See the Light 2011- Ireland’s Built Environment Reaching for Zero

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See the Light 2011 – Ireland’s Built Environment Reaching for Zero

Thursday 13th October 2011
The Memorial Hall, UCD School of Architecture, Richview, UCD, Dublin

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) Renewable Energy Information Office in association with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), is hosting the ninth See the Light Conference on Thursday 13th October 2011 at the Memorial Hall, UCD School of Architecture, Richview, UCD, Dublin.

The recent introduction of national and international policies for the built environment is bringing about a fundamental rethink in the way we design, construct and operate buildings. Today, it is becoming clear that energy efficiency and building ‘green’ is very much at the heart of the Government’s decision making process. So much so that increasing the energy performance of Ireland’s building stock is fast becoming the preferred choice in providing high quality, high efficiency, dynamic and cost effective solutions for consumers and businesses.

Driven by legislation the coming years will see a sharp increase in the market uptake of highly efficient buildings here in Ireland and throughout Europe: by 2018, new public buildings must be nearly zero energy buildings, by 2020, this will apply to all new buildings. According to the European Buildings Directive, a “nearly zero energy building” is a building that has a very high energy performance and the very low amount of energy required is covered to a very significant extent by energy from renewable sources. Going forward all Member States must draw up national plans for increasing the number of nearly zero energy buildings in new construction and renovation.

This annual showcase conference for the built environment will be of particular interest to:

  • Architects Cork

Conference Programme

08.30 Registration with tea and coffee

Opening Session – An Overview of the Sustainability Landscape for Ireland’s Built Environment
Chair: Prof J Owen Lewis, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

09.30 Welcome and Introduction – Prof J Owen Lewis, CEO, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
09.35 Policy and Regulatory Challenges and the Implications for Ireland’s Built Environment – Martin Vaughan, DoECLG
09.55 From a Century of Architectural Education, Looking Forward – Emmet Scanlon, UCD School of Architecture
10.15 Architects in a Resource Stressed World – Ian Goodfellow, Penoyre and Prasad, UK
10.45 Panel Question Time, followed by Tea / Coffee (served in the Red Room)

Session Two – Sustainable Design and Materials
Chair: Paddy de Roe, RIAI Sustainability Task Force

11.30 Bridging the Gap: Form, Function, Environmental Impact and Energy Use, a Four-fold Approach to Sustainable Design –Prof Hugo Hens, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
12.00 Comparative Study of Building Materials and Embedded Energy in Low Energy and Passive Houses – 
Minka McInerney, Minka McInerney Architect
12.20 Solar Assisted Space Heating in Low Energy and Passive Houses, A Practical Irish Case Study –
Shane Colclough
12.40 Panel Question Time followed by Lunch

Session Three – Green Buildings, Green Construction and Green Jobs
Chair: Vivienne Brophy, UCD Energy Research Group, School of Architecture

14.15 Skilled Workforce and Local Products, the Next Steps for the Passive House in Ireland – Tomás O’Leary, Passive House Academy Ireland
14.35 Ireland’s Living Building Challenge – Brian O’Brien, Solearth Ecological Architecture
14.55 Quantifying the Value of Air Tightness in Ecological and Energy Efficient Buildings – Joseph Little, Joseph Little Architects
15.10 Panel Question Time

Session Four – Sustainable Buildings in Action
Chair: Martin Murray PHAI

15.25 EnerPHit Affordable Retro-fitting, the Wexford Case Study – Cathal O’Leary, OLS Architects
15.40 From the Ashes, the Carroll’s Case Study – Edel Donnelly, BDP
15.55 Graduating to the Passive House Standard, the Roebuck Hall UCD Case Study – Tony Rigg, Kavanagh Tuite
16.10 Panel Question Time and Closing Remarks

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