Date(s) - 15/05/2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Historic cities and towns all face similar challenges to prosper in a world of climate change and environmental breakdown. Taking the example of Limerick, an 800-year-old Irish city, we look at how we can regenerate and rebuild healthy, climate resilient, carbon positive places.
To make real progress we need to stop thinking of buildings in isolation and work towards decarbonisation at a district, town and city level. Whilst it is challenging to decarbonise all existing buildings, including cultural heritage, we can still make considerable progress and make our new buildings to work even harder to offset the balance. How much can we improve our existing buildings such as inner core heritage? How do we deal with the upfront carbon* of new construction, and move to positive energy buildings?
Covid-19 shows how governments can react quickly in a radical way and bring about instant change in people’s behaviour. Can this be extended to cities? Can we quickly and radically extend space for pedestrians and cyclists, and move to universally designed cities that prioritise space for everyone over cars? Can we densify creating at the same time better use of infrastructure and resources whilst improving health and amenities for everyone.
The theme of this online conference is re-generation. Our speakers will explore the role of regeneration in creating positive energy districts and recreating healthy walkable neighbourhoods. We will also focus on the role of refurbishing historic buildings and developing carbon positive new buildings, for full decarbonisation of our cities.
This webinar is organised in partnership with the Horizon 2020 funded Build Upon 2 project. The aim of Build Upon 2 is to support local authorities in developing and implementing ambitious renovation strategies, and to commit to a highly efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050. Helsinki is one of the latest cities to commit to the Advancing Net Zero campaign.
* Upfront emissions describe CO2 emitted during the construction of a building i.e. the carbon burp that comes from producing the materials that go into a building, transporting and assembling them.
|15:00||Introduction and welcome
Pat Barry, CEO
Irish Green Building Council
|Advancing Net Zero – Moving towards energy positive buildings and districts.|
Irish Green Building Council
|Creating Net Zero Carbon commitment at the city level.|
Carbon Neutral Helsinki
|Advancing Net Zero – how cities are moving to zero carbon buildings.|
Limerick City Council
|Developing a net positive district from Limerick’s historic core|
|15:45||John Moran, Chair
Land Development Agency
|What is the future for a medium sized city like Limerick?|
|Creating liveable healthy car free universally designed cities in the post Covid 19 World. What could the future of cities like Limerick look like?|
Kaisa-Reeta Koskinen is Project Director for Carbon Neutral Helsinki Initiative. She specialises in energy efficiency and energy management and has almost 20 years of energy and environmental policy experience in the industrial, NGO and government sectors. She received a Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Oulu (Finland) and is also a Qualified Specialist in both Management and in Sustainability and Environmental Technology. Prior to her current role, Kaisa-Reeta worked as a Counselor for the Finnish Energy Authority. She was a Member State representative of EU’s Eco-design Committee representing Finland and was also a chair for Finland’s IEC Committee for Environmental Issues.
Brent Toderian is an internationally respected practitioner and thought leader with over 25 years of experience in advanced urbanism, city planning and urban design. In recent years he has advised and collaborated with cities, agencies and best-practice developers around the world, including Auckland, Brisbane, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Gold Coast, Groningen, Helsinki, Medellin, New York, Oslo, Perth, Rotterdam, and Sydney, and in Canada the cities of Abbotsford, Burlington, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, London, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Ottawa, Regina, Surrey, and Vancouver.
Brent’s establishment of TODERIAN UrbanWORKS (TUW) in early 2012 followed 6 years of significant achievement as Vancouver BC’s Chief Planner (2006-2012), with accomplishments that included the 2010 Winter Olympics-related planning and design; the EcoDensity and Greenest City Initiatives; new waterfront and skyline-shaping strategies; new visions and strategies for the city’s viaducts, multi-modal mobility and active transportation (walk, bike and transit); place-making, public place design and street activation strategies; next generation transit-oriented development (TOD) initiatives; the Laneway Housing program and other affordability/housing strategies; and inventive strategies at the downtown, city and regional levels emphasizing a “complete city”, not just a livable one. Brent also oversaw all development, design and architecture in Vancouver, known internationally as a “city by design.”
John Moran is the Chair of the Land Development Agency and Founder and Chief Executive of RHH International, a thought-leadership consulting and social entrepreneurship company. He is widely recognised as a strategic advisor, a network builder, and a careful analyst of macro-trends, especially future directions for economic, regional and spatial development. He is passionate about education, urban redevelopment, start-ups and financial services.
Before RHH International, John served as Secretary General at Ireland’s Department of Finance where he was instrumental in helping guide Ireland’s post-crisis economic recovery, the restructuring of the Irish banking sector and return to markets by Ireland. He also played a pivotal role in influencing Europe’s move towards greater non-bank financing and EU capital markets union. He has worked in a wide variety of other roles in aviation finance, in banking and capital markets, as a lawyer in New York and Ireland and as a banking supervisor at the Central Bank of Ireland. He studied law, taxation and financial mathematics at University College Dublin, University of Pennsylvania and Dublin City University. At 21 years, he became one of the youngest persons to be called to the Bar of the State of New York.
Rosie Webb is the Senior Architect in Economic Development at Limerick City and County Council. She leads programmes of work to stimulate and consolidate the historic city centres of Limerick City, its towns and villages. She provides strategic vision and plan implementation using projects, programmes and initiatives dedicated to place-making and physical development. Rosie is a Registered Architect in the State of Illinois and a Member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland. She is accredited in building conservation. Prior to her role as a public service architect, Rosie worked in private practice in London, Chicago and Dublin where she worked on projects ranging in scale from housing to civic offices, to museums and stadium. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from Cornell University in the USA and a Masters in Architecture (Urban Design) from the University of Limerick. She is also a lecturer at the School of Architecture at University of Limerick and founder of the Adaptive Governance Lab at SAUL. Her research focuses on community co-design processes to create more liveable public environments.
Meehan Green provides sustainability and LEED consulting services to property owners, managers, design teams and contractors. Their team includes LEED APs with planning, architectural, engineering and construction management backgrounds.
The Land Development Agency (LDA) is a commercial, State-sponsored body that has been created to coordinate land within State control for more optimal uses where appropriate, with a focus on the provision of housing.
Build Upon 2 has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 840926. The sole responsibility for the content of this event lies with the authors. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union. Neither the EASME nor the European Commission are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.
This conference counts for 2 RIAI CPD Points and 2 IPI CPD Points
Students and those without income or with a greatly reduced income as a result of Covid-19 outbreak can attend this webinar for free. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request your free access. Members of other European Green Building Councils can avail of the IGBC member rate.
Bookings are closed for this event.