Andrée Dargan

Andrée Dargan is the County Architect at Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council where she is a member of the Council’s Management Team and heads up the Architects’ Department which provides a broad range of building related services in the areas of Housing, Civic Buildings, Public Realm, Urban Design, Energy, Conservation and Dangerous Buildings.

She is the nominated Energy Performance Officer for DLR as defined under Public Sector – Energy Efficiency Strategy and is a fellow of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. She has for many years been an advocate for low energy building design.


Barry McCarron

Barry Mc Carron is the Senior Business development officer for South West College Innotech Centre. A key part of this role includes the reasonability for the award winning CREST (Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies) Pavilion at South West College in Northern Ireland.

Barry is currently completing a PhD in Queen’s University Belfast investigating the passive house building standards influence on indoor radon concentrations. He has more than fifteen years’ experience in the construction industry specialising in sustainable construction and renewable energy. Barry is a key part of the team at South West College working towards developing the College into a Regional Centre of Excellence for Passive House. He has previously presented at a number of international conferences including the SPPHC 2017, NAPHN 2017 and 21st IPHC 2017.


Cecilia Lopez-Naughton

Registered Architect RIAI, Licensed Architect in NY State. B Sci and B Arch in Architecture (City College of NY). Dipl. Tecnico Urbanista- IPA-Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Spain

Worked initially for the private sector in NY on commercial and residential projects and for the City of NY on refurbishment of Child Care Facilities. Have worked on housing refurbishments, regeneration and community projects for DCC since 1997.  Managed programme (also project architect) of energy retrofits to Senior Citizen’s accommodation (9 no. sites in 13 no. phases), Currently in team auditing and programming the Estate Renewal potential to existing DCC Housing Estates Citywide (240+ sites- apartments only)


Connor Hanniffy

With a background in Mechanical Engineering and Project Management, Conor has over 20 year’s programme management experience in private and public sectors. Conor has previously managed SEAI’s Accelerated Capital Allowance programme for energy efficient equipment and the Building Energy Rating Programme. Conor now manages SEAI’s Deep Retrofit Pilot Programme.



Germán Velázquez Arizmendi

VArquitectos. More than 10,000 housings since 1972. Nzeb and Passivhaus projects, engineering and consultancy. Different Passivhaus certified projects; from a Congress Center, to residential buildings, health center, sports center and a laboratory in progress.


Lois Arena, Director of Passive House Services at Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Lois possesses over 25 years experience in the building science field and has extensive experience with new and existing buildings. She holds both US and international Passive House consultant certifications and is currently consulting on some of the largest and most difficult Passive House projects in the world.

She has co-authored and presented training programs about energy efficient building practices to professionals in all sectors of the building industry and is regularly invited to present at conferences and private firms around the world to discuss the benefits of and road blocks to PH adoption.


Michael O Brien

Michael O Brien is currently employed as Innovation and Development Manager with Waterford & Wexford Education and Training Board. In 1989, he graduated with a BSC from UCC followed by a H Dip Ed in 1990. In 2010, Michael graduated with a MEd(Sc) from UCC.
Michael is working with WWETB since graduating and has served many roles including as a Teacher of Physics, Science and Mathematics, WWETB Education Officer, WWETB Director of Schools and as WWETB Further Education and Training Manager.
Michael has many years of experience in the field of Curriculum Development having served on the Physics Curriculum Development Committee (NCCA), Board for Senior Cycle. From 2012 until 2015, Michael was on the Board of NCCA.
Michael continues to take a leading role in the development and delivery of training programmes for NZEB and more recently in ventilation.


Norman Higgins

Norman joined John Sisk & Son as a graduate in 1995 and was appointed General Manager of their housing delivery division, ‘Sisk Living’ in 2016. He is responsible for the day to day operations of the business which will deliver over 1,000 homes per annum. Sisk Living delivered homes to standards beyond nZEB in 2018 and are currently delivering over 600 homes to nZEB standard in the Leinster area.

Norman is a Fellow of the SCSI, and the RICS, past Chair of the SCSI’s Residential committee and became a member of the Irish House Builders Association at national level in January 2017


Peter A Cox

Peter has a primary degree in chemical engineering, he has worked in the analysis of decay of historic masonry, the treatment of stone and mortar in Heritage Buildings, monuments and sites for over 30 years, is the founding member and Managing Director of Carrig Conservation International Limited and has gained over thirty years’ international experience of stone conservation in historic buildings and all types of porous building materials, Carrig also specialises in the conservation of 20th century buildings and is a leading expert in “Concrete Conservation. Carrig has developed two new divisions within the last number of years, one is in pure Research and the other is in the design of Energy Efficient Methodologies for Traditional and Historic Buildings.


Peter has been an active member of ICOMOS Ireland for many years and is a past President and Vice President of ICOMOS Ireland. Peter is also very active on the international ICOMOS scene, Peter is currently President of the ISC on Energy,  Sustainability & Climate Change (ISCES+CC) Peter recently represented ICOMOS International on the CEN/TC346/WG8 on “Energy Efficiency in Heritage Buildings” this is now waiting for final ratification by the EU member countries and has been given the title EN 16883-2016-5. Peter is President of the ICOMOS Ireland National Scientific Committee on Climate Change and its effect on Historic sites and monuments. Peter is an active member of the ICOMOS Focal Point on “Sustainable Development Goals” as part of the United Nations New Urban Agenda, he has attended the initial Conference on the “Urban Agenda & Sustainable Housing” held in Quito, Ecuador and the subsequent two meetings in Istanbul, Turkey and Jeju South Korea. Peter was an official delegate of Ireland at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the UN Headquarters in New York in July 2018 where the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment (DCCAE) presented the Irish VNR (Voluntary National Review).


Peter lectures internationally and on many university architectural, conservation and world heritage sites courses.


Richard C. Yancey

Richard C. Yancey, FAIA, LEED AP, is the founding Executive Director of the Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex), a nonprofit center of excellence that accelerates the transition to healthy, comfortable, and energy efficient buildings by serving as a resource and trusted expert to the building industry.

Through education, exhibits, and actionable research, BE-Ex plays a central role in the climate action plans of both New York City and State, and advances high performance buildings globally, as the founding member of the United Nations ECE International Center of Excellence for High Performance Buildings.

Richard was recognized as a Top Ten New York Energy Entrepreneurs, and Top Ten Cleantech Leaders of New York, by Breaking Energy; and was recently elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He has lectured and published widely; served on expert panels, including the New York City Mayor’s Climate Action Plan Technical Working Group; and received his Master of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.


Ron van Erck

Ron van Erck is co-founder of Energiesprong, which creates volume markets for a new building industry that delivers desirable, affordable, high-quality, and zero-energy retrofit solutions. Its aim is to lead the construction sector into an innovation process and to transform building stock and existing homes into lovely places to live.

Ron is also head of international market development, responsible for scaling Energiesprong internationally. He is passionate about engineering radical solutions that provide an answer to the climate challenge.


Simon Jones

Simon Jones is Commercial Director for Aereco in the UK and Ireland. He is currently Ireland’s representative for Annex 5, Air infiltration and Ventilation centre (AIVC) part of the IEA, Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC). He is on the advisory board for the UK centre for moisture in buildings (UKCMB). And is involved in many other related organisations and activities.

Simon has been in building services and the built environment for nearly two decades and has consistently been a voice for better standards and approaches in the industry


Tomás O’Leary

Tomás O’Leary is Managing Director of MosArt, a multidisciplinary design and consulting firm specialising in high performance buildings. Tomás’ deep dive into sustainable building began when he designed the first Certified House in Ireland where he has been living since 2004. In 2010, Tomás and his Co-Director Art McCormack began delivering educational programmes for designers and contractors in Passive House and NZEB across Ireland, the US, Canada and China. To date they have trained almost 2,500 professionals. MosArt is currently involved in the design of several large-scale residential schemes in Ireland, delivering high-comfort NZEB homes at zero additional cost for developers and contractors.


Scott Foster

Scott Foster manages the energy team for the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe. He is responsible for development of and delivery on the energy programme on behalf of 56 member States, with particular focus on sustainable energy, including energy efficiency, clean electricity production from coal and other fossil fuels, renewable energy, natural gas, coal mine methane, fossil and mineral classification, and energy security.

Dr Shane Colclough

Shane Colclough believes passionately in the potential afforded by low-energy building standards in providing a better standard of housing for our citizens, simultaneously reducing dependence on fossil fuels and eliminating fuel poverty.

He has led research into low-energy dwellings for the past 10 years and is Research Fellow at UCD, in addition to being principal at the consultancy firm Energy Expertise Ltd. He is also active in the not for profit sector and is vice-Chairman of the Passive House Association of Ireland and founding co-Chairman of nZEB Ireland. He has authored many papers on the topic of Passive House and low-energy buildings in addition to presenting at national and international conferences. He is an experienced consultant and serves in the EU as an Expert on Energy-Efficient Buildings.

Emmanuel Bourdin

Emmanuel works in the Building Standards Section of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. He is responsible for TGD L – Dwellings and TGD F, and brings 20 years’ experience in the manufacturing and distribution industries of energy management construction products. Emmanuel holds a Degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Applied Physics.

Dr Marie Coggins

Dr Marie Coggins, is a lecturer in Exposure Science at the School of Physics, NUIG and a member of the Health from Environment group at the Ryan Institute, NUIG. She has worked in industry and academia, managing numerous research projects related to the measurement of human exposure to physical, chemical and biological pollutants in a range of microenvironments. She has held the role of Academic Director of the MSc & HDip Occupational and Environmental Health & Safety programmes in the College of Science, NUIG for almost ten years.

Orla Coyle, Programme Manager – Near Zero Energy Buildings & High Performance Retrofit

Orla is a Chartered Engineer who is Programme Manager for NZEB and High Performance Retrofit within the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Orla’s role involves the development of policy and programmes to encourage the retrofit of Irish building stock and methodologies for demonstrating compliance with NZEB.

She has 20 years’ experience in the energy performance of buildings both in Ireland and Australia. As a consultant Orla was involved the environmental, energy and sustainable assessment of both new and existing buildings.

Jenna Cramer

As the Executive Director of Green Building Alliance, Jenna Cramer integrates health and sustainability into communities throughout Western Pennsylvania. She helms one of the oldest green building organizations in the country, guiding the 25 year-old nonprofit to create environmentally, economically, and socially vibrant places for all.

In her previous decade of service, Ms. Cramer created the Green & Healthy Schools Academy, in addition to establishing the Inspire Speakers Series, which has brought more than 100 thought leaders to Pittsburgh. Named one of Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 under 40, Ms. Cramer holds double bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Studies and Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also maintains accreditations in LEED, the Living Future Challenge (LFA), and RESET standards and certification systems.

Laura Heuston

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Laura Heuston is a sustainable financial consultant and a Founding Director of SustainabilityWorks, a multi-disciplinary sustainability consulting firm.  Laura is passionate about highlighting the key role that the financial sector must play in mobilising finance to tackle climate change and other global sustainability challenges. She has in-depth knowledge of the global and Irish sustainable finance policy and market landscape. She speaks, writes and advises on a broad range of sustainable finance topics, including energy efficiency finance, renewable energy finance, responsible investment and sustainable banking,. She also devises and develops ideas around using finance as a tool to drive citizen engagement on climate action in Ireland.  A Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser, she has over 20 years experience across practice and industry with KPMG and Airtricity, a renewable energy group.  Her niche expertise over that period was working with companies in the renewable energy and energy efficiency finance sectors on transaction structuring, including international M&A and structured finance transactions – including of course Mainstream Renewable Power.

Isaac Smith

As Green Building Alliance’s first Data & Performance Director, Isaac revolutionized how Pittsburgh measures and improves upon energy use. Beginning with the Pittsburgh 2030 District, which counts 540 buildings committed to 50% reductions in energy and water use and transportation emissions, Isaac lead the data analysis efforts which helped grow the program into the largest 2030 District in the world. His attention to measurable environmental impact led to his work implementing the City of Pittsburgh’s Building Benchmarking law, which requires buildings above 50,000 square feet to publicly report their utilities information. Isaac also continues to push some of the largest land owners in the city, like the University of Pittsburgh, to abide by ambitious energy goals for their next 10 years of development.


To better engage the public in reducing their carbon footprint, Isaac lead the development of the Make My Trip Count transportation survey. The survey garnered more than 20,000 responses to questions about mode choice, obstacles to taking cleaner types of transit, and opinion about upcoming transportation improvements. The data generated is being used by the Port Authority and the Southwestern Pennsylvania commission in their long-term transportation planning, including for modeling of the Bus Rapid Transit system.


With a focus on measurable improvements in the city’s health and carbon footprint, Isaac joined Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative. He is currently serving on the board of Landforce to support the transition of Pittsburgh’s workforce to clean and green economies. With everything that he undertakes, Isaac is dedicated to measuring and improving our impact as a society, finding the solutions that help everyone transition to a cleaner future.  When Isaac is not at work you can most likely find him playing Ultimate Frisbee, a sport (yes, a sport) he continues to play today.

Jay Stuart

Jay is Head of Research and Development at DRES Properties where he is leading the integration of sustainable design and technologies to create cost-effective low energy housing for DRES’s large pipeline of projects. Jay is an architect with over 30 years of experience who has specialised in low energy design for the past 18 years. Together with the team at DRES Properties Jay detailed and built the largest certified Passive House housing scheme in Ireland which achieved the NZEB standards 3 years ago at no extra cost.

Bob Hanna

Bob Hannan is a Senior Architect in the Architects’ Department of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. After graduation with Honours from University College Dublin he completed postgraduate studies in urban design at the University of Rouen France and also holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Bob gained considerable experience in residential, retail and commercial development in the private sector before joining Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in 2000. He leads an multi award-winning team that specialises in high energy efficient housing, urban design, the design of civic buildings and public realm projects.