A one-day conference

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Date: 5th March 2020

NZEB is the energy performance standard required under the European Union Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (EPBD). Under this Directive new public buildings are required to meet this standard as of 2018, while it is required that all new buildings meet this standard by 31st December 2020.

This Directive also provides for the deep retrofitting of existing buildings to NZEB standards from 2020 onwards.

Achieving NZEB and what is outlined in the Directive requires a culture change within all levels of the Building Industry.

This conference will provide a full overview of what is needed by 2020 and the requirements for Building Professionals, Government, Local Authorities and those managing buildings, it is a must attend event for all involved. 

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This event will be of real interest to anyone involved in the building & design sector including, architects, engineers, contractors, designers, suppliers, manufacturers, facility managers, property managers, local authorities, government departments, semi-state agencies, air tightness specialists, building control system and universities.




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks:

Martin Murray, Martin Murray Architects

Background to NZEB in Ireland


Roadmap for Climate Action’s B2 Energy Retrofit target in Social Housing

Speaker: Xavier Dubuisson, Founder, RetroKit

  • Today’s energy performance of Ireland’s social housing stock
  • Progress to date in social housing retrofits
  • The scale of the Climate Action’s B2 challenge
  • RetroKit – a digital toolkit to support social housing landlords in planning and implementing their energy retrofit roadmap.


Climate Change Law & Policy – how NZEB fits

Speaker: Elva Carbery- B.A. in Environmental Science, Qualified solicitor 

  • Climate Change Policy & Key drivers
  • EU Framework & Targets
  • Government Climate Change Policy
  • NZEB & Building Regulation implementation
  • NZEB compliance & enforcement


Deep Retrofit Pilot Programme – Insights to date

Speaker: Brian McIntyre, Deep Retrofit Pilot Programme Executive, SEAI

  • Vision & Policy
  • Deep Retrofit Pilot Programme principles
  • Results to date
  • Value proposition
  • Next steps


Coffee Break


Research into near zero energy buildings: the nZEB101 project

Speakers: Dr. Richard O’Hegarty, School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy, UCD

  • Measuring the performance of nZEBs
  • Theoretical vs measured U-values
  • Thermal bridging in highly insulated buildings
  • Embodied energy vs operational energy 
  • Advances in renewable energy technologies


Investment in High Performance Residential Buildings – We all Benefit, but by How Much and Who Benefits Most?

Speaker: Dr. Shane Colclough, Research Fellow, University College Dublin and Principal, Energy Expertise Ltd

  • nZEB has many benefits including reduced energy consumption, carbon taxes and health expenditure, and increased rental income and property value.
  • The overall financial benefits for a real scheme of 12 Deep Energy Retrofit dwellings are examined and quantified.
  • Benefits for the tenant, landlord and the central exchequer are presented with some unexpected findings.


Part F- Avoiding Risks: Condensation and Ventilation- How NZEB Fits

Speaker: Terry Kavanagh, Contracts Manager, Sustainability, Building Envelope Technologies

  • TGD Part F 2019 – new compliance requirements
  • Ventilation verification testing for new dwellings
  • Relationship between TGD Part F and other technical guidance documents
  • Ventilation Testing & Verification – experiences to date


Q&A session




Part L – Demonstrating compliance with Part L through the DEAP methodology

Speaker:  Orla Coyle Programme Manager – Near Zero Energy Buildings & High Performance Retrofit, SEAI

  • Compliance with NZEB
  • Changes to DEAP methodology
  • Renewable Energy Ratio


What is next in nZEB training?

Speaker: Lis O Brien, Project Officer, Limerick IT

  • BIMzeED Overview.
  • Identification of the knowledge and skills gap in BIM and NZEB – Within the VET/HEI and construction sector
  • Current Practice and limitations of trainings in the construction sector – Moving forward to collaboration
  • Innovative training approach – Developing and piloting learning units/modules and directing workers to a training App.
  • Impacts and the future


Case Study- nZEB Dwelling Retrofit

Speaker: Daniel Coyle, Daniel Coyle Architects

  • nZEB dwelling Project Info – before and after design & construction
  • nZEB retrofit design principals – 5 key steps to achieving the standard
  • Tools for nZEB design – using DEAP as a design tool to achieve nZEB performance
  • Post-occupancy performance – Does the building perform as well in reality as predicted?
  • How much did cost? – Costs (& Savings) of nZEB retrofit


Q&A session


Conference close

Brian McIntyreBrian McIntyre

Deep Retrofit Pilot Programme Executive, SEAI

Brian McIntyre is Programme Executive on the Deep Retrofit Pilot Programme in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), having joined the organisation in April 2017.

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He was formerly Senior Scientist at RPS Group in Environment & Resource Management, with a core focus on the energy sector throughout his career including providing consultancy services to SEAI across the public sector, SME, RD&D and Delivery programmes since 2005. Brian has also provided consultancy to the public and private sector on policy, infrastructure and technology.

Daniel CoyleDaniel Coyle

Daniel Coyle Architects

Daniel Coyle is an industry-based architect and energy design consultant. Daniel is a Registered Architect, a member of the RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) and has RIAI Conservation and Environmental Design Accreditation.

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He has extensive practice experience, working on a diverse range of residential and commercial building projects. In 2015, Daniel obtained a Masters degree (First Class Hons.) in Energy Retrofit Technology (Sustainable & Energy Efficient Design) at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He has a special interest in Passive House, nZEB (Nearly Zero Energy Buildings) and low-energy design solutions for both new build and retrofit. He has carried out research into Passive-House and nZEB energy efficient design strategies, including a detailed examination of implementing these ultra-low energy building standards, in a cost-effective way. He has taught at DIT School of Architecture and currently lectures on the MSc Building Performance (Energy Efficient Design) programmes.

Orla CoyleOrla Coyle

Programme Manager – Near Zero Energy Buildings & High Performance Retrofit, SEAI

Orla Coyle is a Chartered Engineer and Programme Manager for NZEB and High Performance Retrofit within the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

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She has over 20 years’ experience in the energy performance of buildings both in Ireland and Australia. Prior to joining SEAI, Orla was a director in a consulting practice involved the environmental, energy and sustainable assessment for a range of new and existing buildings.

Elisabeth O'BrienElisabeth O’Brien

Project Officer – Limerick IT

Elisabeth O’Brien is a Chartered Architect (RIAI) and Sustainable Energy Engineer, previously managing an architectural practice for 17 years by specialising in the design and construction of sustainable retrofitting and new builds.

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As the Project Support Officer within Development Unit and the Centre for Energy Efficiency and Deep Decarbonisation [CEEDD] at Limerick Institute of Technology, she coordinates and manages training and building capacity tasks for a number of EU projects. She has extensive experience in sustainable energy efficient design and project management within the construction sector and has a wealth of knowledge on renewables, energy auditing, sustainable techniques and technologies. She carries out various energy efficient Train the Trainer and e-Training courses, as well as presenting at various Energy and Sustainability forums In Ireland and across Europe. Lis is involved in a number of BIM and NZEB expert panels including the National Specifications Skills for NZEB in Ireland and have developed a number of NZEB courses for Craftworkers with WWETB (Waterford Wexford Educational Training Board). Lis is also an active member of the National Standards Authority for Ireland, NSAI e-committee.

Dr Shane ColcloughDr Shane Colclough

Research Fellow, University College Dublin and Principal, Energy Expertise Ltd

Shane Colclough had led research into low-energy dwellings in UCD and Ulster University for the past 10 years, in addition to being principal at the consultancy firm Energy Expertise Ltd.

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He is also active in the not for profit sector and is vice-Chairman of the Passive House Association of Ireland and founding Chairman of near Zero Energy Buildings Ireland nZEBI. He has authored many papers on the topic of low-energy and passive houses & energy storage in addition to presenting at national and international conferences. He is an experienced consultant and serves in the EU as an Expert on Energy-Efficient Buildings.

Terry KavanaghTerry Kavanagh

Contracts Manager, Sustainability, Building Envelope Technologies

As the Building Envelope Technologies Sustainability Manager, Terry has responsibility for the successful running of all of the Sustainability department’s activities which include Building Energy Ratings, demonstrating TGD Part L & TDG Part F Ventilation Compliance for BET’s clients.

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Terry received an honours degree in Building Services Engineering from DIT Bolton Street and since then has worked at every level of the construction industry from sustainable energy retrofits to large scale construction projects with multinational clients before joining BET in 2017 to head up this newly created department.

Dr. Richard O’HegartyDr. Richard O’Hegarty

School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy, UCD

Richard O Hegarty is a research fellow at UCD working on an SEAI funded project focusing on the in-use performance of nZEBs.

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He is a Civil Engineer (BE MSc) and holds a PhD in the combined field of façade engineering and renewable energy technologies. He also works as R&D manager for Techrete Ireland.

His research at UCD focuses on understanding how buildings perform in practice and how they can become more energy efficient — looking not only at their operational energy but also their embodied energy. He has published journal articles as first author in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, concrete technology and facade engineering.

Elva CarberryElva Carberry

Project Officer – Limerick IT

Elva Carbery recently established a new specialist planning and environmental law firm. She is a qualified solicitor with over 12 years’ experience in planning and environmental law.
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Elva qualified with a degree in environmental science and worked in industry with an energy provider as an environmental scientist before qualifying as a solicitor. Prior to working as a legal consultant, Elva worked as an in-house lawyer in the semi-state sector and for over 10 years with McCann FitzGerald, a leading commercial law firm in Dublin. Elva was formerly the head of the environmental and planning law group in McCann FitzGerald prior to setting up her own practice.

Elva holds a B.A. in Environmental Science from Trinity College Dublin and qualified as a solicitor in 2007. Elva has contributed articles to numerous publications on various topics including habitats and climate change law.
She’s a strategic specialist providing technical legal advice to domestic and international clients.

Xavier DubuissonXavier Dubuisson

Founder, RetroKit

Xavier Dubuisson is CEO at RetroKit, is an engineer with over 25 years’ experience in sustainable energy in Ireland and internationally.

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Xavier was instrumental in deploying the Passive House standard when he was technical manager of SEAI’s Renewable Energy Information Office, and is currently involved in a number of flagship NZEB new built and renovation projects.

He is a founder of RetroKit, a digital platform dedicated to support housing providers in planning and upscaling the energy renovation of their housing stock.

Martin MurrayMartin Murray

Martin Murray Architects

Martin has 35 years’ experience as a Practicing Architect, Lecturer and Passive House Designer.

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Prior to setting up in independent practice in Ireland he worked in the UK and the USA, where as a Fulbright Scholar he completed studies in Urban Design, at Rice University, Houston, Texas, winning the William Dunlop Darden Medal. His work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy London, and his practice has been involved in a wide variety of projects from Commercial to Residential; Conservation through to Exhibition Design, Urban Design and Low Energy Strategies. Martin is currently researching nZEB Design at the University of Ulster.

There will be 5 CPD points awarded to attendees at this conference. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.

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