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The Irish Green Building Council is hosting a Zero Carbon and circularity conference: “Build Green Now 2023”– Dublin, Friday 12th May (9am – 2.30pm)  at The Gibson Hotel Point Square, North Dock, Dublin 1


Build Green Now 2023

At the Build Green Now conference, panellists will explore solutions to decarbonise Ireland’s built environment across its whole life cycle, looking at operational and embodied carbon emissions, and the role of circularity.

Highlights of the day will include:

Keynote speech by Audrey Nugent – Director of Global Advocacy, World Green Building Council on the proposed revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)

Panels discussions with national and international industry leaders on decarbonising Ireland’s building stock and transitioning to circular business models.


Build Green Now 2023 Conference Speakers

Janet Lynch, Chartered Engineer and Circular Economy Lead, Arup Europe

Janet Lynch specialises in built environment decarbonisation and leads teams across Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany. She chairs the NSAI Technical Committee, Circular Economy in the Construction Sector and her projects include the TII Circular Economy Plan, Crossrail and the London 2012 Olympics.

Neil Menzies, Director of Sustainability, Hibernia Real Estate Group

With almost 15 years’ experience working in the area of sustainability, Neil Menzies has responsibility for managing the sustainability efforts across Hibernia’s €1.2bn property portfolio, all of which is in Dublin. This includes ownership of the Sustainability Strategy and ensuring its delivery, managing the Environmental, Social & Governance (“ESG”) reporting against globally recognised ESG standards and benchmarks, developing all ESG-related communications and stakeholder engagement and researching and planning for future ESG trends and regulations.

Charles Mitchell, Senior Quantity Surveying Technical Advisor to the Office of Government Procurement and a Government observer to the Agreed Rules of Measurement (ARM) Committee.

Charles Mitchell is a Fellow of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) with in excess of 20 years’ experience within the construction sector. Previously a member of the (SCSI) Quantity Surveying professional group, Charles was involved in numerous working groups including the mechanical and electrical working groups and is currently a representative to the Standard Setting Committee of the International Cost Management Standards (ICMS) which provides reporting standards for Capital Expenditure, Operational Expenditure and Embodied Carbon in Construction. Charles was also a lecturer in TU Dublin, specialising in quantification and costing of construction project, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR)

Warren Phelan, Programme Manager, Circular Economy Programme, EPA

Warren Phelan is a chartered civil engineer and chartered waste manager and spent over 20 years working in the waste and resources industry before joining the EPA in 2022. The agency’s Circular Economy programme covers a wide range of activities under pillars of advocacy and evidence, innovation and demonstration, regulation and partnerships.  Programme activities include waste data, characterisation, green public procurement, circular economy partnerships. food waste prevention, circular construction, national hazardous waste management plan, end of waste and by-product decision-making.  Warren chairs the National Data Network Group, National Hazardous Waste Plan Working Group and is the EPA’s representative on the Construction Sector Group Sustainability Consultative Committee.

Stephen Barrett, Whole Life Carbon Lead, Irish Green Building Council.

Stephen Barrett is working on Level(s), the EU initiative to promote a common language around the environmental performance of buildings, and the WGBC #BuildingLife campaign set up to drive change in public policy and private sector awareness of WLC. He has an MSc in Sustainability & Adaptation in the Built Environment – his thesis focused on Life Cycle Analysis methodology and application and WLC assessment at the building level. His background is in data management, analysis and presentation.

Audrey Nugent, Director, Global Advocacy, World Green Building Council

Audrey Nugent leads the World GBC’s advocacy and policy work, collaborating with Green Building Councils around the world to champion ambitious and innovative public policies that drive the systemic change needed in the built environment. Currently, Audrey’s work is focused on elevating the profile of the built environment at COP27, and working with the global network of Green Building Councils to develop common policy principles needed to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Joe Jack Williams, Associate and Researcher, FCB Studios

Joe Jack Williams, alongside Ian Taylor, leads environmental research for FCB Studios, identifying, developing and enabling research across sectors and projects. He is a certified Passivhaus consultant. He led the development of FCBSCarbon, a tool which estimates the whole life carbon of a building to inform design decisions prior to detailed design. He has taught at a number of universities in the UK, including Oxford Brookes, UCL, UWE, University of Bath, and London Met, and is part of core research groups within Architects Declare, CIBSE and LETI.

John Casey, Managing Director, CORA

John Casey qualified in 1991 from University College Dublin where he studied Civil Engineering. He became a chartered engineer in 1998 and he has practised as a consulting engineer specialising in building structures in Dublin since graduating. Over this period, he worked with numerous different clients, architects, design teams and contractors on many exciting and varied projects.

Susan Vickers, National Sustainability Manager, Clúid Housing.

Susan Vickers is responsible for the co-creation and implementation of Clúid’s Greening/Sustainability Strategy across the organisation. This involves advising the business, leading initiatives, and developing programmes to drive environmental improvements and sustainable development across the organization, with climate mitigation and climate action key considerations to deliver sustainable climate resilient housing and low carbon culture in all aspects of procurement, maintenance and operation of housing stock. This work is leading the environmental aspects of the ESG strategy for the organisation.

Philippa King, Regional Waste Management Office

Philippa King has overall responsibility for managing the Regional Waste Management Office and managing the development and implementation of the “National Waste Management Plan for a  Circular Economy including the Strategic Environmental Assessment and Appropriate Assessment. Philippa represents the southern region on national committees and national working groups.

Book tickets for  Build Green Now 2023 Conference

Tickets are available at Standard Rate (€150), Ealy Bird (€120) and Member ticket (€90).

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