Ciaran O’Connor - Dip. Arch; B.Arch; FRIAI
State / Principal Architect / Director of Major Works and of Architectural and Professional Services
Qualified from the Dublin Institute of Technology with architectural and landscape experience in Germany and Canada prior to joining the Office of Public Works where he is now State Architect / Principle Architect / Director of Major Works and of Architectural and Professional Services with responsibilities for a wide variety of new build, conservation and landscape projects and presently completing the government’s Green Public Procurement document for Construction. Completed projects have been published in Europe, India, China and Japan. Occasional visiting lecturer and critic. Citations include 2 European, 25 Irish Annual, Triennial Architectural Awards and 3 Landscape Awards. Co-author of 5 books. He is a Fellow of Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and serving as a member of its Council.
Chris Croly - CEng, BSc (Hons), MIEI, MCIBSE
Chris is a Chartered Environmental Engineering Director with BDP
He has developed the sustainable building design strategies for a large number of landmark low energy projects in all sectors both in Ireland and internationally. These projects have been recognised through the achievement of over thirty awards for sustainability. He has been responsible for the publication of over forty articles and a number of research papers that describe best practice in sustainable design. His publications and lectures regularly provide insights from the monitoring of completed buildings and proposing new techniques for the reduction of the environmental impact of modern buildings.
Jon Chadwick - BSc (Hons), M Arch, RIBA
Jon joined Associated Architects in 2006, working as an architect, then a senior architect and more recently, an Associate.
Jon has worked across many sectors, including the delivery of the £25m Bristol Civil Justice Centre which achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ in 2010. More recently Jon has worked in the education sector overseeing the King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy as part of Birmingham’s Building Schools for the Future programme. Jon has a strong personal interest in sustainable buildings, leading the detailed design and delivery of a new low energy, low carbon Centre for Medicine at the University of Leicester - which is currently the largest Passivhaus building in the UK.
Jon has previous experience of working on major mixed-use developments incorporating residential and retail elements
for city centre sites in Bristol as well as considerable involvement in office schemes, both new build and also working with existing buildings.
Advisor - Building Standards at Department of Environment Community Local Government
Seán is a Chartered Engineer with a Masters in Engineering. He is responsible for the development of Part L of Building Regulations and the implementation of the Recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. He has 27 years of experience in engineering and construction in both the private and public sector. He represents the Department and Ireland on a range of standards committees and EU working groups related to energy efficient buildings,
Tom Enright - Chief Executive , Wexford County Council
Tom Enright was appointed Chief Executive of Wexford County Council in 2014. Wexford County Council is the first local authority in Ireland to develop a scheme of nZEB social houses.
A native of Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Mr. Enright worked in Limerick for almost 20 years and previously held the posts of Director of Environment and Emergency Services with Limerick County Council and Director of Planning and Economic Development with Limerick City and County Council. Previous to that he worked with Waterford and Wicklow County Councils and also with consultants in the private sector. He is a graduate of University College Cork, Cranfield University in UK and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Dublin City University.
Dr. James Freihaut
Professor of Architectural Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Freihaut currently serves as Director of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Mid-Atlantic Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership and has been recently named Technology Director of the Penn State University Research Effort at the Philadelphia Navy Yard . The Navy Yard research program focuses on the development and demonstration of hybrid distributed energy systems ( CHP + Solar PV + Electric and Thermal Storage) for microgrid applications and the development of integrated, building demand-response technology into the hybrid microgrid system operation. The hybrid microgrid concept is being partially support by the State of Pennsylvania as promising technology to achieve, resilient economic growth within the State using the abundant Marcellus Shale gas resources while providing a path for increased use of distributed renewable energy. Populating the hybrid microgrid with buildings that have predictable and relatively constant envelope-related energy demands is key to the overall thermodynamic and economic performance of a microgrid based district energy system.
Dr. Freihaut received his Philosophy/Chemistry Bachelor degree from Christian Brothers College (1966). He earned his master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1972) in Natural Science/Physical Chemistry, and he received his Ph.D. degree in Fuel Science from Penn State (1980). He is the holder of seven U.S. Patents.
Prior to joining Penn State, Dr. Freihaut worked for 22 years at the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC). His research and management activities at UTRC included research in low emission coal, natural gas, jet fuel combustion; photo-catalytic oxidation indoor air quality control systems; high effectiveness factors energy recovery ventilation designs; manufacturing site remediation technology; physics-based modeling of combustion for low emissions combustion systems; indoor air quality control technology for building and aircraft systems; and, high performance building system design.
Dr. Freihaut’s current research interests include energy efficient commercial building designs, combined heat and power system design and implementation; dispersion properties of viable and non-viable indoor particulates with specific activities in the UVGI deactivation of viable aerosols in ducted systems; surface-to-air aersolization of allergen containing particles; inhalation exposure pathways leading to allergic sensitization and asthma disease development; and, low allergen, low energy residential building designs.
Co-Founder of nZEBRA, MosArt and Passive House Academy
Tomás is leading the team responsible for delivering this World nZEB Forum. He a founder of nZEBRA, Ireland’s first dedicated nZEB consultancy practice, and comes with extensive experience in the low-energy building and certified Passive House sector. Tomás established the multi-disciplinary environmental design firm MosArt in 1993 with his business partner Art McCormack. He designed, built and lives in the first certified (BER A2) Passive House in the English speaking world (2004).
Tomás was one of the first accredited Passive House building certifiers licensed by the German Passive House Institute. He leads a team of experts in this field and provides specialist consulting and certification services for some of the most energy efficient and healthy buildings in the world. The core market for these services is in Ireland and the US, but he has also worked directly on projects in China, Australia and New Zealand.
Much of Tomás' career has been spent trying to move highly sustainable buildings from niche to mainstream. He has pursued this through delivery of training and education programmes across the world, hosting fact-finding missions to front runner sustainable communities and putting on events such as this World Forum. He has worked with policy makers in the US, Canada and Ireland to pave the way for high performance buildings and believes firmly that such standards result in positive outcomes for all involved.
Technical Director nZEBRA
Andrew Lundberg is a low-energy building consultant specialising in Certified Passive House Design, Thermal Modelling services & Part L & Part F compliance. Having established the consultancy firm Passivate in 2010, and Psi Therm software sales & training in 2012, Andrew is a member of the NSAI National Thermal Modellers Scheme and a competent assessor for SAP & Part L (UK). Andrew has extensive experience in both domestic and non-domestic projects as well as Passive House certified projects. In 2016, Andrew co-founded nZEBRA, a multidisciplinary company dedicated to delivering nearly-zero energy buildings solutions to both designers and builders alike.He is also the course leader in the Dublin Institute of Technology course in Thermal Bridge Assessment (NFQ level 9) and has almost 10 years experience delivering courses in energy assessment & low-energy design.
Deborah Meolis - AIA CPHD
Deborah Moelis AIA CPHD is a Senior Associate and a founding member of Handel Architects. She is a Certified Passive House Designer.
Ms. Moelis has just completed her role as Project Manager for Cornell Tech’s residential tower on the new Roosevelt Island campus in New York City. Currently completing construction, the 26 story, 352 unit building is being built to Passive House standards, and when certified, will be the largest and tallest Passive House building in the world. Current work includes serving as Project Manager for Sendero Verde, a new 655-unit affordable residential building in New York City, which will surpass the Cornell Tech project in height and area.
Recently completed projects include the design and construction of Aire, a 42-story 315-unit residential tower on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, as well as Millennium Place, a 256-unit residential building in downtown Boston, both of which she managed from design through construction.
Prior to joining Handel Architects, Ms. Moelis worked in the New York and London offices of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.
Ms. Moelis has lectured extensively on the principles of Passive House design, including recent panel discussions at NY AIA, Greenbuild, NYPHN and at the PHI conference in Vienna
Associate – Henry J Lyons, Architects.
Pat joined Henry J Lyons Architects as an associate in 2013 having previously worked with several prestigious Irish Architectural Practices. Over the course of his career, he has worked on high profile projects including the redevelopment of Spencer Dock, Dublin 1 and the Aviva Stadium.
Pat is a licensed BREEAM & BIM Accredited Professional and Certified Passive House Designer, he sits on the RIAI Sustainability Taskforce and is an active member of the Irish Green Building Council where he previously lead their sustainable products and materials group.
Pat is responsible for the development and implementation of BIM strategies within Henry J Lyons and sees BIM technologies as being fundamental to the design and execution of highly sustainable buildings.
Independent Architecture & Planning Professional
Architectesassoc , directed by Sabine Leribaux Marc Lacour, aims at expressing the needs at hand through the lens of social, political, economic, urban, human, emotional, environmental, cultural, or temporal … context. This is reflected in the team’s broad outlook, essentially tapping into the wealth of exchanges encouraged between all players throughout the construction process … and equally into each participant’s respective competencies. Addressing sustainability globally, the ensuing responsible approach is necessarily materialized by positive impact not only upon each user (zoom in), but also upon the community as a whole (zoom out) … the consequent deliberation kindling a holistic and empathetic response at all levels.
Born and raised in the US, Sabine studied architecture in Brussels designing both public and private projects since, many award-winning such as the Belgian National Theatre (2004) or Aeropolis (2005, Belgium’s first large-scale passive office building). Architectesassoc tackles both new-build and heavy refurbishments, addressing head on the impact of the existing obsolete building stock constituting our cities’ greatest contribution to GHG. Indeed the studio’s intense interest in pre-fabrication has given rise to innovative construction techniques for example passive pre-fab timber facades ; from Leopold (a 20000sqm 1970’s office block converted to housing, currently on site) to HD54 (10000sqm office refurb just started), lessons learnt are manifold.
Repetitively their projects spark notable national and international interest, namely because considered to be pertinent, responsive yet budget-controlled achievements. In return Architectesassoc is eager to share its recent experiences (http://www.architectesassoc.com).
Chartered Civil Engineer
Rob is a chartered civil engineer with over twenty years’ experience in the construction sector having worked with SIAC Construction and Walls Construction. During this time Rob had responsibility for some of the largest and most prestigious project in Ireland. These included the redevelopment of the Point Village into ‘The 02’, now the 3 Arena, (€70m), the UCD Veterinary Hospital (€35m), the UCD Olympic Swimming Pool and Sports Centre (€40m) and most recently, the Dublin Landings Project on North Wall Quay (€110m).
Rob has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from UCD and a Post-Grad Diploma in Project Management from TCD. Rob is also a member of Engineers Ireland CPD Standing Committee and the NSAI TC30 Risk Management Committee. In 2017 Rob started his own company, Site Passport Limited. Site Passport is a Digital Marketing platform tailor made for the construction sector. It enables people and businesses to market themselves in a way that is both professional and authentic. Site Passport also helps companies manage the onerous process of pre-qualification and compliance
Qualifications: B.Arch.; MRIAI; M.Sc. Agric. (in Landscape Horticulture); MILI; M.Sc. U. D. (Urban Design); CPHT: BE; CPHT: BS
Developer of the world’s first Certified Passive House Tradesperson Training program and designer of the first dedicated contractor training labs in both Europe and the US. Highly experienced and an ardent hands-on trainer operating on both sides of the Atlantic and China, bringing 40 years of architectural design and real-life construction detailing expertise to the classroom. Architect of several Passive House and housing development projects, both new-build and retrofit, and a task leader on international research projects including: Training to nZeb and Fit to nZeb.
Michael Ingui - AIA, NCARB, CPHD
Principal, Baxt Ingui Architects, P.C.
New York, NY
Baxt Ingui has brought a high level of design to Passive House through many award winning projects in Brooklyn and Manhattan, creating beautiful homes that are Passive Certified, LEED certified, and NetZero. Baxt Ingui has also brought together many of the contractors and consultants working on their Passive House projects to cultivate a larger collaborative effort to create buildable, affordable Passive House projects in the NYC area. Michael Ingui has been asked to speak locally as well as internationally, most recently at the 25th Anniversary of Passive House Institute in Darmstad, Germany in 2016 as well as at the Passive House International Conference in Vienna in 2017.
Baxt Ingui has completed over 7 passive houses and are in progress with 3 more. Completed projects include the first Landmarked Certified passive house, Manhattan’s first certified project (this house is also LEED Platinum), and the first Passive Plus house in the United States. We have learned that building smarter and more energy efficient can be incorporated into any project while continuing to create beautiful, well-crafted, and unique homes.
Jay Stuart - RIBA
Architect and Sustainable Design Consultant
Jay is an architect and Sustainable Design Consultant with a wide range of experience gained working in Canada, the UK, the Netherlands and Ireland. His passion is developing innovative sustainable solutions by combining continuous research with practical applications in the building industry. He completed many built projects in the first part of his career and has since focussed on research, teaching, sustainable consultancy and start-ups to deliver innovative solutions to the building industry.
Jay is currently involved in the design and construction of Ireland’s largest certified Passivhaus housing development which meets Ireland’s 2021 NZEB requirements at no extra cost for the private developer. These houses are ‘all electric’ and designed to support the grid as it evolves to become a sustainable grid.
The future of the grid is both exciting and challenging and Jay thinks the key to a sustainable grid will be integrating responsive functionalities to achieve efficiencies both sides of the meter. Innovative decentralization of many overlapping networks and services create opportunities for new business models which can support a sustainable future. Its going to be fun getting it right.
Gavin Ó Sé
Gavin Ó Sé is a PCN level 2 certified thermographer, specialising in Building Thermography. He has been creating and assessing thermal images for houses, schools, offices, warehouses and other buildings since 2006, when he completed his first Level 1 training in Thermography. Along with thermography he has a wide experience in airtightness for all types of buildings, is a Domestic Energy Rater in Ireland, and passed the Passive House consultant exams in 2010. Prior to this he ran a home-building company for a number of years."
Maurice Falvey is a mechanical engineer with many years’ experience with multi-national companies as Engineering Manager, Applications Sales Manager, and Design Engineer.
For the past ten years Maurice has been MD of Nilan Ireland, the fastest growing subsidiary of the Nilan Group. Nilan develops and manufactures premium-quality, energy-saving ventilation and heat pump solutions that integrate DHW and space heating which ensures a healthy indoor climate with exceptionally low energy consumption. The parent company was founded in Denmark in 1974, which provides and operates both in the commercial and residential areas.
Maurice is at the forefront of mechanical design in Ireland in the passive house and low-energy construction sector and has invaluable first-hand experience of providing mechanical solutions to the demanding Passive House standard. One such certified Passive House in Kerry for which Maurice has been monitored extensively. The project has been shown to have achieved annual running costs below €300 for both space heating and hot water. Maurice has worked on other commercial buildings such as nursing homes and visitor centres.
Dublin City Architect
Dublin City Architect, Ali Grehan leads the City Council team responsible for developing a broad urban design agenda including the delivery of diverse projects in relation to the civic realm, housing, social, community and cultural infrastructure. Her career has spanned private practice in Dublin, London and Bilbao, and in the Public Sector; where her particular focus has been on large-scale urban regeneration, housing and infrastructure projects. Prior to becoming City Architect in 2008, Ali was Chief Architect with Ballymun Regeneration Ltd; a regeneration project which encompassed the full spectrum of development required for a sustainable town for 30,000 people. She also worked with the RPA delivering Dublin’s first LUAS Light Rail system which has changed the face of public transport in Dublin. Ali devised and coordinated Dublin's bid for World Design Capital 2014, now continuing as the design platform, PIVOT Dublin. Key architectural projects currently under Ali’s direction are the City Council’s capital housing programme, the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter and the new College Green civic plaza.
Anne Fletcher is a founding member and Director of COADY Architects with over 35 years of experience in the construction industry on master planning and building projects including large scale housing projects, primary, secondary and third level education buildings, sports buildings, arts centres, hotels, leisure centres, public administration offices and commercial office fit-outs. Anne leads the firm’s work in international markets and previously held the presidency of Perspective Group, a network of architectural practices across Europe with 260 staff. COADY Architects are fully committed to achieving sustainable and low energy design and this is expressed in our working through ISO 14001:2004. Anne takes a lead in the development of sustainable strategies within her team and conducts Design Reviews at concept, preliminary and detailed design stages. She is a Fellow of the RIAI and an accredited Grade I Conservation Architect. She has served on RIAI Council 2013 and RIAI Committees for many years and lectures on the UCD Part 3 Professional Practice Course.
C. Eng - Chartered Power Engineer
Dudley Stewart C. Eng. (Chartered Power Engineer): From the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in the early 1970’s Dudley was hardened as post-Grad Field & Design Engineer in the French INPG (Grenoble, France) and served as support to the Chief Engineer, Brendan Brennan, on the construction of Turlough Hill Pump Storage Plant. After a stint as Field Engineer for Oxfam in Bangladesh, Dudley returned to Ireland to found one of the first ever dedicated Renewable Energy Companies (1976) and drove the development of modern wind turbine blade design and governing systems in addition to the development of the first grid-connected inverters. After the takeover of Alternative Energy Ltd. (1983) Dudley led the Wind Energy drive as Senior Advisor for Shell International - then on to UN East Africa Region Micro-Grid Development. Dudley is a Founding Director of the Micro Electricity Generation Association (MEGA) which has brought together a community of common interest to create the State-supported Smart Micro Energy Test Bed. This involves small and large tech companies, communities and social agencies and is operated in partnership with South Dublin County Council and under the guidance of International Energy Research Centre (IERC – Tyndall National Institute). It is co-funded by enterprise, local authority, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and Enterprise Ireland. Dudley has enjoyed a life-time career at Power System Design and Development as a Chartered Power Engineer.
Senior Executive Officer, Wexford County Council
Padraig holds a Masters in Business Studies and is responsible for the delivery of Wexford County Council’s Social Housing Programme. This year he led the development of an ambitious 3 year housing supply programme 2017-2019 that will see the delivery of 1,000 housing units and a further 1,750 leased and rental units in Co. Wexford. He has 20 years experience in a range of local authority roles.
Wexford County Council is to the forefront in implementing the nZEB standard and has already provided a nZEB turnkey development and adopted the nZEB standard into all its current new housing construction designs and plans.
President of the International Scientific Committee on Energy, Sustainability & Climate Change
Peter has a primary degree in chemical engineering, he has worked in the analysis of decay of historic masonry, the treatment of stone and mortar in Heritage Buildings, monuments and sites for over 30 years, is the founding member and Managing Director of Carrig Conservation International Limited and has gained over thirty years’ international experience of stone conservation in historic buildings and all types of porous building materials, Carrig also specialises in the conservation of 20th century buildings and is a leading expert in “Concrete Conservation. Peter is also a founding partner of Ramsay Cox Associates, sustainable services engineers.
Peter has been an active member of ICOMOS Ireland for many years and is a past President and Vice President of ICOMOS Ireland. Peter is also very active on the international ICOMOS scene, Peter is currently President of the ISC on Energy, Sustainability & Climate Change (ISCES+CC) Peter recently represented ICOMOS International on the CEN/TC346/WG8 on “Energy Efficiency in Heritage Buildings” this is now waiting for final ratification by the EU member countries and has been given the title Fpr EN 16883-2016-5. Peter is President of the ICOMOS Ireland National Scientific Committee on Climate Change and its effect on Historic sites and monuments. Peter is an active member of the ICOMOS Focal Point on “Sustainable Development Goals” as part of the United Nations New Urban Agenda, he has attended the initial Conference on the “Urban Agenda & Sustainable Housing” held in Quito, Ecuador and the subsequent two meetings in Istanbul, Turkey and Jeju South Korea.
The Irish government and in particular the Minister of Environment, Heritage and Local Government set up an international “Expert Advisory Group” to review Irelands World Heritage Tentative List in 2009 and Peter sat on the committee representing ICOMOS Ireland.
As one of Ireland's leading conservation and materials experts, Peter has the vision and experience to be creative and bring about unique concepts to improve and protect both historic buildings and monuments across the World’s built Heritage. He is active in the laboratory and site work for all Carrig projects and leads in innovative solutions to multiple challenges.
Peter lectures internationally and on many university architectural and conservation courses.
Registered Architect and Assistant Head of School, DIT
Cormac Allen is a Registered Architect and Assistant Head of School at the Dublin School of Architecture DIT Bolton Street. He is programme chair of the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and in recent years has led the development of a suite of industry-focused postgraduate and CPD upskilling programmes in low energy design and deep energy retrofit. These programmes include the Springboard-funded 'MSc in Energy Retrofit Technology', the NSAI-recognised 'CPD Diploma in Thermal Bridge Assessment' and the recently validated 'MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design)' which is being delivered in distance learning, blended online mode. Through this work Cormac has gained valuable insight into the learning needs of professional architects, engineers, building surveyors and architectural technologists seeking to upskill in NZEB design processes and technologies.
Technical Director and PH Certification Manager
Michael is a structural engineer by profession and regarded as ‘the numbers guy’ in nZEBRA/PHA. Unflinching in dealing with complex design problems, a methodical problem solver and fountain of knowledge on both building envelope and mechanical systems. Enviable ability to seamlessly jump from teaching novices, through contractors, designers to building scientists. A firm grip of international standards as they relate to energy efficiency with particular expertise in airtightness and blower door testing.