*All speakers to be confirmed


Prince Regent Suite

Track 2:

W B Yeats (capacity 120)

Track 3:

Jonathan Swift (capacity 60)

7.30am to 8.30am

Registration and tour of Expo

9am to 10.30am

Opening Plenary Session

  • Placing Climate Change at the Centre of Government Policy: Senior Minister TBC

  • Ireland Plays Global Leadership Role in Bending the Carbon Curve: Scott Foster, Director of Sustainable Energy Division, UNECE

  • Accelerating Delivery of High Performance Buildings: Andrée Dargan, County Architect, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

10.30 to 11.00amCoffee: Expo Room
Morning Parallel Tracks:

Retrofitting At Scale:

Chair: SEAI

Bigger, Bolder, Brighter High Performance Buildings:

Chair: RIAI

Breath of Fresh Air:

Chair: CIBSE


One Building at a Time Ain’t Going to Cut it: Pittsburgh 2030 District

Jenna Cramer, Executive Director, Green Building Alliance, Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh 2030 District is comprised of building owners and facility managers, community partners, and local resource partners who are taking on the aggressive reductions targets of the 2030 Challenge. Current commitments to the inspirational 50% reduction goals by the year 2030 include 565 buildings, totalling 7.6 million m2 (73% of the District’s floor area). Jenna will outline the motivations for the project, the challenges encountered and recommendations for communities that wish to tackle climate change at a municipal scale.

Get Smart: College Campus Places Comfort Front and Centre

Barry McCarron, Senior Business Development Officer, South West College Enniskillen

South West College Enniskillen is nearing completion of the first educational non-domestic building to be built according to the Passive House Premium Standard in the world. This £24.6 million investment will create a modern 8,200 square metre college, filled with cutting-edge technology, hosting 7,000 students and 200 employees. Barry, will provide an overview of the project from piles to parapet and detail the challenges involved in meeting what is arguably the world’s most stringent energy efficiency standard.

Part F Uncovered

Emmanuel Bourdin, Technical Adviser, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Delivery of NZEB requires compliance with Technical Guidance Documents Part L and Part F, the latter being focused on ventilation. Emmanuel Bourdin will detail the requirements of Part F and how the mantra “Build Tight - Ventilate Right” and the provision of adequate ventilation is central to Building Regulations. Part F 2019 of the Building Regulations for ventilation sets the performance requirements for how we ventilate our homes and ensure adequate indoor air quality - hear directly from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government as to what lies ahead.


Ireland's Deep Retrofitting Programme - From Pilot to Popular

Conor Hanniffy Programme Manager, Deep Retrofit Pilot Programme, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Ireland has embarked on one of the most ambitious deep retrofit programmes in the world, aiming to retrofit 1 million homes by 2050. As a 3-year test-bed phase draws to a close, Conor Hanniffy, Programmer Manager with SEAI, will reflect on lessons learned and outline what motivations, measures and incentives need to be mobilised in order to move Ireland "pilot" to "popular". Conor will focus on critical path issues including retrofit financing, skills gap, supply chain and district-approaches to dramatically reducing carbon emissions from the existing building stock.

The Sky’s the Limit: 28 Storey Tower Breaks the High Performance Record

Germán Velázquez Arizmendi, Passivhaus Architect at Varquitectos, Spain

The recently completed Bolueta high-rise by VArquitectos is the tallest Passive House building in the world. Located in Bilbao, Spain, the project includes an adjacent 9-storey building with 63 apartments dedicated for social housing. The global trend towards increased urbanisation will require higher densities in cities - “building up instead of out”. The Bolueta tower is an exemplary project where stunning architecture delivers excellence in energy efficiency and comfort. Germán’s enthusiasm for the project is infectious and he will leave you in no doubt that it’s time to deliver on “high” performance!

Elephant in the Room: Quality Assured Ventilation

Simon Jones, Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre

Whether your strategy is hole in the wall, continuous extract, demand controlled or with heat recovery, all ventilation systems in Ireland have to be designed, balanced, commissioned and validated by competent persons. Simon will explain the impact this is likely to have for the residential construction sector in Ireland and tease out the skills that are needed to cost effectively deliver this NZEB requirement.


Solving the Retrofit Finance Puzzle


EIT Climate-KIC is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy. Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, we identify and support innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt to climate change. We believe that a decarbonised, sustainable economy is not only necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change, but presents a wealth of opportunities for business and society.

International Centre of Excellence in High Performance Buildings

Art McCormack, MosArt

A 5,000m2 commercial office project is underway in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, which is targetting both Passive House certification and an A1 energy rating. Located on an elevated west-facing site overlooking the River Slaney, the balancing of heating and cooling demands was paramount in the overall design strategy. Art will provide an overview of the design and detailing employed to realise this exemplary project, including the off-site manufacturing process used for the low-carbon exterior envelope.

Quality of Indoor Air in Ireland - Research Results

Doctor Marie Coggins, Academic Director, Schools of Physics, National University of Ireland, Galway

Marie Coggins is one of Ireland's foremost experts in indoor air quality (IAQ), having published in 2012 a health burden assessment of exposure due to fossil fuel use in Irish homes. In 2017, Marie started to look at IAQ in homes post energy renovations (including PM2.5, Formaldehyde, BTEX, CO and radon changes before and after 'moderate energy' retrofits). Her most recent work looks at comparing IAQ levels pre and post post 'deep' energy renovations. Marie will present results of extensive research which points to the critical importance of ensuring adequate ventilation as part of any retrofit strategy.

1.00pm to 2.00pmLunch
Afternoon Parallel Tracks:

Deep Retrofit Case Studies:

Chair: TBC

Housing Innovation Zone:

Chair: Irish Council for Social Housing

Contractors Role in Delivering NZEB

Chair: CIF


Good as New: Social Housing gets 21st Century Upgrade

Andrée Dargan, County Architect, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is one of the leading local authorities in Ireland in terms of energy efficiency policy initiatives and pilot projects. This deep retrofit project consists of two blocks of terraced housing to which different approaches were used in terms of mechanical systems for ventilation, heating and hot water. Andreé will outline the pros and cons of both approaches, providing a valuable insight into deep retrofitting strategies for owners of similar properties.

Hastoe Housing Association, Wimbish

Details to come

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Addressing the Construction Skills Gap through World Class Training

Michael O’Brien, Innovation Manager, Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board

WWETB identified a major NZEB skills gap in the contractor community in early 2018 and proceeded to develop the first-in-Europe trade-specific training programmes peer reviewed by a national advisory panel. It developed state-of-the-art hands-on training facilities in Enniscorthy and Waterford in late 2018 and since that time has trained 100’s of contractors in the essentials of NZEB, both new-build and retrofit. Michael O’Brien will provide an overview of the training centres, the skills that are delivered and the anticipated impact this will have on cost-effective delivery of NZEB at a national scale.


Úber Urban Upgrade: Apartment Block Makes the ‘Passive’ Grade

Cecilia Lopez Naughton, Senior Executive Architect, Dublin City Council.

Dublin City Council is responsible for a vast portfolio of housing stock, some of which consists of apartment blocks which are in need of upgrade and repair. Cecilia will outline the deep retrofit of one such block, certified to the Passive House ‘EnerPHit’ standard, promising low energy bills as well as great comfort and indoor air quality for the residents. Training the construction crew was central to meeting the stringent airtightness targets, as well as exemplary detailing and careful site inspections.

Quantifying the Multiple benefits of low energy housing - how Small heating demand makes Big sense:

Dr Shane Colclough, UCD

Details to come

Delivering NZEB at Scale

Norman Higgins, Director of Housing at John Sisk and Son

Norman Higgins will outline the challenges presented by one of the largest NZEB projects in Ireland. A veritable smorgasboard consisting of 534 residential units, six local authorities and three different construction systems. If you're looking for an overview of different approaches to delivering cost-effective social housing - this one's for you.


To Keep or Not to Keep - The Carbon Conundrum of Deep Retrofits

Peter A. Cox, Managing Director of Carrig Conservation International

Many building owners across the world are faced with difficult choices regarding future prospects of their assets, namely whether to retain and retrofit or demolish and rebuild. Peter Cox has been grappling with this throughout his thirty years of stone conservation experience in historical buildings and in dealing with all types of porous building materials. Through a variety of case studies, Peter will highlight the opportunities and pitfalls that are most commonly encountered on such projects and provide hope and inspiration for building designers and owners on a way forward, no matter how great the challenge.

All-Rounder: A1, Rapid Build, Urban-Infill, Social Housing Project

Bob Hannan, Senior Architect, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

This scheme of 12 units is located a stone’s-throw from Dún Laoghaire Harbour, developed on a tight brownfield site connecting the town’s main street with the waterfront. The homes achieve an A1 BER rating and a silvert certification in the Irish Green Building Council’s Home Performance Index. The simple design consisting of just two house types combined with a restrained palette of materials facilitated an off-site rapid-build construction process. Bob will provide an overview of the scheme, including motivations behind exceeding the NZEB standard as well as the challenges presented by the constrained site and the objective of providing all residents with front-door access.

Construction Industry Register of Ireland (CIRI)



3.30pm to 4.00pmCoffee
Closing Plenary Session
  • Envelope or Mechanical? Getting the Balance Right in High Performance Buildings: Lois Arena, Steven Winter Associates, Norwalk, Connecticut.

    Lois Arena is one of the best-known high-performance building services engineers in the US and has worked on several flagship projects including the 26 storey Cornell Tech project in Manhattan, probably the most efficient residential tower in NYC. Prepare to be highly engaged by Lois’ no-nonsense presentation style as she outlines the challenges facing building services designers in delivering high performance buildings. A shift is taking place away from highly complex mechanical systems towards simpler models which optimise comfort and superior indoor air quality. Lois has faced that challenge and come out the far side. Share the journey she has undertaken and be inspired with the new paradigm whereby the envelope is front-and-centre of any mechanical services strategy.

  • Sustainable Cities - A Path To Curbing Climate Change: Richard Yancey, Executive Director, Building Energy Exchange, NYC.

    70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas and cities by 2050 according to the UN. Furthermore, in excess of 80% of today’s building stock will still exist in 2050. If we are to dramatically reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, therefore, our focus has to be toward creating highly sustainable towns and cities. A leading city that is facing up to this challenge is New York, which has set a target of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. We are thrilled to be joined by Richard Yancey, Executive Director of the New York Building Energy Exchange (BE-EX) who will provide an overview of the measures which NYC is implementing to meet these challenging goals. Many of these are directly transferable to towns and cities all over the world, including the ‘Retrofit Accelerator’, ‘Buildings of Excellence’ competition and ‘Emissions Caps’ on large buildings. It’s high-time to make serious moves on bending the emissions curve, and Richard promises to provide inspiration for the journey.

  • Special Guest VIP Presenter: TBC.

    Details to come.

5.30pmComplimentary post-forum drinks reception