Passive House Conference 2 Speakers

Dr Shane Colclough, University of Ulster and Energy Expertise, PHAI Chairman

Dr-Shane-ColcloughShane Colclough has been a chartered engineer since 1994 and received an MBA from the Smurfit Business School in 1998. He works in the Centre for Sustainable Technologies in the University of Ulster in addition to managing his consultancy firm, Energy Expertise Limited.

He holds a Ph.D. for his work on the application of the Passivhaus standard to Ireland and has been working for the past five years in the area of Thermal Energy Storage Applied to the Passivhaus Standard in the Irish Climate.
He has authored a number of papers on the topic of passive houses, solar assisted space heating and inter- seasonal energy storage and has presented at a number of international conferences. He presented a paper at the International Passive House Institute Conference in Hannover last year where he also participated as part of the expert panel.

Dr Colclough is currently working on the €9m pan European project EINSTEIN which focuses on the application of seasonal thermal energy storage in conjunction with heat pumps along with a number of European partners.


Katherine Keane, Head of Department of Architecture, Cork Institute of Technology

kkeane photos feb 2008 006vert (Small)Katherine Keane started her architectural education in DIT and worked in Dublin before receiving a Teaching Assistantship at the University of Wisconsin to complete a BSc in Architecture and a Master of Architecture in 1985. She registered as an architect in New York and worked with Emilio Ambasz on the 1992 World’s Fair Masterplan in Seville Spain, Philip Johnson and Associates, the Croxton Collaborative, and the City of New York. In 1993 in private practice, based in Washington DC, she received first place in an International Design Competition, Carta di Megaride, for the City of the 21st Century sponsored by the United Nations, the University of Naples, and the National Research Council Italy. The proposal illustrated a planning system based on sustainable principles working with nature. In 1995 Katherine accepted a teaching position at Washington State University. During her tenure at WSU her research and publications focused on environmental and sustainable issues, national and international activities including presentation at UN conferences and USAID team member visit to Afghanistan 2005. In 2008 Katherine returned to Ireland to assume the role of Head of Department of Architecture at Cork Institute of Technology.


John Desmond, Managing Director, Cygnum

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John Desmond is one of the founders of Cygnum which was established in 1997. Over the following decade the company grew to become one of Ireland’s largest manufacturers of timber frame. In 2007, when market conditions in Ireland became more challenging, the company successfully opened an office in the UK. It has now become one of Ireland and the UK’s leading timber frame companies with all manufacturing taking place at a state of the art facility in Macroom, Co. Cork. Cygnum supplies timber frame for houses (both one-off and volume), hotels, apartment blocks, care homes, schools and other public buildings. John has successfully built up a team of highly experienced engineers, timber frame designers, Passivhaus designers and construction specialists.

In recent years Cygnum has become very focussed on the Passivhaus market. In 2011, Cygnum built one of the UK’s first Passivhaus registered schools at Oakmeadow in Wolverhampton. The success of the project and quality of delivery has led to many further large scale Passivhaus projects including schools, an archive centre in Hereford and more recently the prestigious Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia, widely believed to be the UKs ‘greenest’ large building.


Mark Smith, Director of Timber Engineering, Cygnum


Mark is a Structural Engineer who heads up the technical side of Cygnum timber Frame where he has worked since 2002. His career commenced in 1989 in a Civil & Structural Engineering Consultancy where after a time he began to specialise in timber engineering. Recently he has spent a lot of his time working on domestic, commercial and school projects which are Passivhaus certified.


Paul O’Sullivan, Lecturer, CIT

Paul (Small)Paul is a Lecturer in Building Energy Systems at Cork Institute of Technology and Principal Investigator at MeSSO. He is a Chartered Engineer, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queens University Belfast and a Master’s Degree in Building Services Engineering from Brunel University where he is also currently completing a PhD investigating the cooling potential of slotted louver single sided ventilation systems. He won the Best Paper Award for his work at the 35th AIVC International Conference in Poland in 2014. Prior to working at CIT Paul spent 10 years in industry in design, consultancy and project based roles in Ireland and Europe. He was the lead energy engineer for the RIAI best sustainable project of the year 2010. He is currently involved in the ZERo2020 research testbed initiative at CIT and is Irish Representative and subtask co-leader for the IEA-EBC Annex 62 international research program on ventilative cooling.


John Morehead,  Wain Morehead Architects Ltd.


John has over 26 years’ experience in a wide variety of architectural and urban design projects for both the public and private sector. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, a fully Certified Passive House Designer and board member of the PHAI, a member of the Irish Project Management Institute and a registered BER assessor in both domestic and non-domestic buildings. He also qualified to level 1 ITC thermography in 2009.

His entire professional career has been committed to sustainable, quality, performance driven architecture delivering very low energy buildings. In 2010 WMA completed their first fully Certified Passive House in Carrigaline. Other projects would include the Garden Still house, Midleton, Passive House domestic buildings in both the Cork City and West Cork, 2 of which are currently near completion and are now focusing on introducing this standard of performance to commercial buildings. John has extensive experience in climatology and its application in low energy buildings providing support to other designers worldwide.


Marlene O’Mahony, Munster Joinery

Marlene-o-mahonyMarlene O’Mahony graduated from UCC in 1980 with an electrical
engineering degree.  Having taught for a number of years at CIT she joined
Munster Joinery in 1988 and grew the quality function within the business.

In recent years she has been involved in optimising the thermal
performance of the product range and has been instrumental in certifying
several products to Passiv Haus standards.  Her role also includes
promoting a focus on environmental issues and sustainability within the


Cllr. Marie Baker, County Councillor representing Blackrock Ward on Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
imageCurrently serving her third term on Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Marie topped the poll in the Blackrock Ward in the 2009 and 2014 elections.
She has been honoured to serve as Cathaoirleach or Mayor of the Council from June 2009 – June 2010 and again from June 2014 –June 2015.
As Cathaoirleach she chaired County Council, County Development Plan, Corporate Policy Group and Budget meetings.
Current involvement at Council & Community Level
Current member of the Planning Strategic Policy Committee (SPC)
Current member of the Environment, Climate Change & Energy SPC
Chair of DLR Leisure
Company Secretary Blackrock Business Network (Business Association for Blackrock)
Chair of the Facility Management Committee 29th Dublin Blackrock Scouts
Marie is a full time councillor dedicated to dealing with local issues. Marie is married with four children and she lives with her family in Blackrock, she is very much part of the community, and therefore sees the problems as she goes about her daily life.


Simon Jones, Commercial Director UK and Ireland, Aereco Ltd. Chair, Irish Ventilation Industry Association Industry Expert, National Mirror Group for the recast EPBD

BA2A3038Simon Jones brings over a decade of experience in building services and renewables and in particular ventilation. He has been a leading voice in better recognition of ventilation and IAQ as a critical partner to advancing building techniques and standards in Ireland.




Gareth Selby, Associate and CEPH Designer, MEng(Hons) MArch
selbyGareth is currently an Associate with eight years experience working at Architype having before worked as at practices specialising in housing and community projects in Nottinghamshire, and for a short spell as a mechanical engineer.

Gareth has worked on a number of Passivhaus projects in the office and is currently working on the University of East Anglia’s Enterprise Centre that is set to be the largest Passivhaus in the country and Hackbridge Primary School, which is also designed to be Carbon Zero. Gareth is also a project manager on the RAPIERE software project in lifecycle carbon. The RAPIERE software project being collaboration between Architype, Sweet Group, Chapman-BDSP and Green Space Live to produce a fast, cloud based, lifecycle carbon and cost software.

Gareth is a Trustee for a children’s charity called Mat to Fore based in Ghana, and a Director of a Charity called CREATIVenergie that delivers training and exemplar projects in appropriate construction and energy technology, currently with projects in Kenya and Ghana.


David Murray, Innovation Manager, Coillte Panel Products (CPP)

David_MurrayDavid Murray is Innovation Manager with Coillte Panel Products, heading up the company’s R&D drive. A UL graduate in Wood Science & Technology, David has 17 years’ experience working in technical and sales roles in the timber industry in Ireland and the UK, including TRADA as a Timber Frame Consultant. His areas of expertise include Wood Panel Products, Engineered Wood Products, Timber Frame and Off Site Construction. David is passionate about developing sustainable new value-added products that meet the ever-changing needs of CPP’s customers, specifiers and end users alike. Recent new products include Medite Vent and SmartPly VapAirTight OSB, which were developed specifically for the growing Passivhaus and Low Energy timber frame market.


Martin Howley, SEAI

I manage the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s Energy (SEAI) Policy Statistical Support Unit (EPSSU). Based in Cork, the Unit has a lead role in developing and maintaining comprehensive national and sectoral statistics for energy production, transformation and end use, including energy prices. I have worked since 1979 in various energy related roles in the antecedents of SEAI from IIRS through Eolas, Forbairt, Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Energy Centre. SEAI has a lead role in developing and maintaining comprehensive national and sectoral statistics for energy production, transformation and end use.  This data is a vital input in meeting international reporting obligations, for advising policy makers and informing investment decisions.  Based in Cork, EPSSU is SEAI’s specialist statistics team.


turloughTurlough Clancy graduated from the Hull School of Architecture. After working under the direction of Dr Ken Yeang in Malaysia and Australia, where the practice focus was on the design and development of “Bio Climatic Skyscrapers”, Turlough returned to Ireland and joined A&D Wejchert Architects in Dublin and later Henry J Lyons Architects in Cork, where he currently practices. Turlough has over 18 years experience in the design, development and delivery of medium to large scale public and private buildings principally in the education, health and commercial sectors.