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QualiBuild final conference 21 June 2016

Please join us at the QualiBuild final conference in June. The event will be held on 21 June at the Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise. Tickets to the conference are €35 during the early bird period (until 7 June) and €45 after.  To book, please click on “Get Tickets” below.

The programme for the day will include presentation and discussion about the pilot delivery of the Foundation Energy Skills (FES) and Train the Trainer programmes, as well as the Construction Workers Skills Register and Quality Building communication campaign. The National Roll Out of the project will be highlighted, discussing the potential of the project’s various elements to be further developed by National Bodies.

There will also be demonstrations, videos and other information developed throughout the project.

Click A6 FINAL CONFERENCE for information on the speakers and the final programme for the day. This can be downloaded as a pdf.

QualiBuild Final Conference – Quality Low Energy Building

Tuesday 21st June 2016, Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, Co Laois, Ireland

Time Title Speaker
09:15 Registration & Coffee
09.45 Welcome Ciaran Lynch – Rapporteur – Introductions
10:00 EU Philippe Moseley, EU Commission/Executive Agency for SMEs (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.
10.20 QualiBuild Introduction Ciaran Lynch, LIT – Overview and the importance of QualiBuild
An overview of the BUSI Up Skills programme in Ireland and how this has led to QualiBuild. Outlining the importance of quality low energy building within the construction sector and the need to upskill the construction industry workforce in Ireland.
10.40 QualiBuild Train the Trainer Mark Keyes, ITB – Upskilling trainers within the construction sector
Summary of the QualiBuild Train the Trainer programme to upskill trainers within the construction industry. The delivery of the course is over a period of 5 months with classroom, workshops and various site visits and access to resources on-line. The piloting of the course ran in 2 phases with collaboration with other parties providing a successful if not comprehensive course.
11.20 Break Tea/Coffee Questions and suggestions on Message Board  for the panel
11.40 Ireland T.D Minister Damien English for Housing and Urban Renewal – Irish context
With significant changes to the National policies and Building Regulations in Ireland over the last number of years, the urgency now with up-skilling the building construction workforce in Ireland to implement these changes. The need for Quality Low Energy Building is a necessity to ensure that the construction industry move forward with competency and confidence.
12.00 QualiBuild Foundation Energy Skills Seamus Hoyne, LIT – Upskilling construction workers
Outline of QualiBuild Foundation Energy Skills Training (FES) and the roll out of the pilots. The Foundation Energy Skills programme is a core component of the Irish Build Up Skills Initiative. The course consists of classroom activities of discussions, poster design and role play with additional support through a workshop demonstrating air/wind tightness, thermal bridging, continuous insulation and controlled ventilation. 200 construction workers were trained with 14 pilot courses Nationally.
12.30 Demonstration and Videos Richard McCarthy, Enterprise Training Board (ETB) Ballyfermot    – Practical Demonstration

A practical demonstration explaining the importance of airtightness, continuous insulation and thermal bridging using typical cut away models from ETB Ballyfermot.

Display of the videos for the project and testimonials from the pilot courses.

13.00 Lunch Questions and suggestions on Message Board for the panel
14:00 SOLAS (TBC) SOLAS – Roles of SOLAS in training and developing training centres
SOLAS are the State Organisation with responsibility for funding, planning and co-ordinating Further Education and Training (FET) in Ireland. The challenges in training 60,000+ construction workers on Quality Low Energy Building and encouraging Continuous professional Development CPD in the sector.
14:20 RIAI Darragh Lynch, Sustainability Task Force RIAI – Design Parameters for Quality Sustainable Buildings
Darragh will present the overall context of making sustainable buildings.  He will present the key design decisions required in the selection of the site, the design and form of the building and the materials used to ensure buildings more sustainable.
14:40 Skills Register Dara Stewart, DIT – Construction Workers Skills Register, CWSR
Development and objectives of the Construction Worker Skills Register – an online registration system for individual operatives, craftworkers and construction site managers to record their training and skills development for view by the public. Completing the FES course and holding a current safe-pass is a criteria for entry to the Register.
15:10 Break Tea/Coffee Questions and suggestion on Message Board  for the panel
15:30 National Roll Out Padraic Cullen, LIT – Supporting and Training Actions and National Roll Out
Recommendations from the QualiBuild Project, Reviewing supporting and training actions and how to roll the courses and register in Ireland. The importance of mandatory legislation and support from government bodies to manage the courses and implement the construction workers register.
15:50 Panel Q&A Panel Q&A – Time provided to debate and discuss the presentations and future needs in relation to quality low energy building.
16:30 Conference Close Terry Twomey, Interim President of LIT – Closing statement and thank you
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