See The Light 2014

Theme: 2030: Achieving Intelligent Energy Balance

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08.30 | Registration / Coffee

09.00 | Plenary Presentations – Astra Hall

  • Introduction (Dr Shane Colclough, PHAI Chairman)
  • Welcome Address UCD (Prof Gregory O’Hare, Director of the UCD Earth Institute)
  • Strategic Issues in Achieving Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (Dr Brian Motherway, CEO SEAI)
  • Lessons from the Past and Needs of the Future for Passive Houses Today (Prof Robert Hastings)
  • Financing Retrofit 2030, David Hughes
  • Awarding of Design Charette Prizes

10.40 | Coffee and Tour of Trade Exhibition

11.00 | Morning Parallel Sessions (see detail below)

12.30 | Lunch / Exhibition

13.30 | Afternoon Parallel Sessions (see detail below)

15.00 | Coffee

15.30 | Plenary Presentations – Astra Hall

  • Presentation of Design Charette Winner’s Project
  • The Corporates’ Role in Achieving Intelligent Energy Balance (Noel Morrin, Skanska)

16.00 | Panel Discussion: How to Achieve Intelligent Energy Balance

17.00 | Drinks Reception & Networking



Morning Parallel Sessions

  1. Exemplary Irish PassivHaus Projects (Chair Martin Murray– Blue Room

Despite our economic difficulties Ireland continues to occupy a leadership role in regard to Passive House Projects. This session offers an overview of four exemplary Irish projects, ranging in type from residential to institutional to commercial and low carbon. Come and hear of the challenges and victories to be had in achieving this high quality of construction within the Irish construction industry and see and discuss the latest developments in retrofit technologies.

  • Paul McNally, Paul McNally Ecological Architecture: PassivHaus Pharmacy and Apartment in Clonmel
  • Paul McAlisterCentre of Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology, Enniskillen
  • Joseph LittleLessons from Residential Refurbishment Projects
  • Zeno Winkens, Winkens Architecture: Passive Houses Can be Green, Lean and Potentially Mainstream – Residential Case Studies
  1. Research and Innovation (Chair Vivienne Brophy, Deputy Head UCD School of Architecture & Director UCD Energy Research Group) – Red Room

This session provides two takes on post-occupancy analysis: one from the perspective of personal experiences of living in three generations of housing, and the other the result of monitoring Ireland’s first multi-unit passive house development in UCD’s student residence, Roebuck Hall. In addition, the session looks at an innovative approach to carrying out a Hygrothermal analysis and the inherent trade-offs between reducing energy consumption and increasing embodied energy in the Irish climate.

  • John Carney, Waterford IT: Comparison of Experiences in Owning and Living in Various House Types in the Same Location
  • Ann-Marie Fallon, The Regeneration Partnership: Whole Building Hygrothermal Analysis: A Value-Added Design Approach
  • Joan Carreras, Taragonna University: Energy Versus Carbon Performance – An Irish Case Study
  • Patxi Hernandez, Tecnalia: Roebuck Hall Residence Results of Monitoring
  1. From Passive House to Passivhaus: 10 Interesting Things about Passive Houses (A General Guide for Non-Experts in Passivhaus – Chair Fintan Smyth) – Astra Hall
  • Tomas O’Leary, Passive House Academy: All you’ve ever wanted to know about Passive House but were afraid to ask!
  • Darren O’Gorman, Target Zero: Quality in Design, Detailing and Construction
  • Damien Mullins, HeatDoc: Heating Options for Passive House Projects
  • Séamus Mullins, Michael Bennett & Sons: What does a Passive House Cost?



Afternoon Parallel Sessions

  1. Building Regulation – Disruptive Innovation for Better Outcomes  (Chair Archie O’Donnell) – Astra Hall

Recent legislative changes are having a profound effect in how we deliver houses at volume to fulfil the housing deficit. The goal for the industry is quality outcomes for design performance and user experience. Adaption is not without its challenges and we want to show how the broader market is working together to achieve these goals, but also highlight some gaps that are emerging in implementing the building control regime, which urgently need creative solutions to remedy.

  • Pat Barry, Irish Green Building Council: Voluntary Benchmarks for Quality New Housing Delivery
  • Seán Armstrong, Environment Community and Local Government: Legislative Drivers for Building Quality and Performance
  • Conall Finn, i3PT Certification: The Role of the Specialist Ancillary Certifier on Large Commercial Projects
  • Ciaran Ferrie, Ciarán Ferrie Architects: Responsibilities for the Small Design Practice
  1. Passive House on AIR (Chair John Morehead) – Blue Room

This stream puts a focus on air distribution, containment and environmental control in PH buildings and will discuss how various comfort, fabric and environmental strategies can be controlled through careful design and product selection. We are also going to learn about two innovative Irish manufactured and developed products for low energy buildings and dispel any myths on how ventilation and heat recovery installations can be correctly populated in DEAP for compliance with TGD L.

  • Dr Guillaume Coste, Coillte: A New System for Low Energy Timber Frame Structures
  • David McHugh, ProAir: Development of a New HRV System
  • Niall Crossan, Ecological: Airtightness: When it’s not as airtight as it’s Cracked up to be!
  • Maurice Falvey, Nilan Ireland: Effective Mechanical Engineering Strategies to Passive House Achievement
  1. The International Perspective (Chair David Hughes) – Red Room

As our ambition grows for both new build and particularly retrofit of the existing building stock these exemplar projects show that in the right hands all building types can achieve Passivhaus standards.

  • Julien Rivat, DPLG: A Listed Building Retrofit to Passiv Haus Standard (more)
  • Marion Baeli, Paul Davis + Partners: Residential Retrofit: Case Studies with POE and Details – Passivhaus retrofit of a small Victorian brick terraced house in London (more)
  • Prof Michel De Paepe, Ghent University: Brussels Going Passive in 2015