Tuesday 28th September 2021

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Conference Overview

Energy Ireland, in partnership with Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, will hold a national conference to look at various aspects of Ireland’s deep retrofitting programme. The Programme for Government pledges to develop a new area-based and one-stop-shop approach to retrofitting to upgrade at least 500,000 homes to a B2 energy rating by 2030. Additionally, the programme has the objective of retrofitting public buildings. SEAI has been designated the National Retrofitting Delivery Body by the Government and will be the main body charged with delivering this ambitious programme which is a €5 billion national investment.

This conference will bring together all the key stakeholders involved in delivering the National Retrofitting Programme and will look at the various aspects of the programme including the financing of retrofitting and the development of the supply chain.

Who is the conference for:
  • Policy makers involved in the built environment;
  • Energy supply companies;
  • Construction companies;
  • Banks and finance sector;
  • Local authorities;
  • Housing Associations;
  • Education and training boards;
  • Insulation contractors;
  • Heat pump companies;
  • Architects and surveyors.

Confirmed Speakers

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Eamon Ryan TD
Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications
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William Walsh
Chief Executive
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
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Stuart Hobbs
Director of Energy Services
SSE Airtricity
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Paddy Sweeney
Managing Director
Retrofit Energy Ireland
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Stephen O’Connor
Managing Director
Electric Ireland Superhomes
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Orla Coyle
Programme Manager
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
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Andrew Rennie
Secretary
National Insulation Association of Ireland
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Rob Deegan
Principal Officer
Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications
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Shane Curran
Director
Interiors by SISK
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Seamus Hoyne
Dean of Flexible and Work Based Learning, Director of Industry Engagement
Limerick Institute of Technology
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Dr Ciara Ahern
Senior Lecturer
TU Dublin
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Tony Dalton
Director of Further Education and Training Services
Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board
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Brian Cassidy
Senior Executive Engineer
Cork City Council
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John Kelly
Centre Manager
Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board
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Paul O’Donnell
Director
Heat Pump Association of Ireland

Programme

09:00

Chair’s welcome and introduction

09:05

CONFERENCE PLENARY: IRELAND’S NATIONAL RETROFITTING PROGRAMME

Ministerial address

Achieving our climate ambition with the National Retrofit Programme

Eamon Ryan, TD, Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications

Retrofitting Ireland’s homes and public buildings

William Walsh, CEO, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Generation Green Home Upgrade Programme: A ‘one stop shop’ for home energy retrofits

Stuart Hobbs,Director of Energy Services, SSE Airtricity

Questions and answers / Panel discussion

10:15

Comfort break

10:45

PLENARY: SCALING UP DELIVERY TO ACHIEVE NATIONAL AMBITION

Achieving our national retrofit ambition

Rob Deegan, Principal Officer, Department of the Environment, Climate & Communications

Retrofitting Irish homes: The experience so far and the challenges ahead

Paddy Sweeney, Managing Director, Retrofit Energy Ireland

The role of local authorities in retrofitting Ireland’s homes

Brian Cassidy, Senior Executive Engineer, Cork City Council

Retrofitting Ireland’s housing stock: Saving energy and reducing emissions

Ciara Ahern, Senior Lecturer, TU Dublin

Scaling up retrofit delivery to achieve national ambition

Stephen O’Connor, Managing Director, Electric Ireland SuperHomes

Questions and answers / Panel discussion

13:00

Conference Lunch break

14:00

PLENARY: UPSKILLING AND SCALING THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Deep Retrofitting: A construction sector perspective

Shane Curran, Director, Interiors by SISK

Green skills and the National Retrofit programme

Seamus Hoyne, Dean of Flexible and Work Based Learning, Director of Industry Engagement, Limerick Institute of Technology

The Retrofitting Centre of Excellence at Laois & Offaly ETB

Tony Dalton, Director of Further Education and Training Services, Laois and Offaly ETB
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John Kelly, Manager, National Construction Training Centre, Mount Lucas

Questions and answers / Panel discussion

15:15

Comfort break

15:45

PLENARY: NON-DOMESTIC RETROFIT AND TECHNOLOGY PERSPECTIVES

Lessons learned from SEAI Public Sector Retrofit Pathfinder

Orla Coyle, Programme Manager, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Insulation for energy efficient homes

Andrew Rennie, Secretary, National Insulation Association of Ireland

The role of heat pumps in Ireland’s net carbon zero journey

Paul O’Donnell, Director, Heat Pump Association of Ireland

Questions and answers / Panel discussion

17.00

Conference close

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Conference format

The Irish Retrofitting Conference will be using an online platform that will allow speakers and delegates to follow the normal structure of a conference.
This will include:

  • Chair and speakers on screen during the session
  • Speakers will present with slides and video
  • A Q&A session with delegates being able to post questions, moderated by the chair
  • A chat facility for delegates to network and make comments
  • A ‘handout’ facility will allow delegates to receive relevant documentation
  • IT support for delegates throughout the event
  • Access to speaker presentations after the conference