Planning, Building & Delivering Our Social Housing Needs

Is High Density the way forward?

A one-day conference

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Date: 28th June 2018

Ireland has a housing crisis on its hands, with a serious lack of suitable housing available and our homeless issue only growing.

This conference aims to explore the Action plan for housing and how it plans to resolve our current housing crisis; what plans are in place to produce the thousands of units needed. Ireland is due to have another ¾ of a million extra people to cater for in the next 10 years, we discuss the plans to facilitate these numbers and what others are doing overseas that we can learn from.

Understanding what we are building, how long it takes and how much it costs are fundamental to understanding our housing crisis and how we can solve it. Efforts to rebuild the house building system are so driven by a sense of emergency and panic, now before it is too late can we envisage a sustainable system to plan, deliver and finance house building, covering all tenures types? What steps do we need to make to get there?

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6 Structured CPD Points




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Overview from Conference Chairperson

Is the homeless crisis resulting in the wrong decisions being made about the housing crisis? 

Speaker: Mike Allen, Director of Advocacy, Focus Ireland


Keynote Address – Darragh O’Brien T.D, Spokesperson for Housing, Planning & Local Government


Comparison of Residential Building Costs in Europe ( Housing Agency Report)

  • Purpose of Report
  • Defining Construction Costs – Comparative costs – the challenges – Proposed comparative indices
  • Existing Comparators – Eurostat/ CEEC Office cost model
  • Cost data for residential projects , Ireland/ France/Germany/Netherlands/UK

Speaker: Gerard O Sullivan MMP /CEEC -consultant to report


Key Legalities Social Housing Authorities need to be up to speed on

  • Getting Tender Documents right from the start
  • Challenges in the Procurement process
  • BCAR & the Assigned Certifier
  • Part B – fire regulations

Speaker: Bruno Herbots, Herbots Solicitors


Q&A Session


Coffee break and chance to network


Social housing and renting

  • Current Market Overview  – Tenure Percentages
  • What is cost-rental and why does it matter? – Cost rental model overview – What should be done about differential rents?
  • Does choice based lettings work? What should be done to make the private rented sector a viable housing tenure
  • How do we prevent another housing bubble?
  • Build to Rent model – Sustainable building and renting.
  • Hybrid model and Scale required – European Case Studies

Review of Delivery Costs & Viability for Affordable Residential Developments

  • Is High density the way forward?

Speaker: Enda McGuane, MD, Winters Property Management DAC


Reimagining Ageing at Home

  • Ireland Aging population a nation Response – Making Aging at home possible.
  • Demographic projections & the increasing demand for all types of housing and supports.
  • The current housing spectrum how we best use the current housing stock, private and public to support older and fail older people to age in the community
  • The use of Assistive technology and the role of the community.

Speaker: Sean Moynihan, ALONE


Private Sector Delivery of Social Housing

  • Focussing on New Supply Social Housing and other accommodation models
  • The Enhanced Lease Process
  • Bartra Social Housing Model – Current Bartra Social Housing Projects
  • Accelerating Delivery – current roadblocks

Planning Developments you need to be up to speed on

Speaker: Hazel Jones, Director of Planning & Social/Affordable Housing, Bartra Capital Property


Q+A Session


Lunch and chance to network

Constructing our future social housing needs


Quantity AND Quality – How to create and build Homes, Neighbourhoods and Communities

  • We are all focussed on solving the housing crisis. In our rush to produce the maximum number of “units” in the shortest possible time, we must not forget that we should be helping to creating homes, neighbourhoods and communities. 
  • The legacy of low density single use, single tenure, suburban development.
  • Creating new higher-density housing neighbourhoods of distinction – a ten point guide. Lessons from high density urban development – a case study. How can we increase density in urban areas whilst maintaining quality of life?
  • The challenges and opportunities for future urban infill – Dublin 1.

Speaker: Sean Harrington, Principal, Sean Harrington Architects


Low Energy Social Housing – Sustainable 21st Century Social Housing – How to build NZEB social housing cost effectively

  • Fuel poverty in social housing 
  • Health benefits of low energy housing
  • Energy performance standards for social housing – Nearly Zero or Net Zero housing?
  • How to build NZEB social housing cost effectively now
  • Social Housing as a community asset

Speaker: Jay Stuart, CEO,  Office of Sustainable Design Ltd.


Ó Cualann co-housing alliance – the solution to affordable housing for all?

Speaker: Hugh Brennan, Ó Cualann co-housing alliance


The Big Debate – (Timber Frame Vs Rapid Build Vs Steel & Concrete Construction)

  • Which is the best option for our Social Housing Needs?
  • Which provides the best lifecycle costs and fastest build time?
  • Materials, systems and time

Participants: Jay Stuart, CEO,  Office of Sustainable Design Ltd.

Hugh Brennan, Ó Cualann co-housing alliance

Bruno Herbots, Herbots Solicitors

Gerard O Sullivan MMP /CEEC -consultant to report

Hazel Jones, Director of Planning & Social/Affordable Housing, Bartra Capital Property

Enda McGuane, MD, Winters Property Management DAC


Conference Close

This event will be of real interest to all housing specialists, local authorities, consultants, social workers, housing agencies, government departments, regulators, universities, suppliers and manufacturers to the sector.

There will be 6 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service

Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Director of Advocacy, Focus Ireland

Mike Allen is Director of Advocacy, Communications and Research at the leading housing and homeless organisation, Focus Ireland.

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He was the General Secretary of the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU) from 1987-2000. Where we was closely involved in the campaigns that lead to the INOU and other community and voluntary bodies gaining access to social partnership.

He served on the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Employment (1992-4), the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) and other social partnership bodies.

He is a member of the National Consultative Committee on Homelessness and was the President of FEANTSA from 2013-16 (the European Network for Homeless Organisations).

Bruno Herbots

Bruno Herbots

Managing Partner and head of Construction and Procurement Department, Herbots Solicitors

Bruno Herbots is Managing Partner and head of Herbots’ Construction and Procurement Department.

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Since qualifying in 1990, Bruno has practiced in the areas of construction law and public procurement law.  Initially, with the practice of Flamme Coppens Horsmans Malherbe (Brussels), Masons (London), Matheson and McCann FitzGerald.  Bruno has been recommended by Who Is Who, Legal 500 and Chambers as “top notch on construction and procurement matters”, “a real legal strategist” and is considered “a star with the ‘X’ factor in construction and procurement law”. Bruno is a lecturer at TCD (post graduate Diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration), UCD (post graduate Diploma in Arbitration) and NUIM (post graduate Diploma in Procurement Law).

Gerry O’Sullivan

Gerard O’Sullivan

MMP/CEEC -consultant to report

Gerry is a highly experienced expert in construction law, & has extensive experience having worked on large & high profile educational, healthcare, commercial, residential & infrastructural projects.

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Working with Mulcahy McDonagh & Partners (MMP) since 2000, he has served on many professional committees within the Construction Industry, and is Chairperson of the Society of Chartered Surveyors’ Dispute Resolutions Committee as well as Vice Chairman of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Dispute Resolutions Standing Committee. He is currently on the panel of conciliators/arbitrators/adjudicators for the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, the CIF and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, is a member of the Ministers Panel of Adjudicators, and is an accomplished author.

Jay Stuart

Jay Stuart

CEO, Office of Sustainable Design Ltd.

Jay Stuart is an architect and sustainable design consultant working in various sectors of the building industry and always focused on cost-effective, efficient and high performance buildings.

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He has designed and built several low energy and Passive House certified housing projects which have pushed the boundaries of conventional construction methods with innovative building methods and construction details.

Jay worked for the Energy Research Group at UCD and has been involved in a number of EU funded research projects in this field. He is a founding Director of a companies developing software for the building industry; installing wireless sensor networks in buildings and as Technical Director of Ecofix Ltd he has overseen the detailed design and construction of the largest certified Passive Housing project in Ireland at Silken Park in Citywest, Dublin. These houses were built at no extra cost and each house took just 12 weeks to build

Seán Moynihan

Seán Moynihan


After a career within senior management in the private sector, Seán Moynihan began his journey into the NGO sector as Head of Housing and then Director of Service for the Simon Community.

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From there, he went on to work as Management Consultant providing strategic planning before becoming Chief Executive of ALONE in 2008.
In the 10 years that Seán has been with ALONE, his scalable, transferable and accountable services approach of effective service delivery within volunteer activation, housing with support, and coordination of supports have led to sustained growth within ALONE.

During his time at ALONE, the number of older people supported has increased over 12-fold and the number of volunteers has grown from 45 to close to 1000. ALONE is now able to deliver services within the community, which has led to an increase in the capacity of support for the older demographic in Ireland to age at home. ALONE has engaged with, and is guided by, the vision of the National Positive Ageing Strategy to make ageing at home not just a possibility, but a viable option for hundreds of older people.

Under Seán’s oversight, ALONE is reimagining the role of the community and of the NGO by bringing technological innovation to the fore as a key tool in maintaining the wellbeing of older people for longer. Seán has also been involved in a number of national oversight groups, and has played a key role in influencing social and health policies for older people on housing, loneliness, and ageing at home, in order to meet emerging needs.
In addition to developing key partnerships and alliances with other national organisations, Seán has overseen the launch of Befriending Network Ireland, which is an ALONE-led initiative involving more than 50 organisations nationwide. This has led to the scaling not only of ALONE, but of many of the organisations involved. He has also developed ALONE into an intermediary role to deliver consistent, quality-approved, regulated services, regardless of the service provider.

Seán sees a future of community activation as a way for every older person to be able to navigate complex systems. He believes that every older person, regardless of their circumstance or location, will have access to befriending and support services to help them age at home.
Sean welcomes any invitation to discuss ALONE through LinkedIn:

Enda Mc Guane

Enda Mc Guane

MBS, MSCSI, MRICS, CIHM – Managing Director Winters Property

Enda is a highly experienced senior manager with over 20 years’ experience across a broad range of industries in both the private and public sectors.

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Winters Property has been named Irish property management Company of the Year in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Enda is a member of the SCSI Western Region Committee as well as a member of the SCSI’s National Planning and Development Committee and is an elected member of Galway Chamber of Commerce Council. His practise area is Property and Facilities Management and he is also a RICS Red Book Registered Valuer and he is a frequent commentator on housing issues in the media.

Hugh Brennan

Hugh Brennan

Ó Cualann co-housing alliance

Hugh Brennan is CEO and cofounder, with William Black, of Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance CLG. Building communities not just houses.

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Ó Cualann’s vision is for fully integrated, cooperative, affordable housing in sustainable communities. He believes that we must change the way we address housing needs in Ireland, that land must be seen as a resource for use in the common good and not a mere commodity to fetch the highest price.

Hugh & Ó Cualann are currently building 49, A2 rated, homes with support from Dublin City Council in a Community where people get to know their neighbours before they move in; they look out for each other, their mortgages do not cripple them, their houses are well designed, energy efficient and they feel safe and secure.

Ó Cualann have applied for planning permission for an addition development of 39 homes in Dublin and will apply for permission for 20 homes in Ardmore Co. Waterford, next week.

Hugh believes that the ó Cualann model can and should be replicated and scaled all over Ireland.

Married with 4 grown up children, Hugh says he’s too old to be a capitalist and too young to be a socialist!

Seán Harrington

Seán Harrington

Principal, Seán Harrington Architects

Seán Harrington is the Principal of Seán Harrington Architects, based in Dublin, and working all over Ireland, and internationally.

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The practice has extensive experience in designing and delivering social housing, both houses and apartments, and has won many awards for their work, including from the Irish Council of Social Housing, the RIAI and OPUS. Currently they are designing approximately 700 social housing homes for a variety of providers, including for housing associations, private developers, the NTMA and directly for local authorities.

The practice is particularly interested in environmentally sustainable design and urban place making, and has extensive experience in community consultation.

Other work includes the Millennium Bridge, The Rosie Hackett Bridge, the giant retractable umbrellas in Meeting House Square and the Malahide Parish Centre which has just won the International Award for the World’s Most Friendly and Inclusive Space, awarded by the International Union of Architects.

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

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Booking Rate @ €430 + VAT.

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

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  • 10% discount for the third delegate booked or subsequent bookings thereafter from the same company.

The rate to attend includes morning tea/coffee and refreshments on arrival at registration, mid-morning tea/coffee and pastries and full buffet lunch. You will receive the speakers PowerPoint presentations within 24 hours after the event. 

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