A Cultivate Green Building Forum with Duncan Stewart

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Saturday September 29th 2007 | 10am - 5pm | €60

In Association With ÉASCA (The Environmental and Sustainable Construction Association) and the Village Project with support from Ecological Building Systems, Kingspan Century, O'Mahony Pike and Siemens.  

Designing a new home?  Eco-retrofitting?  Don’t miss Ireland’s foremost Green Building Event!

  • Featuring green building and design experts
  • Covers both new build and retrofit
  • Choose from 10 different 2-hour workshops
  • Q&A and design clinic
  • Hosted by Duncan Stewart, the award-winning architect and well-known TV presenter

TIMETABLE & WORKSHOP details follow...

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09.00 - 10.00   Registration

10.00 - 10.05   Davie Philip, Cultivate Centre - Welcome 

10.05 – 10.15   Opening address by Minister Eamon Ryan, DCENR

10.15 - 10.25   Duncan Stewart and Minister Ryan on Energy Efficiency

10.25 – 11.00   Duncan Stewart  - The Energy Context: ‘Why is there a growing interest in Green Building?’ 

11.00 – 11.20   Break

11.20 – 12.30   Dr Patrick Waterfield - Improving the Energy Performance of our Homes.  Patrick Waterfield is the         author of The Energy Efficient Home and an independent energy in buildings consultant 

12.30 – 14.00   Networking lunch and marketplace

14.00 – 15.30   Choice of workshops (see below)

15.30 – 16.00  Break

16.00 – 17.00   The ÉASCA Green Building Clinic:  Queries and questions to be answered by a panel including Dr Patrick Waterfield, Duncan Stewart and Paul Leech. This session will be facilitated by Patrick Daly, Energy / Environment Consultant, Founder BESRaC and Co-Founder of RiSE Research Unit, DIT

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1 Saving energy and money by making our homes more energy efficient with Patrick Waterfield, author and energy in building consultant.

A deeper exploration into increasing the energy performance of our  homes, covering insulation options, lighting, appliances, and running  costs. Dr Patrick Waterfield is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the  Energy Institute. He is the author of The Energy Efficient Home, as well  as 14 conference and journal papers and numerous periodical/magazine  articles.

2 Low energy construction: airtightness, moisture management and ventilation with Niall Crosson of Ecological Building Systems.

Discover a practical approach to planning and achieving intelligent airtightness on site with vapour diffusion open constructions. Why airtightness is so important in the context of low energy structural design. As  we construct buildings more “tightly” than ever before, the issue of intelligent moisture management in structural elements is of increasing significance. The “breathability” of the structure and material selection is a  critical part of how we build. Also highlights some of the key advantages  and characteristics of selecting natural materials.  

3 Energy-saving improvements in houses with character with Colm Murray, Architecture Officer of the Heritage Council.

It is an acknowledged fact that ‘the most environmentally benign building is the one that does not have to be built because it already exists.  But existing buildings are being asked to perform better from an energy  point-of-view.  What strategies should be adopted to keep more heat in  whilst respecting the character of these buildings?’

4 Passive homes: A standard for ultra-low energy buildings with Tomás O’Leary, MOSART and Lars Petterson, SCANHOMES.

Passive houses use just a tiny fraction of the heating requirement of a  typical house and provide very high levels of comfort and health. The  passive house building concept is gaining a strong foothold in Ireland as  evidenced by Sustainable Energy Ireland’s plans to publish guidelines on  the subject in October of this year. Tomás O’Leary has been living in the  well known ‘Out of the Blue’ passive house for over two years now and  is co-drafting the above national guidelines along with ERG UCD. He will  reflect on his personal experiences of living in what is perhaps the most  energy efficient building method available in Ireland and give a preview  of the content of the passive house guidelines. Lars Petterson of Galway  based Scandinavian Homes Ltd built his low-energy house in Galway in  1990 and since then his company has built 200 low-energy houses in Ireland, including 14 houses to the passive specification since 2005. He will  offer practical experiences of passive house design and building. 

5 Renewable energy options with Quentin Gargan, Ecologics.

Quentin Gargan and his partner Clare Watson live in a strawbale house  on a smallholding in West Cork where they produce most of their own  food. Electricity is provided by a wind turbine and solar PVs, while hot  water is provided by solar panels. They are currently installing a microhydro system.  Quentin will outline their experience with various renewable energy technologies and also dispel some myths and claimed benefits. The workshop will also cover the design and installation of safe and  effective solar water heating. Quentin is a BPEC-certified solar installer  and a founding director of Ecologics Solar Solutions Ltd.

6 Overcoming vested interests: ÉASCA members workshop with Duncan Stewart and Paul Leech.

This is a closed workshop for ÉASCA members only. ÉASCA was formed  to promote and facilitate positive change in order to mainstream sustainable building practices in Ireland.  By linking together and accepting  common criteria for standards and peer-review, members are moving  forward the agenda for sustainable construction in Ireland. ÉASCA offers  2 levels of membership: an individual, non-assessed membership for the  general public and a company-level membership. For more information  see www.easca.ie  

7 Growing your own house - building with hemp with Marcus McCabe and Henry Thomson.

By using hemp and timber frame construction, hemp buildings have a potential for zero CO2 emissions. The hemp building is a solid wall construction that beats most conventional insulation methods because of its thermal mass. This means that hemp houses are cool in the summer and warm in the winter and are not prone to condensation and mildew buildups, very important as we come to realise the importance of indoor air quality on our health and in particular the health of our children. This workshop will outline how we build with hemp and explore how to use Irish hemp.