Streamed over 2 days, enjoy this FREE event from the comfort of your own home. With 4 stages of informative talks & Q&A’s and 25 expert speakers this is an event not to be missed to get the advice and inspiration for your project.
With too much expert info to view in only 2 days all seminars will be available for 4 weeks.
Also look out for our NEW Supplier Hub launch giving you access to suppliers for your project throughout the year.
Company Profile: Grant Engineering designs and manufactures a range of highly efficient heating technologies including Grant Vortex condensing oil boilers, Grant Aerona3 R32 air to water air source heat pumps, Grant Solar Thermal panels and Grant pre-plumbed hot water cylinders. The company also offers homeowners a diverse range of heat emitters including Grant Uflex underfloor heating, Grant Afinia aluminium & Solo fan convector radiators. In addition to providing cost effective heating solutions which can help reduce carbon emissions, Grant offers a free of charge home heating design service which can help ensure compliance on all heating requirements for new build homes.
Seminar Title: How to choose the correct heating system for your home
Seminar Description: Free Home Heating Design Process 01. Heat Loss Calculations 02. Sizing Your Heat Pump & Hot Water Cylinder 03. Selecting Underfloor Heating, Aluminium Radiators or Both and Temperature Controls 04. Quotations 05. Ensuring Compliance 06. Engaging Your Installer 07. Commissioning Your System 08. Distribution & Aftercare Service
Speaker Profile: Keith has been working in the heating and plumbing trade for over 24 years, working in both the domestic and industrial sectors. Since joining Grant Engineering in 2007, Keith has been involved in technical sales, product commissioning , installer and merchant product training, as well as developing new training courses on new products. CPD training for architects, engineers and energy assessors is also part of his remit. With the new Grant Training Centre coming on line, Keith has designed many new courses to meet the demand for the ever-evolving heating industry.
Company Profile: Edel Regan Architects is a design led practice which can increase the value of your land or project through innovative design,planning and construction.Edel Regan Architects bring design flair whether the project is commercial or residential.
Seminar Title: Finding a plot and seeking planning permission
Seminar Description: If you have a rural site or are involved in the selection of a particular site, the choices you make about the site and the design on the site can make all the difference to the success of your planning application and the completed house .Feel free to discuss.
Speaker Profile: Edel Regan Architect M.R.I.A.I. is a Senior Design Architect who has over 25 years’ experience and is an Award-winning Architect on several projects, such as Mixed-Use Development’s and has also has produced Master planning projects in the U.S. Edel has received 1st class honors Architectural degree from Trinity College Dublin in Architecture with a B.Arch. Honours degree and is a memeber became a member of the R.I.A.I. She is now a fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland. (F.R.I.A.I.) Edel founded her own practice in Cork in 2001 and has worked with some of the major multinationals – Pfizer etc. She describes herself as a highly Conceptual Design Architect, who has run an extremely successful firm and is a stickler for detail in design.
Independent advice from John Corless – the leading expert in building practices in Ireland. A show regular for over 15 years John knows house plans inside and out. Take a seat and learn the do’s and don’t and see what can be achieved in your home!
Company Profile: Xtratherm, Irish insulation manufacturer with a very approachable Technical Team. To reach our Technical Team for support on Self Build issues, please visit ww.xtratherm.ie
Seminar Title: When Self Build becomes a Team Effort. Helping you achieve an affordable ‘A’ rated home.
Seminar Description: You need to achieve an ‘A’ Rated home; regulations ask that. But how do you get there? Insulation, air tightness, renewables. There are may ways to skin a cat – but can you have a cat flap in an airtight house? Our presentation looks at all the questions you’re asking yourself – and how, with the Xtratherm Tech Team, you can get the answers.
Speaker Profile: Danny Kearney leads the Marketing and Technical Sales teams at Xtratherm. He has over 30 years’ experience and has worked on countless self build projects including his own house refurbishment which he completed recently. A champion for achieving practical, affordable, energy efficient new homes, his presentation tackles the most asked questions from Self Builders in their efforts to realise their dream home.
Speaker Profile: Multi-award winning interior designer Gwen Kenny has earned a reputation for excellence based on her personal approach, innovative creativity, exacting attention to detail and unwavering commitment to sustainability. With more than 25 years’ experience, Gwen is considered to be one of Ireland’s most respected designers. She has worked on a host of residential and commercial projects in Ireland and overseas, many of which have been featured by national media. Her clients, past and present, include Teeling Whiskey, The Olympia Theatre, Andrew Rudd’s Medley Restaurant, a number of property investors, hoteliers and management companies along with a host of private home owners. Gwen’s relentless curiosity and hunger for knowledge means her work is influenced by not just the tried and tested, but also emerging innovations and technologies. All of her designs begin and end with sustainability in mind, delivering value for money both in terms of construction and fit-out costs and ongoing maintenance and utility costs. One of Gwen’s unique skills is her ability to seamlessly work across all design styles ranging from period heritage properties to state-of-the-art new builds and everything in-between. Respecting the integrity of a property in a way that honours the design cues and functionality requirements contained within a client brief is a skill that Gwen has honed over the last 25 years, resulting in projects that surpass client expectations. Gwen is a winning designer on RTÉ’s Showhouse, a guest designer on RTÉ’s Room to Improve and featured designer on RTÉ’s About the House. She has appeared on Ireland AM, The Elaine Show and Nationwide and her work has been celebrated in Your Home, 25 Most Beautiful Homes, Ireland’s Homes and Living, Real Home, The Irish Times, and Sunday Business Post. A graduate of TU Dublin, Gwen has an MA in Design and Professional Practice and is a member of the Interiors Association and Institute of Designers. She also lectures at Griffith College.
Company Profile: OBQS are construction cost consultants that have a wide range of experience in all aspects of construction; bringing projects through the full building cycle from feasibility stage to completion, ensuring clients receive the best cost advice and consequently excellent value for money. Lisa has been working alongside www.concretebuilt.ie bringing awareness to the benefits of concrete built homes.
Seminar Title: The First Steps are the Key Steps
Seminar Description: This presentation outlines the first steps that need to be taken into consideration before building your new home. The first steps are the key steps, this presentation gives an insight in to some of the important things to keep in mind throughout this stage. From the professionals you will need to engage with, to making sure you are using the right materials to build your home, this presentation will give you some useful tips as you begin to plan your build.
Speaker Profile: Lisa O’Brien has been the resident QS on RTE One’s popular renovation show “Room to Improve” for Series 10 (2017) and Series 11 (2018); managing homeowners expectations and Architect Dermot Bannon’s inspirations. Lisa founded her practice O’Brien Quantity Surveyors in 2006 providing a professional and personal Quantity Surveying service to both private clients and contractors. Lisa has a solid background in construction graduating from Bolton Street DIT with a Diploma in Construction Technology in 2000. Lisa completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Economics on a part time basis while emerging herself in the Industry; she graduated with an Honors degree in 2004. In 2006, Lisa completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Building Repair & Conservation in Trinity College Dublin.
Speaker Profile: Keith has over 20 years of direct experience across all aspects of the construction industry including road and motorway construction, housing developments, apartment and commercial developments and private domestic project works. Keith is a quantity surveyor, contract specialist and a dispute resolution consultant who also specialises in Arbitration, Adjudication, Conciliation, Mediation to general Negotiations. Keith is also an experienced trainer and provides training on construction contracts and dispute resolution processes for leading organisations including the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Construction Industry Federation. Keith has experience across the full suite of Contracts including government contracts PWC, RIAI contracts and general subcontract documents. Keith has assisted private clients from small extensions to large one off properties throughout his career and the domestic market still represents the largest part of his practice. Keith has assisted many clients who having ended up in dispute with their builder, have come to him for assistance to get the project completed and issues resolved and unfortunately this part of the practice is growing all the time. Keith has been writing a regular series in the Self Build Magazine around the area of costs and understanding the costs of the various elements and choices in self builds
Company Profile: As Ireland’s leading Manufacturer & Supplier of bathroom products, at SONAS Bathrooms our purpose is to help create perfect bathroom solutions for everyone.
Seminar Title: Planning Your Bathroom
Seminar Description: Get advice from award winning interior designer Gwen Kenny of Divine Design; and Richard Sloan, Managing Director of SONAS Bathrooms
Speaker Profile: Richard leads the team at SONAS Bathrooms, and is passionate about helping customers create their perfect bathroom solution. He has almost 20 years experience in developing and marketing bathroom product solutions with consumers, installers, specifiers and retailers.
Company Profile: The principal manufacturer in Ireland and Uk of binder used to produce Roadstone’s liquid screeds
Seminar Title: Liquid Screeds for Underfloor Heating
Seminar Description: A look at the benefits of using a liquid screed, manufactured by Roadstone; Ireland’s leading concrete and screeds producer. We also look at how we ensure best value, best performance and best installation with a specification design service, tailored for the needs of the Selfbuilder.
Speaker Profile: Having worked for 30 years employed with leading manufacturers of construction products, and recently the specification of screeds into Ireland’s Self- build market these last 6+years, I really enjoy delivering the best products from the very best manufacturers, backed up by my critical design assistance that ensures a good service. Coming over frequently from Scotland with this screed business , I miss and look forward to seeing the beautiful Irish country again in person as soon as we are all safe.
Company Profile: We provide practical, independent advice to help self builders achieve a comfortable, healthy home which is low cost to heat and within their budget.
Seminar Title: The Universal Priorities for New Build
Seminar Description: The presentation will highlight the critical points when planning your new build.The focus should be fabric first. Keep the heat in, achieve good airtightness, install a proper mechanical ventilation heat recovery system – for the health of your family.
Speaker Profile: Eric is totally independent and takes a practical approach to house building. For many years he worked in the renewables industry. Now he brings together insulation, airtightness, ventilation and renewables to achieve the best result for each client.
Company Profile: KORE Insulation is a manufacturer of high quality Expanded Polystyrene insulation solutions for the Irish and UK markets. In operation for over 20 years, KORE provides a range of EPS solutions to insulate towards a whole-home, fabric first approach. KORE EPS is a cost-optimal material that easily meets and exceeds Part L 2019 and nZEB requirements. KORE’s Retrofit department offers a range of insulation grants and incentives for homeowners looking to upgrade energy efficiency measures in existing properties, enabling us to be a one-stop shop for deep retrofit and low energy building projects.
Seminar Title: Meeting & Exceeding Building Regulations Utilising Easier Construction Methods: A Cost-Optimal & Fabric First Approach
Seminar Description: KORE’s Technical Business Development Manager, Andrew Butler, will explore construction methods that reduce cost while still offering high performance to meet and exceeds today’s building regulations (Part L 2019). Utilising a fabric-first approach, this presentation will cover insulation methods for the most common building elements, including the floor, external walls, attic and roof.
Speaker Profile: Andrew Butler acts as KORE’s Technical Business Development Manager. Andrew graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology and has a varied background in engineering and architecture, giving him the perfect mix of skills and education needed to excel in his role. Andrew is also our in-house BIM expert, having worked closely with Waterford Institute of Technology on all our details.
Company Profile: healycornelius design ltd. is a multi-award winning CIAT Chartered Practice providing a wide range of architectural design services on private residential and commercial projects for a growing client base in the South West of Ireland and South East of England.
Seminar Title: Planning & Delivering a Self-Build Project ranging from New Build to Refurbishment and Extensions.
Seminar Description: The presentation provides a guide through the journey of a project from initial concept through to completion. It provides anyone considering a new build or refurbishment project a clear and uncomplicated understanding of all aspects of the process.
Speaker Profile: Niall is the Founder and Managing Director of healycornelius design ltd. with over 30 years experience working in architectural practice. Niall’s experience in practice includes high-end residential, restaurant, retail, and leisure design as well as contract administration to completion and delivery. Having established healycornelius design in 2004, the multi-award winning practice has grown from strength to strength.
Company Profile: healycornelius design ltd. is a multi-award winning CIAT Chartered Practice providing a wide range of architectural design services on private residential and commercial projects for a growing client base in the South West of Ireland and South East of England.
Seminar Title: A 3-Step Approach to Achieving a Low-Energy Dwelling
Seminar Profile: Further to amendments to the ventilation and energy efficiency Building Regulations towards the end of 2019, all new dwellings and major renovations must achieve a minimum energy performance level. This presentation explains the new standards and explores a 3-Step Approach to meet the requirements effectively.
Speaker Profile: Michael is a Director of design-led CIAT Chartered Practice healycornelius design ltd. with offices in Kerry and London. His experience includes delivery of private residential refurbishments, extensions and new-builds in the south-west of Ireland and London to the restaurant, entertainment and retail sectors in Greater London. Michael is a Chartered Architectural Technologist (MCIAT), a Chartered Construction Manager (MCIOB), a Chartered Building Engineer (C.Build E MCABE), a Registered Building Surveyor and Certified European Passive House Designer.
Company Profile: Homecare Systems design and install Residential Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery in Ireland
Seminar Title: 30 years of MVHR in Ireland. Choosing the best system for your home
Speaker Profile: Gareth Fitzsimons is a building services engineer who is the co-director and co-founder of Homecare Systems Ltd. Homecare Systems was established 16 years ago and was Ireland’s first bespoke MVHR design, installation and servicing company.
Company Profile: Lagan Building Solutions (LBS) are the market leading specialist supplier of natural roofing products (including natural slate and clay), stone cladding systems and architectural slate and stone. We cover all aspects of the roofing industry, from conservation to commercial and residential projects.
Seminar Title: An Introduction to Lagan Building Solutions
Seminar Description: An overview of Lagan Building Solutions company and our natural slate, clay and stone products.
Speaker Profile: Henry is the LBS Sales Director for Northern Ireland. He has been working for LBS for 12 years now and has 25 years experience in the roofing industry. He has been involved in numerous projects from one-off self builds to major commercial and conservation projects.
Company Profile: MasterTherm Ireland is a part of the MasterTherm Europe group. With over 25 years in business, we design, manufacture, install and maintain heat pumps for all categories of use – ground, air and water source. With tens of thousands of heat pumps installed across the globe we truly are the heat pump pioneers. We are proud of our reputation and ensure we keep a direct link between manufacturer and home-owners to guarantee maximum performance, efficiency and longevity of all heat pump systems. The quality and long life-span of the heat pumps we produce is at the heart of our business operations. For this, we use only components of the highest quality thereby ensuring optimal performance and longevity. Our company offers all types of heat pumps including split, compact, indoor split, air source, ground source, water source, and high-temperature heat recovery industrial systems. We specialise in bespoke design and this is an important feature for the self-build market as it enables us to maximize efficiency and allows us to offer up to seven-year warranty. All of our heat pumps may be connected to the internet for control and monitoring. MasterTherm are an SEAI accredited company.
Seminar Title: Residential Heat Pumps Solutions
Seminar Description: In this presentation we will discuss the most important criteria to look for when choosing a heat pump solution for your new build, your renovation/ retrofit project or simply as a replacement for your traditional gas/oil/electric heating system.
Speaker Profile: Vincent is head of business development with MasterTherm Heat Pumps Ireland and has been in the heating and hot water industry for over 30 years. His experience of the industry provides a customer focussed sales and marketing ethos from the beginning of the sales process until the final commissioning. He has worked previously with large multinational manufacturers bringing heating and hot water solutions to the Irish market and prides himself on delivering high quality solutions to the market backed by excellent aftersales guaranteeing the end user peace of mind when they choose a MasterTherm solution
Company Profile: Importers and distributors of Icynene Spray Foam to Ireland & The UK
Seminar Title: Icynene Spray Foam Insulation for an energy efficient home
Seminar Description: An introduction to Spray Foam insulation for residential homes for thermal, acoustic and air tightness properties.
Speaker Profile: Gerry Sheridan is the MD of GMS Insulations who are distributors of The Icynene Spray Foam Insulation System since 2004, previously he was a director at timber frame manufacturer Century Homes.
Company Profile: KMC Homes build architect designed homes for busy professional people. They provide an end-to-end service including design, planning permission, fixed price budget, building, finishes, supervision & bank certification. Their goal is to provide a simple and stress free service for busy professional people.
Seminar Title: How to build your Forever Home STRESS FREE! (well almost)
Seminar Description: Kieran McCarthy from KMC Homes (and engineer on RTE’s Cheap Irish Homes) explains how to reduce the stress and conflict in a Self Build project. He begins with a brief summary of how house design has changed in Ireland and how the building process needs to change in response to more complex design
Speaker Profile: Kieran McCarthy is a highly experienced engineer and builder from Midleton, Co. Cork. He is design and build director at KMC Homes building company in Cork and engineer on RTE’s Cheap Irish Homes. Kieran believes in the benefits of living in a beautifully designed home and his goal is to make architect designed homes more accessible and in particular the home building journey as simple, stress-free and rewarding as possible
Company Profile: A renewable energy company which have designed and installed heat pump solutions from 1984 in conjunction with Ochsner Heat pumps
Seminar Title: Selecting a Heat Pump and Best Energy Source for your Project
Seminar Description: Our presentation is based on selecting the best energy source for a project and creating a complete heating solution that uses energy at the highest possible efficiency to deliver low running costs and extraordinary high comfort including endless hot water.
Speaker Profile: Mechanical Engineer focused on heating and hot water solution using renewable energy including domestic, commercial, industrial and process energy
Company Profile: iDomus is an agent of one the largest Glulam Manufacturers in Europe Mayr-Melnhof Huttemann Wismar GmbH. Providing extensive range of Glulam Beams and Engineered Timber Construction panels system called HBE. iDomus providing Eco-friendly Building Solutions using only Ecological materials for Sustainable Carbon Neutral Construction.
Seminar Title: Mass Timber Construction
Seminar Description: General information about Glulam and Solid Timber Houses Advantages and Benefits towards Healthy and comfortable Living Environment in Ecological Buildings. iDomus Wood Only building envelope is the key solution for the Right construction for Real Ecological and low impact environment approach.
Speaker Profile: Dainius Prakapavicius have over 15 years experience in Construction Business working in renovations and new build sectors. Holds Btech diploma from DIT in Construction Site Management 2014. After 2014-2016 training in Germany for Energy Efficiency Building Systems, Dainius is concentrating in Sustainable and Ecological Construction.
Company Profile: Self Build with Quinn is a unique offering from Quinn Building Products, one of Ireland’s most diverse and experienced manufacturers of a broad portfolio of essential building materials. The home of SIMS by Quinn, Ireland’s Super Insulated Masonry Solution, and uniquely tailored self-build packages, helping self-builders achieve the perfect balance of superior design performance and comfortable living with a more sustainable construction solution and cost optimisation, for a home that’s built for life. Custom self-build package deals incorporate sustainable building solutions such as SIMS by Quinn, product bundles and discounts, and a comprehensive technical support package to help achieve optimum energy performance through fabric first design. We’ve looked at the key considerations for those taking on the challenge of self-building and have created flexible solutions which combine the support and technical expertise which can be invaluable to a self-builder with superior performing productsand solutions to create a home which fits your lifestyle with significantly reduced environmental impact. The added benefit is the cost savings on offer with discounts available on multiple essential building materials with our tailored self-build packages.
Seminar Title: Self Build with Quinn: Build for Life
Seminar Description: A look at how self-builders in Ireland and Northern Ireland can easily achieve a thermally efficient, more sustainable home in the most cost-efficient manner, with the support of an industry leading technical team. Including essential information on how European best practice construction methods using superior performance thermal blocks with a certified external insulation system is now a must consider option for any self-builder to ensure a home built for living, built for performance and built for the future.
Speaker Profile: Jason Martin is the Specification and Product Development Manager at Quinn Building Products. Much of his daily focus is on product specification and he has extensive experience and technical knowledge of the entire Quinn Building Products range. Jason has spent a lot of time researching the much talked about (but often little understood) phenomenon of thermal bridging. Working alongside an accredited NSAI thermal modeller, he has developed a unique set of accredited construction details where Quinn Lite and Quinn Therm products have been combined to create simple solutions which significantly reduced the adverse effects of thermal bridging throughout buildings, and which can significantly reduce build costs. Jason has led the development and promotion of SIMS by Quinn, a modern method of construction which combines the benefits of Quinn Lite thermal blocks, thin joint technology and an NSAI certified external insulation system. This rapid build method of construction contains all the tools required for a fabric first approach, the smart way the achieve the nZEB standard.
Seminar Description: Shane will deliver a presentation covering what Ulster Bank can offer on self build mortgages to customers.
Speaker Profile: With over 20 years in the financial services industry, he started his career with IIB Home loans and has worked for various brokers since, bringing with him a wealth of experience in mortgage lending Shane is an approved product advisor (QFA) with the LIA and holds a degree in Management from UCD. Email – email@example.com Call – 0874359299
Company Profie: Hercuglás Teronta is Irelands leading specialist in heating, hot water, and ventilation solutions. We design, supply, and commission global market-leading products and technology in your home or business. We provide a personal service supplying the best bespoke products available which have been tested and proven under Irish conditions and have been specifically sourced by Hercuglás for their quality, reliability, and efficiency.
Seminar Title: Ventilation products that are a new weapon in the fight against COVID 19.
Seminar Description: When it comes to COVID-19, the latest evidence overwhelmingly supports airborne/aerosol transmission. This problem is especially acute in indoor or enclosed environments, particularly those that are crowded and have inadequate ventilation relative to the number of occupants and extended exposure periods. Hercuglas Teoranta are introducing four new air purification products, three of which have hospital-grade sterilisation, that are inexpensive, simple to fit and operate and perfect for the home or business whether newbuild or refurbishment.
Speaker Profile: Kevin has over 20 years of sales experience in Construction, Energy, and Renewables. Areas of expertise include, Heat Pumps, Biomass Boilers, Solar PV, and Ventilation.
Company Profile: Photonomi Group is a world leading nanoscience and semiconductor intellectual property (IP) ecosystem in FEW Science Technologies, (Food, Energy & Water). Our company’s develop breakthrough technology applications to help solve future FEW resource and sustainability challenges. Headquartered in Jersey in the Channel Islands, Photonomi has offices around the world, including the mudP1E labs in Ireland, Uk and Germany. We operate with a strong social responsibility mandate in our investments. Our social objectives and our commercial objectives are equally as important.
Seminar Title: The challenges of delivering nZEB into a retrofit project.
Seminar Description: As we move to carbon free living by 2050, we are left with a significant legacy of existing buildings which will need to achieve an nZEB standards at some point. There are many ways that this can be achieved but some of the best ways are not obvious. We will look at Earth House, Ireland’s And Europe’s best energy rated home, converted from an concrete block E1 rated home to a super nZEB – A1 rated home without even touching the windows, walls or doors.
Speaker Profile: John is an Electronic Engineering and Applied Finance graduate, and a serial entrepreneur in disruptive technology start ups having founded and had significant leadership roles in over 10 Blue Chip start ups over the last 25 years. He has been recognized by the Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in 2002, the UK Business Innovation Awards in 2011, several International Innovation Awards in Semiconductor and Nanotechnology from 2003 to 2011 and shortlisted for five International “Innovation of the Year” awards in 2014/2015. In the early 90’s, he established world semiconductor nanotech benchmarks for the fabrication of CD-ROM, DVD & Blu-Ray & was technology lead for the conversion of Microsoft from floppy disc to CD-ROM for the release of Windows 95.
He worked for lengthy periods abroad, including Germany, the Far East, and the United States. With past Senior Leadership roles in some of the most successful semiconductor companies such as British Telecom, Hitachi-Maxell Europe, PIONEER Japan, JVC Europe, KAO Corp Japan, Oerlikon GmbH, Unaxis USA, he brings substantial strategic Technology and Innovation Executive Leadership to the Photonomi Group. He also sits on numerous policy, technical and governmental boards on Business & Innovation and is a regular guest speaker on Entrepreneurship.