994 Advanced Technological Certificate, Building Technology The Dublin Institute of Technology
1988 Certificate, Site Supervision The Clerk of Works Institute , GB.
1998 The Extra Mural Studies Diploma, Training and Continuing Education. NUI Maynooth.
1988 Certificate, Clerk of Works, Construction site inspections The Institute of Clerk of Works of GB.
1993 Certificate, Site Management Studies The Chartered Institute of Building , (CIOB), GB.
2013 The Passive House Academy: Certified Passive House Designer. The Passive House Institute
1990 Building Technician Certificate The Dublin Institute of Technology
2014 Certificate, Train Trainer, Passive House Design. The Passive House Institute
2000 Diploma, Occupational Health & safety. University College Dublin (UCD
2015 Certificate in Training in Low Energy Buildings Blanchardstown Institute of Technology, Dublin.
1984 Apprenticeship Certificate. The Army Apprentice School


  Employer Position From / To
Mc Inerney Contracting, Dublin. 1st and 2nd Fix Carrpentar. /
Institute of Technology , Sligo Lecturer /
John Paul Construction Assistant Site Manager /
Department of Defence Aid to the Civil Power /
FAS Training Centre, Athlone Instructor /


  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2014 Passive House Institute Certificate Low Energy Construction
1988 Institute of Clerk of Works, (GB). Certificate Construction Site Compliance
1988 City & Guilds of London Institute Certificate Advanced Carpentry and Joinery
2004 The Dublin Institute of Technology M.Phil. Occupational Health & Safety
1994 The Dublin Institute of Technology Certificate Advanced Technological Certificate, Building Technology
2000 National University of Ireland, University College Dublin (UCD Diploma Occupational Health & Safety
2013 The Passive House Institute Certificate Passive House Design
1988 City & Guilds of London Institute Certificate Advanced Carpentry and Joinery
1998 National University Of Ireland, Maynooth Diploma Occupational Health & Safety
2015 Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Certificate Certificate in Training in Low Energy Construction
1990 The Dublin Institute of Technology Certificate Building Technician Certificate,
1993 Chartered Institute of Building, Great Britain (GB Certificate Site Management Studies
1988 The Army Apprentice School , Devoy Barracks Naas. Certificate Apprenticeship, Carpentry & Joinery.


  Client Description
Health & Safety Authority
Contracted to carry out a review for FAS, by the Safety Health Authority, with a focus on enhancing occupational Health & Safety Education in the Trade of Carpentry & Joinery, for the Standard Based Apprenticeship System.
FAS Safe Pass
Delivery of the Fas Safe Pass Training System

Teaching Interests

The following is includes Programs I Lectured on:

Standard Based Apprenticeship, Trade of Carpentry & Joinery
ii. BSc. Advanced Wood & Sustainable Building Technology, Level 7
iii.Supervision of Projects for:
a.BSc. Quantity Surveying, Level 8
b.BSc. Construction Project Management, Level 8
iii. The Fas Safe Pass Training Program.

Subjects taught:

i.Carpentry & Joinery, Craft theory & Practical
ii.Environmental Building Science
iii.Occupational Health & Safety
iv.Passive House Design
v.Building Regulations
vi.Sustainable Construction Technology
vii.Design and Fabrication, Low Energy Building Fabric Models.