Conference Programme and Presentations
The programme debated a number of issues around the nZEB and quality practices with a number of expert speakers from across Europe.
- Initiatives from Europe and in Ireland to support up- skilling of building construction workers
- How building professionals and companies are responding to the changing landscape of regulations and standards
- New technologies and systems which are emerging as key requirement for nZEB and quality practices.
The presentations (pdf) can be downloaded below:
- Holding Slide Day 1
- 1. Zoe Wildiers_ EASME Presentation pdf
- 3. Windmueller-Training Irish Craftsmen Presentation pdf
- 4. Seamus Hoyne QualiBuild Training Plans and Provision Presentation pdf
- 5. Tomas O’Leary_Most Efficient Buildings Presentation pdf
- 6. Rolf-German Build up Skills actions-preversion Presentation pdf
- 7. Robert Butler CIRI Qualibuild Presentation pdf
- 8. Joseph Little – Code of Practice for retrofit Presentation pdf
- 9. Simon McGuiness – Policy Framework for Retrofit Presentation pdf
Videos are below in the programme table.
|Better than Best Practice – Skills & Knowledge to Achieve Near Zero Energy Buildings Conference|
|09.00am||Registration and Introductions|
|09.45am||Zoe Wildiers, EU Commission/EASME – The Build Up Skills Initiative – Results and Impacts to date|
Overview of the impact of the EU Build Up Skills Initiative and Future Plans
|10.10am||Damien English TD, Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation – Irish Context|
The Energy Performance of Building Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive have recently proposed significant changes to the National policies and Building Regulations in Ireland. The urgency now with up-skilling the building construction workforce in Ireland to implement these changes are paramount.
|10.30am||Torsten Windmueller, KOMZET– Training Irish Crafts Workers in Germany – Lessons from HEAT Plus and CESBEM|
Experiences from training Irish Construction Personnel on Low Energy Buildings within Leonardo-da-Vinci mobility projects will be presented. Since 2009 KOMZET have trained nearly 400 Irish carpenters and plumbers and have gained a deep understanding of the differences in the skills and background information of craftsmen in both countries.
|11.30am||Seamus Hoyne, LIT – Foundation Energy Skills Training for Irish Construction Workers|
Outline of QualiBuild Foundation Energy Skills Training and it future roll out. The Foundation Energy Skills (FES) programme is a core component of the Irish Build Up Skills Initiative. Under the QualiBuild project it is planned to provide this training to 200 construction workers and develop a plan to roll it out Nationally. Details of the programme and its supporting Train the Trainer programme will be presented.
|12.00pm||Tomas O’Leary, Passive House Academy – Training the Trades in Building Excellence – the Passive House Approach|
Passive House is widely regarded as one of the most stringent building performance and comfort standards in the world. The Passive House Academy has trained tradesperson in this field in Europe, the US and Australia and recognizes the importance of providing locally relevant hands-on training in the topics of insulation, airtightness, thermal bridging, window installation and mechanical services.
|12.30pm||Rolf Rehbold, Build Up Skills Germany – German Build Up Skills (BUS) actions, current activities and regional initiatives on “smart builders” and quality networks|
What kind of quantitative and qualitative gaps exist in Germany to reach the 2020 goals in the building sector and what needs to be done to close these gaps? Besides the results coming out of the first BUILD UP Skills (BUS) initiative in Germany the speaker will provide an overview of the main topics of Pillar II of BUS Germany that will be implemented from 2014 to strengthen the qualifications for interfaces between trades and the house as an integrated system. Furthermore, the talk will comment on regional initiatives to build up qualification for building sector workers.
|14.15pm||Robert Butler, CIF – Employers Approaches to Construction Worker Training|
The launch of the CIRI register is major initiative for the construction industry. This presentation will outline the CIRI Register and how the CPD process will improve employee training and the general awareness of key sectoral pillars of training needed. It is anticipated that the subsequent up-skilling provided to the worker which in turn lead to enhanced quality of project outcomes.
|14.45pm||Joseph Little, Joseph Little Architects – How the Code of Practice of Retrofit and other tools can help raise the standards of design professionals|
How the Code of Practice of Retrofit and other tools can help raise the standards of design professionals. Joseph Little has been to the forefront of working with design professionals to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to design high quality low energy buildings. Experiences from working with and training design professionals will be presented.
|15:45pm||Simon McGuinness, Dip Arch, MRIAI – “BIM, nZEB and Retrofit – The Father, The Son and The Holy Grail”|
The ability to model buildings in 3D in order to accurately model their thermal and hydrothermal behaviour is critical to safely delivering the Retrofit revolution that beckons. The presentation will review recent research at DIT aimed at mapping a course towards routinely delivering 85 -95% energy reductions for existing residential, institutional and commercial buildings. This is the biggest construction project ever contemplated by mankind. It is a challenge that demands a new mindset as much as a new skill set.
|16.15pm||Panel Q&A – Time provided to debate and query the presentations and future needs for training in relation to low energy buildings|
A little about the Speakers on the Day: