How Ireland can transform the built environment to achieve sustainability by 2030?
*Free for jobseekers
Friday 6th May 2011 | 9.30 - 17.00 | €50 / (Book Online) | Cultivate, Éasca and IGBC Members: €30 (Book Online with your member discount code) | Griffith College Dublin
How can this be achieved and what needs to happen to enable it?
What are the opportunities for job creation in Ireland through a truly ambitious transformation to sustainability?
In the morning there is a joint session exploring frameworks and concepts. In the afternoon, participants have a choice between two streams:
Stream One: Rating Tools for Sustainability in the Built Environmental
Stream Two: Speakers and Café Seminar on Creating Sustainable Communities
9.00 Coffee and registration
9.30 Event opened by guest speaker to be confirmed
Victor Branagan speaks on systems thinking based on the Natural Step Framework as a powerful way for the entire complex supply chain of the built environment to work towards a common goal of sustainability. This framework also provides a way of uniting the various concepts, actions and tools that will be talked about during the day.
Tom Woolley talks about opportunities for applying closed loop concepts by use of locally produced, natural, low embodied materials and construction methods, and the particular opportunities for Ireland.
Mike Haslam, Solearth Architects, discusses the practical application of sustainable materials in recent projects in Ireland.
Pooran Desai OBE, Co-Founder Bioregional, talks about creating sustainable one planet communities.
Kelly Grainger, Sustainability Manager of InterfaceFLOR UK and Ireland, talks about Mission Zero, to achieve zero negative impact from all activities by 2020 and how this is been applied at InterfaceFLOR’s factory in Ireland.
Jay Stuart, Delap & Waller EcoCo Ltd, discusses legislating for sustainability including Green Public Procurement: The role of EU policy in moving towards sustainability. What are the deficiencies? What does government need to do in Ireland?
Noel Morrin, Vice President Sustainability Skanska, talks how one of the world’s largest construction groups is moving beyond compliance to build the next generation of truly sustainable buildings, and how they welcome much more ambitious legislation towards net zero impact construction.
How can Ireland benefit from a truly ambitious move to sustainability in the tightest time frame?
What needs to happen at government level, and at industry level?
What are the opportunities for job creation?
Afternoon (Choice of two streams)
14.00 Introduction by Duncan Stewart
Stream One - Rating Tools for the Built Environment
The afternoon will look in some detail at the various tools used internationally to assess sustainability in the built environment. Which are most suitable for adaption to Ireland?
Dermot Kehily, Dublin Institute of Technology, talks about Life Cycle Costing.
Vessela Valtcheva-McGee, LEED AP, talks about the LEED tool and how it is moving construction towards sustainability. What issues need to addressed in terms of adapting it for local conditions and for giving control of its use to local providers?
Amanda Gallagher, BRE Ireland, talks about BREEAM giving an overview of the system and how it can be adapted for Ireland. How have other countries adapted it for use?
Paul Dunne, Arup, gives an overview of their experiences using various tools including BREEAM, LEED, and their own tool SPEAR.
Brian O’Brien, Solearth Architects, talks about the Living Building Challenge. This ambitious benchmark was developed by the Cascadia Green Building Council in response to the perceived weaknesses in existing rating systems. It seeks to move towards genuinely sustainable and restorative buildings.
Panel discussion (Facilitated discussion around the merits of each approach):
Does Ireland need a rating tool?
What is the most appropriate tool for use in Ireland?
Which tool can be most easily adapted for Ireland?
Should all public and private buildings be required to rate their sustainability using holistic sustainability tools?
Stream Two – Creating Sustainable Communities
This will be a facilitated World Café to answer the following questions:
How do we remake our existing urban and suburban environment to make them more resilient to the impacts of global energy, financial and energy shocks?
What can we do with the current built stock of poorly designed suburbs and ghost estates?
These are some of the speakers who will make brief presentations and help facilitate discussion and workshops over the afternoon.
Alice Charles, Planner, former Manager of Colin Buchanan Associates Limited and a member of the planning advisory committee to NAMA, gives her own opinions on the need to create a high level strategy around the properties in NAMA so that the most appropriate use for these can be identified to benefit local communities and allow these to be used to create sustainable communities .
David Korovitz, Feasta (Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability), talks about the need to create more resilience at a local level within communities to cope with global financial and energy supply shocks. This itself creates work opportunities within communities but perhaps not the high tech green economy jobs that politicians like to talk about.
Graham Lightfoot, Sustainable Transport Consultant, Mendes Limited, reminds us that our built community infrastructure since the 1950’s is based around the concept of one family - one car. This has lead to wasteful land use. How could a move to smarter transport strategies lead to the physical transformation of existing communities? What simple cost effective smart transport options are available?
Manuel Diez Garrido, Urban Designer , talks about the opportunities for transforming our towns and cities in the current economic conditions of Ireland looking at the precedent of Barcelona where the modern renaissance of the city was started with few resources and led by underemployed planners and architects.