Ireland's National Deep Retrofit Conference 2018 took place on Thursday 14th June and focussed on the insights and experiences gained from the first year of the deep retrofit pilot programme.

Deep Retrofit - Challenges and Opportunities

The deep retrofitting of Ireland’s building stock is recognised as one of our biggest energy efficiency challenges. It is also viewed by many as a major economic and employment opportunity. The conference functioned as an annual review and information sharing platform across all stakeholder groups as to best practice and innovation, research findings and delivery of deep retrofit in Ireland across all demographics, geographic areas, technologies and building types.

Guest speakers

SEAI welcomed a great line up of expert speakers for the day. With a great blend of both home and international experience, speakers provided insights on completing a deep retrofit, the value proposition and ideas for tackling some of the challenges.

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Conference programme

Thursday 14th June, Aviva Stadium

TimeSpeakerTitle and OrganisationTopic
09:45 Michael Manley Assistant Secretary General, DCCAE Welcome address
09:50 Jim Gannon CEO, SEAI Opening address
10:00 Rebecca Minch Principal Officer, Department of Communication, Climate Action and Environment Policy
10:10 Jens Laustsen Coordinator for Concerted Action - Energy Performance of Buildings Directive Deep Energy Renovation - a new challenge for the Concerted Action EPBD
10:30 Conor Hanniffy, Brian McIntyre, Karl Purcell SEAI Pilot - early results
10:50 Eoin Madigan Managing Director, Waterford Insulation The Contractor Perspective: Lessons to date
11:10 Panel discussion    
11:20 Coffee Break    
11:30 Dermot Bannon Registered Architect (MRIAI) & Presenter Homeowner decision making
11:50 Shane Colclough Research Fellow at Ulster University and Principal at Energy Expertise Ltd. Comparing performance of nZEB and pre-retrofit dwellings – Indoor Environmental Quality and Energy Consumption
12:10 Elena Cattani Construction Engineer, Department of Architecture- Alma Mater Studiorum Adding value in deep retrofit
12:30 Tomás O'Leary Co-Founder and CEO Passive House Academy Upskilling the Trades for the Deep Retrofit Challenge
12:50 Panel discussion    
13:00 Networking lunch    
14:00 Marion Jammet Business Development Manager, Irish Green Building Council Building Skills Capacity for Energy Renovation
14:20 Jan W. Bleyl Consultant, Energetic Solutions, IEA Task 16 - Innovative Energy Services Deep Energy Retrofit: Life Cycle Cost Benefit Analyses and Multiple Benefits on Project Level
14.40 Jan Steiger Head of PHPP Development team, Passivhaus Insitut One step to Deep Retrofit
15:00 Peter Rickaby Peter Rickaby Energy and Sustainability Consultant (Buildings and Housing). Retrofit in the UK: New Technical Standards to Minimise Risks
15:20 Panel discussion   Filling the cavities
15:30 Jim Gannon, CEO, SEAI Close out of conference

Who attended?

This conference will bring together the full gamut of stakeholders and supply chain actors under one roof, to share early insights on the journey towards zero. This includes:

  • local deliverers / project manager
  • contractors
  • technology providers
  • financiers
  • policy-makers
  • property owners and landlords
  • state bodies
  • researchers

Registration is now closed

Registration is no longer open for this event.