Conference Programme

08.30 Registration with tea and coffee

Opening Session - An Overview of the Sustainability Landscape for Ireland’s Built Environment
: 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
: 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
Panel Question Time followed by Lunch

Session Three - Green Buildings, Green Construction and Green Jobs
: 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
: Martin Murray, PHAI

15.25 EnerPHit – Getting The Balance Right – 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


Participation in the conference is subject to payment of a registration fee. Numbers are strictly limited to 125 delegates – registration in advance is highly recommended to avoid disappointment!

The conference delegate rate is €125
RIAI Members and Student rate €85.
All refreshments are included. Full conference proceedings will be sent to delegates after the event.

Note: The number of exhibitor’s is limited and space will be allocated on a first come basis.

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A limited number of rooms are available at the Stillorgan Park Hotel, Dublin. To avail of the reduced conference rate €89 (bed and breakfast) please call Christine Quinn on 01 200 1813 and quote 'SEAI event'.

Note: Depending on numbers there may be a shuttle service provided from the hotel to UCD.

Cancellation Policy

If you register and are then unable to attend a substitute delegate may attend at no additional charge. A refund, less 10% administration fee, will be given for cancellations received in writing 14 days prior to the conference. No refund can be made after this date.

Further Information

If you have any questions or require further information please contact Paul Dykes (SEAI REIO) Tel 023 8863393 or Email