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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Art McCormack

Developer of the world’s first Certified Passive House Tradesperson Training program and designer of the first dedicated contractor training labs in both Europe and the US. Highly experienced and an ardent hands-on trainer operating on both sides of the Atlantic and China, bringing 40 years of architectural design and real-life construction detailing expertise to the classroom. Architect of several Passive House and housing development projects, both new-build and retrofit, and a task leader on international research projects including: Training to nZeb and Fit to nZeb.

Qualifications: B.Arch.; MRIAI; M.Sc. Agric. (in Landscape Horticulture); MILI; M.Sc. U. D. (Urban Design); CPHT: BE; CPHT: BS

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

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


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.

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)

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.