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Rethinking the City: Tools for the New Century

 Friday June 15th 2007 | 9 - 5.30pm | €175 | Event Flyer | Registration Form | Bookings 01 674 5773

Vienna HouseThe future is here. By responding intelligently to climate change and energy security we are improving quality of life in our cities and towns.

This day of training highlights priorities for change, demonstrates innovations and introduces practical tools for building sustainable cities and towns.

The good news is that we have a wealth of expertise to transition to more sustainable cities and towns. 

Innovations you’ll learn about include The Natural Step, The Merton Rule, The Fingal Directive and The Mobility Management Toolkit.

This event is for planners, city development boards, city councilors,  civil servants, architects, design professionals, property developers,  Agenda 21 officers, civil society organisations and concerned  citizens.

CPD credits available through IPI and Engineers Ireland.

Further information:  Erik van Lennep | 01 674 6396 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Location: Cultivate Living & Learning Centre | Essex St West | Temple Bar | D8




Innovations taught:

The Natural Step provides a clear, compelling, science-based definition of sustainability and a practical strategic planning framework to help communities and organisations make smart economic decisions to move them step-by-step towards a successful and sustainable future.

The ‘Merton Rule’ is the groundbreaking planning policy pioneered by the London Borough of Merton that requires the use of renewable energy onsite to reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions in the built environment. Hundreds of local authorities look set to follow Merton’s lead, which will impact all new major development projects throughout the UK.

The Fingal Directive: In response to the EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, Fingal County Council now requires that new buildings must draw 30 percent of their space and water heating from renewable energy, and consume no more than 50 kilowatt hours per metre squared per annum for water and space heating. Dún Laoghaire / Rathdown County Council has now followed suit.

The Mobility Management Toolkit is used to develop and implement sustainable travel plans to relieve urban congestion. 


Presentations include:

The Fingal Directive

Cllr David Healy, Fingal County Council, involved in introducing strong energy efficiency and renewable  energy standards in new housing developments in Fingal

Cllr Ciaran Fallon, Green Party Councillor, responsible for the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council  energy efficiency in housing proposal

Using Development Briefs to Increase Sustainability

Dick Gleeson, Dublin City Planner

The Natural Step

John Harrington, Founder of RealEyes, uses The Natural Step in his work with Dublin City Council and businesses

The ‘Merton Rule’

Eddy Taylor, Environment and Sustainability Manager, Croyden Council, UK, previously worked at Merton  Council and contributed to the original drafting and inception of the Merton Rule

Energy Planning and Community

Henk W. van der Kamp, President, Irish Planning Institute, practicing town planner and Head of School of Spatial Planning at Dublin Institute of Technology

The Mobility Management Toolkit

Craig Walker, Vipre Ltd. Vipre Ltd. is a world leader in the development and implementation of transportation demand management measures.

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