With nZEB coming into force through Part L of building regulations on the 1st November, homebuyers are now getting more energy efficient new homes. However, energy efficiency was the easy bit. If we are to make any serious inroads in tackling our climate and biodiversity emergency we need to go much much further to Zero carbon homes that actually perform to this standard and communities that enable people to live in healthy low resource, car free communities, making much better use of land, and preserving biodiversity. But unlike energy efficiency this is more difficult to communicate and requires more fundamental behaviour and cultural change in the expectations of home buyers, renters, developers and estate agents. The national development plan offers an opportunity not only to build new low resource communities but by careful integration to decarbonise and ‘decar’ existing communities.
How do we encourage citizen demand for Greener Homes, that align with stated national policy on transport, resource use and biodiversity and enable lower consumption, displace less land in car free, healthy high-quality development?
This year’s Better Homes looks beyond energy efficiency to the much harder task of transitioning to low resource low carbon communities and making people want it.
|9.00||Launch of version 2.0 Home Performance Index||IGBC launches version 2 of the Home Performance Index. The new version has been updated to take account of nZEB and allowing for a new level of ambition to meet zero carbon targets for 2050.|
|9.10am – 9.35||Carlo Battisti International Living Futures Institute||The International Living Futures Institute developed the Living Building Challenge and the Zero carbon certification proposing a paradigm shift from efficiency to genuinely restorative buildings. Buildings and homes must measure and offset all of their embodied carbon and must also demonstrate that they perform to the standard.|
|10.00am||Yvonne Orgill – Unified Water Label.
Technical focus: Water Efficiency
|The new Part L and DEAP compliance now include water efficiency. How to specify water efficiency? What is the connection between water use and energy use?|
|10.25 -10.55 – Coffee Break|
|10.55am||Dr Sarah Rock – TU Dublin
Designing healthy, walkable, car free communities.
|In order to meet the climate change and resource use challenge of the 21st century, all new housing in Ireland’s national development plan will need to be designed to enable the occupants to live car free. What does a well planned car free community look like? What should designers look out for? Are planners ready for car free homes across Ireland?|
|11.25am||Panel discussion||Driving citizen demand for healthy low carbon homes and communities|
|·Mona Holtkoetter – IWBI
·John Brennan – AIB
·Barry Durkan – Durkan Residential
|What are the messages in selling greener home? Does green sell, or should we focus on health and wellbeing part of green homes? What part does finance play in changing the type of housing people want.|
|12.15pm||Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy||Closing remarks from Minister|
Carlo Battisti co-founded the Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy in 2015. Additionally, he co-created REGENERATION a 64 hour European competition and the first design contest for young EU professionals entirely based on Living Building Challenge. Carlo has a degree in Civil Engineering from the Politecnico of Milan and twenty years of experience with construction companies. He is a LEED, Living Future and WELL Accredited Professional. Since 2017, he’s worked with EURAC research as Chair and project manager of the COST Action 16114 RESTORE (REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy). The RESTORE COST Action (2017-2021) will affect a paradigm shift towards restorative sustainability for new and existing buildings and space design across Europe.
Yvonne Orgill has over 30 years experience in the UK bathroom Industry and is well recognised as a leader and influencer. She has held the position of Chief Executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) since 2006, having joined the Association as an information assistant in 1986. Yvonne is a key activist in bringing the European Labelling schemes together under one fully supported scheme – Water Label that provides an easy to understand label depicting water and energy use. The BMA and the Water Label have received numerous awards and nominations, including being shortlisted for the respected Guardian Sustainable Business Awards which encompass the social and environmental impacts of business.
Dr. Sarah Rock is a transport and urban design specialist with over 18 years international and cross-sectoral experience encompassing urban design, urban planning, transport planning, heritage conservation, research and education. Sarah lectures in the School of Transport Engineering, Environment and Planning at TU Dublin; is Chair of the MSc in Urban Regeneration and advises the public and private sector on sustainable urban development. Sarah is passionate about sustainable and innovative solutions to urbanisation, and transport and land use integration. Her research and practice expertise areas include transport equity, accessibility planning, urban street and network design, and masterplanning.
At the International WELL Building Institute Mona Holtkötter supports project teams and clients looking to promote health and well-being in the European market. Mona’s focus is to provide technical solutions and act as a WELL coaching contact for Europe. Before joining IWBI, Mona worked as a mechanical building services engineer at Arup.. As one of Ireland’s first WELL APs, Mona worked on numerous WELL-registered projects, bringing sustainability and healthy building design under one umbrella. Mona is a Chartered Engineer with CIBSE and Engineers Ireland and also holds WELL AP, LEED AP in Building Design and Construction, and Home Performance Index Assessor qualifications. She is also a profound energy modeller in IES.
Eoghan Murphy TD was appointed to Cabinet as the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government in June 2017. Prior to that he served as Minister of State at the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, with special responsibility for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement. He is a member of Fine Gael and represents the constituency of Dublin Bay South. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 2011, and was subsequently re-elected in 2016. Between 2009 and 2011 he served as a Councillor on Dublin City Council for the Pembroke-Rathmines ward. Before his appointment as Minister of State, Eoghan served on the Banking Inquiry, the Public Accounts Committee, the Dáil Reform Committee, as Head of the Oireachtas delegation to the OSCE, and as Chairperson of the Fine Gael Transport, Tourism and Sport Committee.
Better Homes is sponsored by IGBC Members: IRES, PARTEL, and Philip Lee
Irish Residential Properties REIT is an Irish REIT focused on consolidating the Irish rental market by targeting quality multi-unit residential real estate in Dublin and other major centres. I•RES is externally managed by subsidiaries of CAPREIT. Through its arrangements with CAPREIT, I•RES’s operational strategy is to deliver superior customer service, enhance tenant retention, and deliver quality homes by leveraging CAPREIT’s hands-on experience, and proven operating philosophies.
PARTEL is an Irish company that produces and supplies high performance, energy-efficient systems for the green building sector. With an international presence in 4 regions and dedicated expertise in Engineering, Architecture and Building physics, Partel provide a full range of products and smart solutions for designers and builders. VARA, EXOPERM, IZOPERM, ALMA THERM, CONIZO & CONEXO are some of the most known brands used extensively in sustainable projects, including monolithic membranes, airtight tapes and thermal bridging solutions to improve the health, durability, and operation of the buildings.
Philip Lee is one of Ireland’s leading full service commercial law firms that is consistently ranked as a top tier firm. Philip Lee is a recognised leader in several areas of law including corporate, real estate and planning, construction, PPP, environmental, energy, procurement, competition, data, employment, EU, intellectual property, immigration and tax. They are thought leaders on energy policy and have unique credentials with a first-class reputation in renewables, environment, projects and construction.
The ethos of Ecological Building Systems is to achieve ‘Better Building’ by adopting a ‘Fabric First’ approach to design, with the use of more natural materials to optimise building performance and durability. Forming strong relationships and networks with their European partners, Ecological Building Systems has established itself as sole importers of some of the highest performing, quality natural insulations and air tightness products available on the market.
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