Free Briefing Sessions


  • Wednesday 5th

Building Energy Design – International Best Practice and Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs)

Time: 10.00 - 13.00

Location: Minerva Suite

Registration: Register For Free Here.

Register now to avoid disappointment, registration will close once we reach room capacity.

This session will present international best practice in energy efficient buildings, as well as future trends toward high-performance buildings across the globe. Attendees will learn about the specific non-residential building energy efficiency and renewable energy requirements ahead of the introduction of NZEB for public buildings in January 2019 and private buildings in 2021. The Irish building design practices will have to adapt to meet the upcoming Part L regulations required by NZEB under the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

This session will be ideal for architects, building energy managers, building specifiers, clients, developers, design teams, engineers, project managers, surveyors, or anyone with an interest in sustainable buildings.  


Chairperson: Chris Hughes, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

10.00 am 
International Best Practice in Low Energy Buildings
Tom Lawrence, ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer / University of Georgia,                                                      
This presentation will focus on best practice in low energy buildings globally in particular on the integration and application of renewable energy into non-domestic buildings.

(Refreshments and networking break)       
Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs)
Sean Armstrong, Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government

This presentation will focus on NZEB guidelines and the TGD Part L public consultation
NZEB Office Buildings and the Renewable Energy Ratio
Orla Coyle, Sustainable Engineering Solutions                                                                                           
This presentation will focus on NZEB office buildings including the Renewable Energy Ratio

Panel discussion     


Tom Lawerence

Tom Lawrence, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP   

Dr Tom Lawrence is a Senior Public Service Associate and coordinator for the mechanical engineering degree program at the University of Georgia, and he has 30+ years of professional engineering experience. Before going back for his PhD in mechanical engineering, he spent approximately 20 years in industry and consulting. He is the past chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.8 Building Environmental Impact and Sustainability, and he is a member of the committee that wrote ASHRAE Standard 189.1 on high-performance green buildings.

As an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, he gives presentations and workshops on green building design around the world. He is the Chair of the editorial committee that produced the 4th edition revision to the ASHRAE Green Guide. Dr Lawrence has a BS with highest distinction honors in environmental science from Purdue University, an MS in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University, and a second MS degree in engineering management from Washington University. He received a PhD in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, with a research topic focused on demand control ventilation.




Ireland’s Solar Value Chain Opportunity

Time: 14.00 - 16.00

Location: Minerva Suite

Registration:Register For Free Here.

Limited seats available, register now to avoid disappointment.

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) will be one of the most important energy technologies globally in meeting climate change goals. Strengths in Irish research and industry mean that Ireland can be more than just a ‘technology taker’ in the growing solar PV sector. Irish companies are already active in the global solar value chain.
The European solar PV market alone could be worth up to €10bn per year by 2030 and the analysis in this report indicates that Irish organisations could capture up to €216m per year of this.

This new report explores the opportunities for Irish research and industry to capture value and new business from a growing international solar photovoltaic market.

What to expect at the report launch;

- Key findings from the report

- Irish strengths in the solar PV value chain

- Opportunity areas for Irish research and industry

- Representatives from Irish organisations active in the solar energy space, including Nines Photovoltaics and NovoGrid, will also present their research, products and services, highlighting how they are supporting the growing sector.

- Panel discussion which will further explore the prospects for Irish organisations in the sector.


Consultancy Opportunities within SEAI’s Business Programmes – A Tenders Briefing Session

Time: 15.00 - 16.00

Location: Presidents Room

Registration:Register For Free Here.

Register now to avoid disappointment, registration will close once we reach room capacity.

SEAI’s Energy Demand Management (EDM) Team supports the business and public sectors, whether organisations are large or small, to adopt structured energy management and accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency.

This is facilitated through a wide variety of services providers that are tendered and contracted on a regular basis.

At this briefing EDM will outline the range of tenders that will be issued over the next two to three months presenting opportunities for a very wide range of service providers. 

In particular the opportunities to support the public sector programmes will be outlined in some detail on the tender which is expected to be issued during the month of April/May.   Panels of providers are generally contracted for one year with options to extend for another two years. 

Competencies for which SEAI with be tendering for may include:

· Energy Management Consultants – Structured Energy Management, and/or specific expertise in core aspects of Energy Management i.e.Awareness, ENPI’s etc.

· Technical Energy Experts – Broad expertise & single technology expertise i.e. interior & exterior lighting

· Project Management Specialists – From scoping and delivery to financial assessment

· Procurement expertise

· Project facilitation expertise (including financial)

· Energy Efficient Design Expertise - Core expertise in EE Design of Facilities, Buildings, Utilities (water, waste etc.)

The briefing will be of interest to any person or organisation with an interest in providing any or all of these services.  


  • Thursday 6th

Street & Exterior Lighting

Time: 10.30am - 12.40pm

Location:Merrion Room

Registration: Register For Free Here.

Register now to avoid disappointment, registration will close once we reach room capacity.

Objective: The objective of this session is to learn from best practice examples from Europe of strategic approaches and models and inform the development of a business case for Irish public lighting stock. The RMO will present on Ireland’s current status and plans for retrofitting public lights. This will be followed by presentation from countries, similar to Ireland, who have or are the process of significant large scale public lighting retrofits. Project development supports in the EU and project financing options will be outlined.  Finally, there will be a panel discussion on the various project models, and what models or approaches that could work in Ireland, including maximising the potential of EU support.

Who should attend: Lighting contractors, Local Authorities, Lighting Suppliers, Lighting Designers, Public Bodies with Street & Exterior Lighting interests


Chairperson – Alan Ryan, SEAI

The strategic perspective - Michael Walsh, CCMA                                                                                       
Introducing the National context - Darragh Quill, RMO Public Lighting Programme                                                                      
The development of a roadmaptowards large scaleretrofitting inCroatia - Julije Domac, Northwest Croatia Regional Energy Agency                
Large scale retrofit of publiclighting in the city of Venlo - Ralf Pakbier, Coordinator of Public Facilities, City of Venlo                                            
Project Development SupportOpportunities
Panel Discussion/Q&A                                                                                                



The Geothermal Association of Ireland

Time: 10:00am - 15.15pm

Location: Committee Room

Registration: Register For Free Here.

Register now to avoid dissapointment, registration will close once we reach room capacity.

The Geothermal Association of Ireland conference theme is focussed on – Decarbonising heat with geothermal energy resources.

Session 1 will demonstrate opportunities for ground source and geothermal energy technology as part of large-scale heating schemes in Ireland.  The session will explore how geothermal can play a key role in decarbonising the heat sector. 

Session 2 will present practical examples from Europe and Ireland where geothermal forms a cornerstone of delivering low carbon energy solutions at city scale but will also look at examples of key aspects of implementation of geothermal systems and how these need to be integrated with sustainable design and integrated with other renewable energies.

The conference is targeted at engineers, architects, energy planners and professionals involved in the development of geothermal and ground source systems.

Energy Training Techniques for Large Production Sites/Factories

Time: 11.00am - 12.15pm

Location: Presidents Room

Registration: Register For Free Here.

This workshop offers participants an opportunity to share their experiences and learn from the practical experiences of others in the development and rollout of corporate wide Energy & Resource Efficiency Training Programmes. It will offer insights into building the business case and assessing the impact of such programmes.

Analysis of performance gaps and poor Energy KPI achievement indicates a need for integrated training interventions for production sites to embed long term sustainable skills in areas such as:

Site wide All-Staff Behavioural Change Programmes

Application of Lean Energy Management across large production sites

Water Management

ISO50001 certification and maintenance

International Standard and best practice training

Emerging Technologies

Target Audience: Energy Managers/EHS/HR/Training/Finance/Marketing

During this workshop delegates will have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others in the development and rollout of such programmes across hundreds of large production and service sites across Ireland including at leaders such as Vistakon, ABP, GSK and many others.

The workshop is facilitated by the National Lean Water & Energy Skillnet, an industry-led training network for large water & energy users across Ireland. It is funded by member companies & the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. Funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.