High Performance Buildings Tour

  • 10.15am: Gather at main reception area of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council offices

  • 10.30am: Short walk to new-build NZEB residential scheme at George's Place

  • 11.30am: Short bus-transfer to deep retrofit and extension to social housing apartment block at Rochestown Avenue

  • 12.30pm: Bus-transfer return to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council offices

1.00pm to 2.00pm

Mezzanine, beside New Council Chamber

Networking Pre-Workshop light lunch hosted by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

2.00pm to 3.15pm

New Council Chamber

Practical Demo! Keep it Tight - Airtightness and Vapour Control in High Performance Buildings

Saint Gobain Technical Academy

As buildings need to get tighter in order to comply with NZEB, airtightness and vapour control becomes increasingly important. Specialist technicians from the Saint Gobain Technical Academy will give a hands on demonstration of details, materials and application tips to get the best results for your project. The often-misunderstood concept of 'breathing construction' will also be laid-bare and a jargon-free guide provided to optimised vapour control.

Old Council Chamber

Smart Guide to NZEB for Developers, Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies

Dara McGowan, Art McCormack and Stephen Donoghue, MosArt

NZEB becomes mandatory in Ireland on 1st November 2019. The sectors likely to be most affected by this are developers and providers of multi-residential schemes. This workshop will detail how best to optimise the key elements of NZEB relating to envelope, mechanical systems and renewable energy. Art and Dara will tease out the subtleties involved in such elements as airtightness, thermal bridging, glazing, ventilation and much more. The core objective is to present a jargon-free summary of where providers of housing in Ireland should focus in terms of cost effective delivery to the NZEB standard.

Assembly Hall

Practical Demo! Join the Heat Pump Generation:

David McConnell, Heating Product Manager, Mitsubishi

Heat pump technology is being widely deployed in Ireland over the last few years, with fewer and fewer oil and gas boilers being installed. The idea behind this workshop is to take the cover off (literally!) common air-to-water heat pump models and to explain how these heating devices work. It will provide an invaluable opportunity for designers and specifiers to understand how best to optimise the use of such technology in the context of meeting NZEB requirements.

3.15pm to 3.45pmNetworking tea and coffee break
3.45pm to 5.00pm

New Council Chamber

Retrofitting 50,000 Homes Per Year - It's Time to Think Big!:

Fergal Murphy, General Manager, Kingspan Insulation

The Irish Government has set a target of retrofitting 500,000 homes in Ireland by 2030. Delivering on this ambition is going to require a coordinated approach by key players, including Local Authorities, Approved Housing Bodies, the finance sector, designers, contractors and material suppliers and manufacturers. Fergal Murphy from Kingspan will lead a 'Town Hall Meeting' to discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead with a view to developing a road map for delivery on Ireland's commitments on retrofitting.

Old Council Chamber

DEAP 4 and NZEB:

Orla Coyle, Programme Manager, SEAI

The dwelling energy assessment procedure, or DEAP, is a tool that can be used to demonstrate compliance with NZEB. DEAP estimates the primary energy demand, carbon emissions and renewable energy ratio for your project. A new online version of DEAP is being released in advance of the NZEB deadline of 1st November 2019, and Orla will provide an overview of key features which will be of interest to both BER Assessors and designers alike.

Assembly Hall

Practical Demo! Get Fresh with NZEB: Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery

Maurice Falvey, Nilan Ireland

NZEB is going to require that all ventilation systems used in Ireland in domestic construction are designed, balanced, commissioned and independently validated. This is without a doubt one of the most impactful measures of NZEB. Maurice will demonstrate one of the key technologies used in meeting ventilation requirements, that of mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, or ‘MVHR’ for short. He will dismantle the Nilan Compact system to show you how heating, ventilation and hot water can be provided in one so-called ‘compact’ system.


Mezzanine, beside New Council Chamber

Networking reception at Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council Chamber kindly hosted by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council


Forum Gala Dinner

Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel in Killiney (ticketed event) buy tickets here