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SEAI's National Deep Retrofit Conference 2017

18/05/2017 by Tom  Halpin

Toward's Zero


21st June, 2017, Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Up to a million homes built in the last century perform very poorly on the building energy rating (BER) scale. This results in significantly higher energy bills for homeowners, not to mention the effects of a poorly insulated home on the health and wellbeing of people living in the building. The deep retrofitting of these homes is one of our greatest energy efficiency challenges but it can also be viewed as a major economic and employment opportunity.


Deep Retrofit Challenges

Challenges include:

  • the significant learning curve
  • overcoming scepticism
  • the scale and capacity of the contractor supply chain and
  • the shortage of suitable financing solutions

SEAI is now exploring the best ways to help homeowners overcome these barriers and unlock the hidden potential in their homes. To date, SEAI have engaged in pilot studies testing a range of personal financing approaches and technical solutions. The 2017 budget provided additional funding to develop these pilots further and reflect the scale of the challenge we face.

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SEAI's National Deep Retrofit Conference

SEAI will be hosting its inaugural Deep Retrofit Conference on June 21st in the Aviva Stadium. The conference aims to provide a platform for sharing experiences, best practice and analysis. It will serve as a marker post each year as SEAI test and embed the methods that will bring Ireland's building stock to the highest levels of energy efficiency.


Who Should Attend

This conference will bring together the full gamut of stakeholders and supply chain actors under one roof, to start the journey 'Towards Zero'. This will include: policy-makers; state bodies; researchers; local deliverers / project co-ordinators; property owners and landlords; technology providers; finance and business professionals; and building contractors.


Conference Programme

The programme will feature national and international perspectives, establishing a framework for action across all stakeholders. Conference themes will include:

  • The vision for deep retrofit
  • National and international policy
  • Behavioural insights
  • Building market capacity
  • Supply chain quality
  • Leveraging the opportunity


Speaker Line-Up

Speakers already confirmed for the event include:

  • Jim Gannon - CEO, SEAI
  • Victoria Burrows - Project Manager, World Green Building Council
  • Catrin Maby - Associate Consultant, Rickaby Thompson
  • Jim Scheer - Programme Manager, SEAI
  • Jan Steiger - Passivhaus Institute
  • Andrée Dargan - County Architect, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
  • Paul Kenny - CEO, Tipperary Energy Agency
  • Marion Jammet - Business Developnment manager, Irish Green Building Council
  • Brian Montayne - Manager, ESB eHeat
  • Seamus Hoyne - Head of Flexible Learning, Limerick Institute of Technology
  • Jenny Power - Programme Executive, SEAI
  • Sean Armstrong - Senior Technical Advisor, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government
  • Cormac Allen - Assistant Head of School, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Michael Hanratty - Managing Director, IHER Energy Services
  • Conor Hanniffy - Programme Manager, SEAI

You can view the full programme here.

This event is now fully booked, please register here if you would like to receive future updates on Deep Retrofit from SEAI.


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