Half a million new homes must be built by 2040. The imperative is that these homes are low or zero carbon and also have good indoor air quality and part of healthy vibrant communities. This year’s conference has a specific focus on Indoor Air Quality and ensuring that nZEB low energy, airtight homes are healthy. This is critical with the imminent revisions to the building regulations TGD Part F (ventilation) and the introduction of Part L to meet the nZEB requirements in 2019. In addition we will be focusing on Health and Wellbeing in and around the home.
Climate change will greatly increase the risk of overheating particularly in new homes. There will be increased risk of flood risk events driven by climate change. Our built environment will need to take into account that our population is getting older and needs different types of homes. The World Green Building Council’s Better Places for People campaign adds to our knowledge of the multiple ways that homes can impact our health, not only from indoor air quality, but also from the choice of materials, the level of day lighting, and the approach to optimizing thermal comfort.
Join us on Thursday 8th November and learn more about the future of home building.
8.30: Registration & Networking
9.00: Welcome – Pat Barry, CEO, IGBC
9.05: Opening Address – Minister of State Damien English T.D. (confirmed)
9.20: Session 1 – Creating healthy resilient homes and places for people.
- Catriona Brady, Head of Better Places for People Campaign, World GBC – Catriona highlights the key findings from the World GBCs upcoming report from the Better Places for People campaign on the impact homes can have on our health.
- Matthew Barker, BRE – Creating homes for a lifetime, and meeting the needs of an older population. BRE are launching their model home on 8th November in Watford which caters for older populations at risk of dementia. Matthew also talks about designing homes to cope with climate change and extreme weather events.
10.30– Coffee break
11.00 – Session 2 – Creating Healthy Low Carbon Homes
- Dr Grainne McGill – Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit – what’s inside our homes? As regulations drive ever tighter homes what is the impact on indoor air quality? What is the potential risk of overheating of highly insulated airtight construction in a warming world? With extensive research she highlights some of the key issues we need to consider?
Panel Discussion – Creating low carbon healthy homes.
What do we need to consider as we are building out 500,000 new homes over the next 22 years. What are the risks? What is happening currently?
Chair – Ali Grehan – Dublin City Architect
- Ronan Columb – Construction Director -Castlethorn Homes- The homebuilder perspective.
- Dr Ina Kelly – Consultant in Public Health Medicine, HSE – The public health perspective, Climate Change and achieving healthy outcomes from the built environment.
- Eileen O’Connor – Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment – Warmth and Wellbeing Programme – improving the existing stock of housing for better health outcomes.
- Joan McMahon – Architect adviser – Department of Housing – creating healthier more sustainable communities.
Catriona Brady, Head of Better Places for People Campaign, World GBC.
Catriona comes from a background in environmental consultancy, with relevant experience in sustainability and health-based certification standards. She completed a degree in Geography at the University of St Andrews in 2013. Catriona is based in London, UK. The Better Places for People campaign is a global project that supports Green Building Councils and their members to increase the demand and supply of green buildings which are supportive of the health, wellbeing and productivity of the people within them
Ali Grehan, The City Architect, Dublin City Council.
Ali has held a variety of roles spanning private practice in Dublin, London and Bilbao, and in the Public Sector; where her particular focus has been on leading large-scale urban regeneration, housing and infrastructure projects. Through her engagement with networks of city stakeholders, she articulates a broad urban agenda including the development of design and architecture to enrich the public life of the city. She also plays a leadership role in developing policy and strategy in relation to the civic realm, housing and the development of social, community and cultural infrastructure. Ali is also a Director of the IGBC.
Grainne McGill, Researcher at the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU), Glasgow School of Art.
Grainne is a lecturer and Module Coordinator for the recently introduced MSc in Environmental Architecture, she is committee member of the UK Indoor Environments Group and is a research professional with a PhD focused in Architecture from Queen’s University Belfast. Grainne’s research interests include: i) low carbon design and evaluation post occupancy, ii) the impact of indoor environmental quality (particularly indoor air quality) on building users physical and psychological health, and iii) the role of architecture in design for optimum indoor air quality.
Damien English TD, Minister for Housing and Urban Development
Damien English is a TD representing the Meath West constituency. He works closely with his Fine Gael colleague Minister Eoghan Murphy T.D. in providing political leadership on improving the supply of quality affordable homes for families, ending the homelessness crisis and regenerating communities. He was previously Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation from 2014 to 2016. An experienced member of Dáil Éireann, he is a former Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
Dr Ina Kelly -Consultant in Public Health Medicine
UCG medical graduate, trained in General Practice in West Australia, and on return to Ireland, worked in public and community health, before higher specialist training in Public Health Medicine (Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Faculty of Public Health Medicine). She works as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine and Medical Officer of Health in the Midlands (mainly heath protection – infectious disease investigation and control and public health risk assessment). She also chairs the national Public Health Medicine Environment and Health Group and advises on climate change adaptation through the Climate Change Advisory Council Adaptation Committee, DCCAE Steering Committee, DoH working groups, National Radon Control Strategy steering and working groups, general environment and health -EPA Advisory Committee.
Matthew Barker, BRE Centre for Resilience
Matthew is the technical lead for flooding at BRE’s Centre for Resilience. He has worked as a task group lead for the Defra Property Flood Resilience Roundtable and is the lead trainer for the independent property flood resilient surveyor training course for the BRE Academy. Matt has also worked on a range of projects including understanding the implications of sustainable energy strategies and providing technical support for several sustainability rating schemes including BREEAM, CEEQUAL and the Home Quality Mark.
Better Homes is sponsored by IGBC partners:
ESB is leading the way to a low carbon future by developing clean electricity solutions that provide comfort and convenience to customers, while also enabling them to use energy more efficiently. The company is investing in low carbon and renewable generation technologies, developing smart networks to connect customers with low carbon generation in new, more dynamic ways and creating customer-focused products and services that extend the benefits of clean electricity to the wider economy including heating and transport. ESB operates through a portfolio of brands which includes ESB Networks, Electric Ireland, ESB International and NIE Networks.
Ecocem Ireland, founding members of the IGBC, produce Ground Granulated Blastfurnace Slag (GGBS) at their plant in Dublin port. GGBS is the best available technology for high performance low carbon cements, and is already used extensively in projects across Ireland and Europe for its low embodied carbon, durability and architectural benefits. To verify the low environmental impact associated with GGBS, Ecocem commissioned a full life cycle analysis of the product and produced a third party verified Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).
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