See the Light 2013 Biographies

Cormac AllenDublin School of Architecture

Cormac Allen is Assistant Head of School at the Dublin School of Architecture, DIT Bolton Street. Prior to taking his position in academia, Cormac practiced as an architect in Ireland and the UK, working with firms such as the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, The Terry Farrell Partnership, Sheppard Robson Architects, the Light Rail Project Office (LUAS), Paul Keogh Architects, Shay Cleary Architects and Murray O’Laoire Architects where he was an associate director until joining DIT as Head of Department of Architectural Technology in 2003.

Since joining DIT, Cormac has led an academic team in the development of a series of science and technology-led building performance programmes, including the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology, Postgraduate Certificate (Thermal Performance Modelling), Postgraduate Certificate (Digital Analysis & Energy Retrofit), MSc (Energy Retrofit Technology), and CPD Diplomas in BIM Technology and Collaborative BIM. He is currently developing a suite of industry-focussed CPD modules aimed at upskilling building design professionals in energy analysis, retrofit technology and Building Information Modelling.

Pat Barry IGBC

pat-barry-85Pat Barry is Executive director of the Irish Green Building Council which he co-founded in 2010. He is an Architect with over 20 years of experience in Ireland, Europe and South America, a Masters in Environmental design of buildings from University of Cardiff and is a qualified Passive House and DGNB consultant.

Edith BlennerhassettEngineering Environments

Edith-BlennerhassettEdith Blennerhassett is a civil engineer who previously worked at Max Fordham where she developed a strong interest in sustainable and low energy design and was project engineer for one of the UK’s early green buildings – The De Montfort University Queen’s Building. In 2010 Edith set up Engineering Environments, which is an engineering consultancy specialising in sustainable engineering, design and building services. Edith has worked on the design of two BREEAM Excellent buildings and delivered a number of projects incorporating efficient and renewable technologies including PV panels, solar thermal panels, biomass boilers, wind turbines, CHP plant and heat pumps.

Paul ButlerEnterprise Ireland

PaulButlerPaul Butler is a Senior Commercialisation Specialist with the Research and Innovation Division of Enterprise Ireland. His primary remit is to develop industry and commercialise products and processes arising out of research being carried out at Universities and IT’s.
He has a number of roles in Europe representing the interests of Ireland at ERA-Net and Technology Platform level. He also is the Irish representative on ENBRI the European Network of Building Research Institutes.

A firm believer in a ‘Skunk Works’ approach to business and engineering, he is solution-focused utilising many new and old technologies and believes we are merely bounded by our knowledge and imagination. Prior to his working with Enterprise Ireland he worked both here and abroad in both Elec/Mech, and  Aerospace engineering firms. He has qualifications in Materials and Design Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and a PhD. in Aeronautics.

Gary / Brendan CarrollEpisensor

Tipperary energy agency SERVE monitoring of 98 house upgrades, supply and installation of monitoring hardware and software to monitor and advise occupant Concert/SEAI funded retrofit. Sensors can detect boiler firing temperature for modulating boilers and secondary heat sources and collect information on indoor temperatures and humidity. Report theoretical and monitored performance results. SERVE Energy Week Presentation

Francis Clauson – Owner – Passive House Wexford

francisFrancis Clauson has 30 years IT experience who has worked for many of the leading edge companies in IT including Computer Associates, EMC and currently Salesforce. He has always had an inquisitive mind and on deciding to build a house spent many hours researching every detail of the proposed build. This including speaking to experts here in Ireland to as far a field as New Zeland and modelling the house both in DEAP and in PHPP. He questioned every detail and always looked for empirical evidence rather than marketing hearsay for any of the products or services used.

Now having lived in the house for a year he will give his feedback on whether all that effort has paid off.

Dr Shane Colclough – University of Ulster and Energy Expertise

Shane 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.

Frank CooneyCooney Architects

Frank Cooney B.Arch MRIAI is an architect who has 20 years working experience in the area of sustainable architecture and design. He graduated from University College Dublin, School of Architecture in 1985. He worked in London with the Terry Farrell Partnership. He was a project architect with Murray O’Laoire Architects Dublin and he worked on Arthurs quay Park project in Limerick, which won an RIAI Gold Medal. He was also project architect for the EU sponsored prototype ‘Green Building’ in Temple Bar.

Frank with his wife Patricia McCaffrey established Cooney Architects in 1995. Cooney Architects recent projects include, the Leitrim Innovation Centre known as ‘The Hive’, with three storey high glass lighting chimneys, the Virginia “Places for People” nursing home, a proposal for a BREEAM excellent recourse centre in Wales, a Code 4 and BREEAM excellent mixed use urban infill development in London, a sports centre based on the principles of Living Building Challenge and a Passivhaus dwelling in Limerick.

Cooney Architects were gold medal winners of a Green Apple Award for the ‘Built Environment and Architectural Heritage’ in 2012, for a low energy retrofit and extension of a period house in Dublin. They also won a silver medal Green Apple Award for the retrofit to almost Passivhaus standard, of a nineteenth century farmhouse in Cavan, which is featured on the front cover of Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s Guidelines on ‘Retrofitted Passive Homes.’

Frank is a member of the RIAI Sustainable Task Force, he was an Assessor of the SEAI Awards in 2011 and he has spoken on the subject of sustainable design such as the “The Challenge of Retro-fitting Public Buildings”; at the National Retrofitting Conference 2012; Part L Lecture Series for the RIAI; SERVE (Sustainable Energy for the Rural Environment) talk in Cloughjordan; the Irish Sustainable Building Show 2009; Cultivate; EBS Green Investment Seminar; the RIAI Western Region; Bank of Ireland “Emerging Opportunities in the Green Sector”; and at the ‘Cavan Goes Green’ Seminar along with a Passive House Presentation in Blackpool, England.

Lee Corcoran Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin Energy Lab

lee-corcoranLee graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology in 2011 with a B.Sc (hons) in Architectural Technology. From here he began his career in private practice where he now holds a core position with Coady Partnership Architects. His particular interests include: Building Physics; Low energy design and refurbishment; Building Information Modeling; and Life Cycle Assessment.

Lee began his research with DIT in February 2012 as an M.Phil student, continuing on from where he left off on his undergraduate work. His research falls into the category of Building Physics, assessing the hygrothermal performance of timber frame wall assemblies under temperate maritime climatic conditions. Recently Lee has made the decision to progress his research from M.Phil level to Ph.D and is currently in the process of transferring. Lee has just recently had a paper published and presented at the Central European Symposium for Building Physics in Vienna.

Pat Cox – Former President of the European Parliament and Finance speaker

Pat-Cox-photoPat Cox was President of the European Parliament until Mid 2004. He has been an MEP since 1989, representing the constituency of Munster in the Republic of Ireland. Before entering politics he worked both as an economics lecturer and as a journalist and TV presenter. In 1998 he was first elected President of the European Liberal Democrat Group. He was unanimously re-elected in June 1999. In 2005 Pat Cox was elected as the new president of the European Movement International. He is the winner of the 2004 Charlemagne Prize for Great European Achievement.

Ross CreminPassivelab

Ross Cremin is a Quantity Surveyor and director of Passivelab, a specialist Passive and low energy cost consultancy. Ross is editor of  a blog which documents his experience of building his own Architect designed house in the midlands – ‘The Passive road to Longford’. Ross will discuss the costs of building to TGD Part L 2011 and the perceived cost uplift for certified Passivhaus.


Maurice-Falvey-photoMaurice Falvey, mechanical engineer with over 25 years experience in technical challenging industries and management of high value engineering projects worldwide. Experience ranges from mechanical design, electrical, hydraulic, ventilation and building services control systems; with a unique skill set and a fresh approach to Building Services design coupled with completed Passive House projects utilising latest low energy renewable technologies; with a focus on emerging renewable energy technologies and integration into low energy and passive house designed buildings; with proven, measured and deliverable results on mechanical installations, design and comfort living with low operating costs.

Wolfgang FeistPassive House Institute

WF-85pxWolfgang Feist, a physicist by training, came into contact with the problems of energy supply early on in his career and soon dedicated his work to the development of systematic solutions. Wolfgang saw the answer he had been seeking in energy efficiency. Working tirelessly on the improvement of energy efficient in buildings since 1980, Feist developed and constructed the first Passive House in 1991 and played a key role in the development of the Passive House Standard. He was awarded the German Environmental Award in 2001 and the Göteborg International Environment Prize in 2003. In 2013, he was awarded the Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Practical solutions have always been the focus of Feist’s work. With the founding of the Passive House Institute in 1996, he created an independent research institution that aids architects, engineers and component manufacturers in the development of highly efficient buildings and components.

In addition to heading the Passive House Institute, Wolfgang Feist is a professor of building physics at the University of Innsbruck where he has worked with the department of Energy Efficient Construction since 2008 to spur development in the region of Tyrol, Austria.

Michael HanrattyIHER Energy Services, The Tabula Project

Michael Hanratty is Managing Director of IHER Energy Services, and Energy Consultant to Energy Action on the ground-breaking EU TABULA and EPICOPE research projects. The Tabula project created a harmonised database of National building typologies. As part of this project typical Irish buildings were assessed using ‘Scenario Analysis’ for typical and advanced energy upgrade options. Michael is now working on the EPISCOPE project, a further development of TABULA, that will produce a typology based system for monitoring and tracking national retrofit progress to NZEB standards. In additional, he is also managing the Nearly Zero Energy Building Open Doors Ireland event that will held on the 8th to 10th of November 2013. This event, designed to showcase practical experiences of designing and living in low energy buildings, is running in 10 European countries under the NZEB 2021 Open Doors project. The Irish NZEB Open Doors event will be run in parallel and in co-operation with the Passivhaus Open Days event in Ireland this year.

Trevor HickeyUniversity of Limerick

TrevorHickeyTrevor Hickey is a lecturer in Architectural Technology Education at the University of Limerick. He is the author of two textbooks relating to residential construction and his research interests include teacher education, construction pedagogy and interdisciplinary pedagogical strategies. He is a Certified Passivhaus Consultant and has developed a series of educational resources for teaching the Passivhaus Standard in the Irish context..

Peter KeigUniversity of Ulster

Peter Keig is a director of Eco-Energy (NI) Ltd and a PhD research student at the University of Ulster. In 2006 Peter changed tack after thirty years in marine engineering and established Eco-Energy (NI) Ltd. Peter’s 2010 MSc thesis was on retrofitting existing dwellings using the Trias Energetica concept and Passivhaus principles to reach an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions.

The focus of Eco-Energy has evolved from being installers of low and zero carbon technologies into retrofitting existing dwellings. The company was successful in winning funding in the UK Technology Strategy Board’s Retrofit for the Future competition to design and build a proof of concept whole house retrofit. Their retrofit of a Belfast terraced house won the UK 2012 BRE-RetroExpo Domestic Retrofit Project of the Year award and a commendation in the 2013 Isover Energy Efficiency awards.

Peter’s current PhD research is on establishing a hierarchy of sequential retrofit solutions which can be cost effectively applied to existing dwellings.

Seamus KiernanHeating Distributers

Heating Distributers supply a wide range of open and room sealed stoves, insert cassettes and boiler stoves, fueled using wood, pellets or gas. Seamus will talk about the practicalities of installing a stove in an ultra low energy house. Sizing, part F ventilation, back boiler safety, fuel humidity, flues and independent air supply are critical issues for designers.

Joseph LittleJoseph Little Architects

joseph-littleJoseph Little is a Dublin-based practicing architect and building fabric consultant. He designed a retrofit-extension in Monkstown, Dublin, that recently became Ireland’s first super-low energy retrofit to be certified by the Passivhaus institute of Germany and won the 2103 Green Award for residential buildings. He set-up Building Life Consultancy in 2009 to give independent, technical support to those focused on raising insulation standards for new and existing buildings in a healthy, appropriate way. His ‘Breaking the Mould’ series of articles in Construct Ireland and ‘Technical Paper 15’ for Historic Scotland focus on hygrothermal assessment methods and the appropriateness of alternate internal insulation strategies for solid wall buildings. He is co-author of a new book on energy efficiency for traditional pre-1945 Dublin dwellings. Commissioned by Dublin City Council, it will published in Spring 2014.

Patrick Lloyd Peter Legge Associates

Patrick Lloyd Barch MRIAI graduated from The Dublin School of Architecture, DIT in 2004 and has worked both in Ireland and in Australia with Peter Legge Associates and Bates Smart Architects respectively. He was the recipient of the RIAI Deirdre O’Connell Medal for Professional Practice in 2009.

Andrew Lundberg – DIT and Passivate

Andy Lundberg is the recognised expert in Thermal Bridging Analysis, he lectures the Thermal Performance Modelling post grad in DIT and his consultancy ‘Passivate’ translated and translated to English and adapted the Psi-Therm software for use with BRE conventions. Andy will discuss why Thermal bridging is critical to low energy building and the risks of moisture and mould damage that can occur with bad detailing or incorrect use of the ACD’s. Andy will also share his experiences of Passivhaus and EnerPHit builds and how comprehensive Psi modelling of bridging details facilitated the use of more cost effective components such as non thermally broken windows.

Kirsty MaguireKirsty Maguire Architect Ltd

Kirsty_TbilisiKirsty Maguire Architect Ltd is an independent architecture practice and passive house consultancy. Designing and delivering beautiful and practical buildings that perform well, are low energy and environmentally responsible. We are delighted to have completed the first Passivhaus certified building in Ayrshire at the start of 2013 as well as gained planning permission for an off grid zero carbon eco home pilot project in Perthshire, amongst others.

Kirsty is an award winning architect with 15 years experience working in sustainable design at large and small scale. Working with light to create bright open spaces, materiality to introduce texture and warmth, along with detailed technical expertise gives a comprehensive eco approach. She also develops the sector capacity through teaching locally and internationally.

Kirsty Maguire Architect Ltd works with a range of people and organisations both large and small. There is a common thread however – people who are forward thinkers who want to develop high quality and often innovative buildings which can be self sufficient, zero carbon and/or use low impact modern materials. Current projects are across the UK, in Armenia and Sweden. We have delighted to have been awarded the BRE ‘Award for Innovation’ and been shortlisted for the VIBES Awards in the ‘Energy’ and ‘Best Microbusiness’ Sectors. We are keen to develop this success to grow the practice both locally and internationally creating further employment and continuing to demonstrate innovation.

Paul McAlisterMcAlister Architects

paul-McAlister-portraitPaul McAlister has forged a reputation at the forefront of sustainable design.  Paul qualified as a Chartered Architect in 1997. He worked with Michael Aukett Architects in London, and also in offices in Dublin and Belfast before establishing his own architectural practice in 2002.

The practices’ primary focus is on high quality and sustainable design; this has promoted the development of the team’s specialist skills and knowledge. In pursuit of these specialist abilities, Paul undertook training in Passivhaus design in 2010; he is now the first Architect in Northern Ireland to become a ‘Certified European Passive House Designer’ and recently completed one of Northern Irelands’ first Certified Passive Houses.
The practice is involved in a number of sustainable and innovative projects, such as an exemplar Passivhaus Social Housing scheme and a range of ‘one-off’ bespoke Passivhaus dwellings. The sustainable credentials of Passivhaus are now being adopted in commercial buildings which traditionally were assessed with BREEAM sustainable criteria only.

In April 2013 Paul McAlister Architects won an open tender for provision of architectural services for the development of the new CREST Centre for South West College Enniskillen. This project is one of the most sustainable projects in Ireland and will be the first commercial building in Northern Ireland that will achieve the PassivHaus Certification.

The project is distinguished as it will achieve all of the following three sustainable credentials:

  1. PassivHaus Certified for Energy efficient envelope and ventilation system.
  2. BREEAM excellent in terms of the BRE sustainable benchmark for European commercials buildings.
  3. Net Zero Carbon energy consumption. This building utilises renewable energy to provide its own source of heat and lighting.

Whilst a combination of these sustainable criteria has been constructed in other parts of the UK, this will be the first example in Ireland and will become a benchmark building for sustainability.

Paul McAlister Architects has been in practice now for over 11 years and is at the forefront of sustainable design. The team continues to invest in training and research in order to provide high quality sustainable design solutions.

Simon McGuinnessDublin School of Architecture, Bolton Street

Simon-McGuinness-85pxSimon McGuinness is a Certified Passive House Design consultant and architect. He lectures in building retrofit technology and sustainability at the Dublin School of Architecture, Bolton Street, Dublin where he leads the applied technology modules in the MSc Program in Energy Retrofit. He has over 25 years experience in retrofit technologies in Ireland and abroad and has worked on a wide range of project types and contract sizes including extensive conservation experience.

Paul McNallyEcological Architecture

Paul-McNally-85Paul McNally, architect, has 9 years experience in designing passive house and ecological buildings. Based in Cork, the practice is involved in residential and commercial architecture across the county. Paul completed the Msc in Advanced Energy and Environmental Studies at C.A.T. in Wales in 2008, is a member of Éasca, the Passive House Association of Ireland, the RIAI and became a certified PassivHaus designer after completing a Certified Passive House in Ballinteer in 2012.

John MoreheadWain Morehead Architects

john-morehead-photoAn Architect with passive solar principles infused in all his work over 28 years.  Qualifying from DIT Bolton street in 1986, he is also a RIAI Conservation Grade III Architect, holds a diploma in Project Management from UCC and is an ITC Level 1 Thermographer. John became a Certified Passive House Designer in 2009 completing the Carrigaline Certified Passive House project in 2010.

John’s practice has been synonymous with low energy, sustainable, performance driven architecture since its formation in 1995.   The ability to deliver not only energy efficient design but also comfort, quality and certainty in performance, convinced WMA that the adoption of Passive House tools and techniques could support the honing and improvement of the practice’s skills in this area.

Acknowledged experts on the impact of climate on building performance, WMA generate project specific climate data for PHPP and Wufi and other energy simulation programs, also offering independent passive house design consultancy,  thermal bridge analysis and post occupancy analysis to fellow professionals as required. Continually exploring how the application and opportunities building physics and Passive House tools in general can benefit all project types at individual and macro level, their recent focus on the retail and industrial sector, has achieved significant and recognised efficiencies. The energy reductions attained in a Butcher’s retail outlet in 2012 highlighted how significant improvements in energy use in these sectors can be achieved through careful analysis.

In August 2013, the new ‘Garden Still House’ at Midleton Distillery was unveiled, a process building again designed and implemented with energy efficiency and quality in mind, making use of many of WMA’s tools and ideas in a very active yet integrated way.  John has instigated essential research for the future use of Infra-red energy sources as heating forms in low energy buildings and holds patents in this area.

Martin Murray – Architect / Chairperson of PHAI
Dipl Arch (Distn), B Arch Sc (Hons), Dipl Proj Mang, M Arch UD. MRIAI

martin-murray-photoMartin has over 30 years experience as a Practicing Architect, Lecturer and Passive House Designer. Prior to setting up in independent practice in 1996 he worked within practices in Ireland, the UK and the USA; where as a Fulbright scholar he completed studies in Urban Design, winning the William Dunlop Darden Medal, at Rice University, Houston, Texas. His work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy London, and his practice is involved in a wide variety of projects from Commercial to Residential; Conservation through to Exhibition Design, Urban Design and Low Energy Strategies.

Brian NortonDIT

Professor Brian Norton is President of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), one of Ireland’s largest institutions of higher education.

Originally qualified as a physicist at University of Nottingham, Professor Norton holds doctorates in Engineering from Cranfield University and the University of Nottingham.  He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, Engineers Ireland, the Irish Academy of Engineering, and the UK Higher Education Academy. Among his honours are the Napier Shaw Medal and Honorary Fellowship of CIBSE and the Roscoe Prize from the Energy Institute. He is an Honorary Professor of the University of Ulster; Harbin Institute of Technology, China; and University of Houston, USA. Renowned internationally for his research in solar energy, he has co-authored 5 books and over 350 research papers in the field. He also chairs the agency responsible for developing renewable use in Northern Ireland. He has been centrally involved in the realisation of the new DIT city centre campus at Grangegorman, the most significant development of its kind in higher education in Europe.

Mel O’ReillyMDY Construction

Mel O’Reilly is Managing Director of MDY Construction, which is engaged in projects in both public and private sectors, including: education facilities at all levels; civil infrastructure; food production facilities; heritage works and restoration; catering and leisure facilities; healthcare; public buildings; commercial and industrial buildings, and Design and Build projects.  Some recently completed award-winning buildings are:- Ballyroan Library (RIAI 2013), Presentation College Bray (RIAI 2013), and Glenashling Nursing Home, the first healthcare facility in Ireland to achieve Passive House certification.

He started in the construction industry in 1972.  Prior to joining MDY in 1992 he worked in various capacities – as engineer, specialist contractor, and main contractor – and has amassed considerable experience in all aspects of the industry. He is a member of the CIF Executive, immediate past president of the Master Builders and Contractors Association (MBCA), is involved in committees dealing with procurement and tendering, the GCCC / PWC forms of contract, the Construction Act, and finance. As chairman of the CIF Regulations and Register committee, he is actively involved in the finalisation and implementation of the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2013 and in the development of the registration system for builders and contactors, CIRI – Construction Industry Register Ireland.  He also acts as External Examiner for the DIT BTech in Construction Technology.

Lars PetterssonScandinavian Homes

Lars-Petersson-photoLars Pettersson developed the original type of low-energy house for the Irish climate and founded Scandinavian Homes Ltd. in 1990. From 1990 to 2013, the company has more than 280 low-energy and passive houses, out of which 50 are built to full passive standards. Between 1997 and 2004 Mr. Pettersson designed and built a number of large steel buildings to low-energy performance standards:  Gymnasiums in Galway and Ennis, Co. Clare and some factory buildings as well.

A derelict merchants building from 1860 was purchased by Scandinavian Homes in 2010. A thorough renovation and upgrade with passive ambitions was done while maintaining its cultural values. A new passive apartment building was added nearby in 2013. Primary heat and DHW is provided by the sun via 50m2 collectors on the roof of the old building and seasonal store under the new building.

Member of the EU research group EINSTEIN on ”seasonal thermal energy storage”, STES, of solar-heat, in cooperation with Ulster University.

In 2011, a new company, Scandinavian Homes Sweden AB was formed to market the passive houses in Sweden and Norway.

Before setting up in Ireland, Mr. Pettersson lived in his home country, Sweden, where he carried out business studies at the University of Gothenburg, as well as training as a systems technician in the Swedish navy.

From 2004 Mr. Pettersson has been an expert speaker at various seminars arranged by SEI, DIT, GMIT, Tipperary institute, Galway county council as well as various building exhibitions, and TV programmes.

Mr. Pettersson’s ambition is to strive for energy independence. This is realistic in the mild Irish climate where domestic space-heating systems are not necessary if houses are sufficiently well insulated. Passive house versions of the Scandinavian Homes houses were developed in 2005 and the company is currently building all new houses to passive standards.

Miguel RamirezThe EINSTEIN Project

Miguel Ramirez is a Research Associate of the School of the Built Environment in the University of Ulster. He is currently working as part of the pan-European project EINSTEIN (Effective Integration of Seasonal Thermal Energy Storage Systems in Existing Buildings).
He has finished a Bachelor in Petroleum Engineering and had worked for four years as an engineer in the oil industry. He continued developing his skills in the UK and was awarded a MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering from Heriot-Watt University.

Since then he continued developing innovative solar energy systems, bio-reactors and innovated heat pumps at the Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST). He has been also part of the research group of the Solacatcher, a patent-pending solar system for domestic applications. His current project has as objective to develop and evaluate a low energy heating system based on Seasonal Thermal Energy Storage (STES) systems in combination with solar thermal systems and heat pumps for space heating and domestic hot water.

Mark SiddallLEAP

BW_Mark-Siddall_Passivhaus-Architect_IMG_6458_smlMark is an accomplished, award-winning architect, certified Passivhaus designer and consultant with excellent project management experience and highly developed design and technical skills. He read architecture at Newcastle University and liked the North East so much that he made it his home.

As a resourceful and diligent professional with over fifteen years industry experience, further enhanced by a seven years of specialised research and delivery of low energy/ low carbon design, he is regarded as one of the pioneers that helped to introduce Passivhaus to the UK. He is a regular speaker and presenter at both the UK and International Passivhaus conference. Mark also chairs the North East regional chapter of the AECB (Association for Environment Conscious Building).

Mark has worked with a wide range of organisations from self builders through to national corporations and public bodies. He has also worked across many sectors to help them make the most of their architectural goals and sustainability agendas. Mark is a technical advisor to the PassivHaus Trust and also works as a part-time senior lecturer in Construction at Northumbria University and a tutor on the Masters in Urban Design (MAUD) at Newcastle University.

Andrew TreacyVersitile

Andrew Treacy is managing director of Versitile, an Irish mechanical engineering and plumbing company. Supplying Heat recovery ventilation products and radiant heating systems, he will speak about providing the optimum heating distribution and ventilation systems for airtight houses.

Angela WerdenichInternational Passive House Association (iPHA)

Angela_Werdenich_photoAn international communications expert and interpreter, Angela is the co-manager of the International Passive House Association (iPHA), a global network of Passive House stakeholders founded by the Passive House Institute. Her fields of expertise include the communication of energy efficiency concepts in different cultures as well as related networking strategies, event coordination, copy editing, general communication both online and via various publications, as well as web presence upkeep and the maintenance of a knowledge data base. Within the EuroPHit project, Angela is responsible for the coordination of project-related communication and dissemination activities.