Sustainable Construction – Building Conference Programme

  •   Sponsored by:  SISK


    • November 3, 2015
      • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pmLunch
      • 1:15 pm - 1:30 pmConor Clarke- Head of Energy Conservation Unit, OPWPresentation Title: Optimising Power @ Work – The scope for energy savings from behavioral change. Presentation Synopsis: The presentation will give details on a behavioural change campaign that we have been running in 270 large Central Government buildings since 2008. We are currently achieving average energy savings of over 20% per annum (€4.6M cost savings). The programme involves 3 key fundamentals: 1) Technology – installing dedicated energy monitoring equipment in all buildings 2) Specialist Resources: Energy specialists working with energy teams in each building 3) Staff Engagement: Active energy teams comprising staff and other key stakeholders in each building The success of the programme in Central Government Buildings has lead to the recent expansion of the initiative into the wider public sector including: Hospitals, Universities, Prisons, Institutes of Education and Local Authorities. The wider public sector campaign commenced in 2014.
      • 1:30 pm - 1:45 pmJohn K. Downey – Director, Downey PlanningPresentation Title: Planning & Development Update. Presentation Synopsis: A general overview of past, present and future trends in planning and development and the importance of creating sustainable communities. Also discussed, recent changes in Planning Legislation and stimuli to kick-start the construction of houses.
      • 1:45 pm - 2:00 pmAlan Hendry - Head of Sustainability, Jacobs EngineeringPresentation Title: Scotland’s Way Ahead, the challenge of delivering low carbon infrastructure. Presentation Synopsis: Does current spending on infrastructure support the imperative to tackle and adapt to climate change? Some think not. So if current infrastructure isn’t helping reduce emissions what are the types of projects that the public sector should be supporting? That was the challenge set for Jacobs who were asked to provide 10 examples of what future infrastructure, that help meet climate change targets, may look like.
      • 2:00 pm - 2:15 pmGary Nixon - Business Development Manager, IES Ltd.Presentation Title: Building design and operation: Using IES technology to close the performance gap. Presentation Synopsis: Over the years the green agenda within building design has become increasingly important. It’s only until very recently that designers, and other construction colleagues, have had the technology and know-how to validate how our buildings are performing in real terms in comparison to what was expected from the design stage. The results prove interesting with a common thread, often the building isn’t performing as predicted. Inclusion of a clients’ sustainability targets as key building performance metrics defined at the outset are crucial for project and ultimately the buildings success. The IES Virtual Environment (IESVE) can assist in achieving and demonstrating these targets from project outset through to operation, thus leveraging the building information. It’s great to handover a sustainable building, but how is that building performing 6 months post-handover, 12 months, 2 years? How do we know if we aren’t checking? Soft Landings (SL) as part of a BIM strategy is key to this, it provides a framework within which designers can demonstrate building performance against the original project requirements. We have the technology to close the Performance Gap. Most recently IES has introduced a Cloud service called ERGON, which allows operational data to be used within the VE, through Free Form Data profiles (FFD). ERGON allows you to import, manage and interrogate real building profile or schedule data (down to 1 minute time steps) for use within VE simulations. Measured data from the actual building you’re investigating can be utilised to create profiles that enhance model calibration. Or use normalised benchmark data from other buildings of its type for design. Such profiles can be used to improve operational models – making the data much easier to collect and utilise, for enhanced commissioning and to help close the performance gap by using accurate data within design. In this session we will look at case studies using real metered data against predicted to illustrate the technical possibilities of using ERGON alongside a BIM approach to deliver soft landings.
      • 2:15 pm - 2:30 pmTom Moloney – Director, Construction Information Services (CIS)Presentation Title: Sustainability in Construction. Presentation Synapsis: Tom Moloney, Managing Director of Construction Information Services (CIS), will be talking about a selection of key ‘sustainable’ related construction projects taking place across the industrial and civil sectors primarily as reported by their online database. Looking at new sustainable practice methods in construction as a whole, he’ll be giving a brief overview on BIM technology and how it’s contributing to a cleaner, more efficient method of planning and construction collaboration. Tom will also comment on some of the key practices of lean construction that’s effectively bringing down unnecessary building costs and improving building output efficiency
      • 2:35 pm - 3:05 pmBreak
      • 3:05 pm - 3:20 pmBarry McDermott – Head of Sustainability, PM GroupPresentation Title: Sustainable Design & Project Delivery. Presentation Synopsis: Sustainable project delivery – What it really means, including the benefits & challenges.
      • 3:20 pm - 3:35 pmPaul O’Reilly – Founding Director, ORSPresentation Title: The Smart Citizens Guide to Saving Energy in the Built Environment Presentation Synopsis: A whole new language has emerged to describe how our buildings need to be assessed and upgraded to help meet globally agreed carbon-reduction targets. The talk outlines a simple seven-step approach to saving energy in buildings by combining energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. Because Climate change policy has silently embedded itself in legislation worldwide, and everyone needs to quickly come up to speed with these developments because the price for not doing so will be detrimental to our very existence.
      • 3:35 pm - 3:50 pmKarol Sikora- Postdoctoral researcher and Adjunct Lecturer, NUIGPresentation Title: New developments for sustainable construction materials. Presentation Synopsis: Nowadays 54% (72% in EU) of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to ~ 70% (>85% in EU). Projections show that urbanization combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban populations by 2050. Therefore, it is predicted that the demand for new multi-storey construction demand will growth steady in future decades. Due to the general availability of the constituents, commonly accessible cement production, well developed concrete placement technology and concrete long life cycle, concrete based on Portland cement is probably the most widely used material made by man worldwide. However, the main concern regarding the use of cement is environmental damage as its production is responsible for over 5% of global CO2 emissions, which are known to be a key contributor to the greenhouse effect. The construction industry has been undergoing a continuous modification and improvement in order to successfully comply with the requirements of sustainable development. This leads to a requirement of more durable, less labour and service intensive materials at a competitive price. To meet these expectations numerous new composite materials have been developed and some of the most promising solutions include: Concrete modified by Superabsorbent Polymers (SAP), Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), and Timber-Concrete Composite (TCC).
      • 3:50 pm - 4:05 pmJacqueline Zita Gibson - Director, Green Papilio Sustainability SolutionsPresentation Title: Embedding sustainability across your business culture. Presentation Synopsis: Jacqueline will demonstrate how global sustainability driver’s impact on the construction sector, and how the Irish industry can respond to this agenda in Design, Construction and Maintenance of assets we deliver. She will lead an interactive workshop that will engage participants to think about adaptation actions that will address future climate change predictions, and come up with practical mitigating actions that address the current socioeconomic climate that faces the Irish people and economy. The workshop will highlight the challenges and opportunities our communities and wider country face, while securing long term quality of life, goods and services for generations to come.
      • 4:05 pm - 4:20 pm
      • 4:20 pm - 4:35 pm