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Towards Net Zero Awards
Towards Net Zero Ireland Champions 2022

A capacity attendance of leading construction, architecture, engineering and representatives were present in the Minerva Suite, RDS, Dublin, recently for the presentation of the inaugural Towards NetZero Ireland awards.

The Towards NetZero Ireland Awards were devised to help drive the netzero concept and to acknowledge and support those showing leadership in the netzero arena during this transitionary stage. The scale of the net zero challenge is undeniably daunting, but the number and quality of the submissions entered for the awards demonstrate that the construction sector in Ireland is 100% committed to the net-zero objective. It also confirmed that all disciplines within the sector, be it architecture, building services engineering and actual construction, are fully aware of the role they each have to play and of the need for them to work together to achieve net zero status. All the winning entries demonstrated this holistic approach.

Towards NetZero Ireland categories

There were six categories in all –

  • Retrofit
  • Commercial Building
  • Public Building
  • Design Practice
  • Housing
  • Net-Zero Champion


Award winners

Commercial Building

The Commercial Building category recognises projects that provide high-quality workplace environments while pursuing net-zero strategies that ensure a reduction in energy use and carbon emissions, thereby impacting the effects of our everyday work practices.

Award Winner: SB Offices, Commercial Block, BDP

Highly commended: Wren Urban Nest Hotel, BDP

Commended: Gas Networks Ireland Services Centre, Denis Byrne Architects

Award Sponsor: Soprema


Public Building

The Public Building category recognises projects commissioned by public or semi-public bodies and agencies that demonstrate a civic function and are accessible to all.

Award Winner: Donegal Town Garda Station, Rhatigan Architects

Award Sponsor: Reynaers Aluminium


Design Practice

The Design Practice category recognises the design team that pushes the principles of sustainable design throughout their work, whether in pursuing new research, exploring contemporary innovations, or leading in best practice.

Award Winner: Donegal Town Garda Station Rhatigan Architects

Award Sponsor: Forbo Flooring Systems


Retrofit of a Building

The Retrofit of a Building category recognises projects which bring underutilised existing building stock back into contemporary use, achieving a more sustainable built environment through the re-use of extant properties and significantly improving their energy performance.

Award Winner: The Willows, Peter Nickels Architects

Highly commended: Dockline (New Century House refurb, IFSC), Axiseng

Award Sponsor: Ecological Building Systems

Kingspan PowerPanel

Net-Zero Champion

The Net-Zero Champion category recognises an individual member of a design or contracting team who has demonstrated exceptional commitment and understanding in the application of net-zero strategies, either with regard to a particular project or across their work as a whole.

Net Zero Champion 2022: Tomás O’Leary, MosArt

Highly commended: Jason Smith, Lawler Sustainability

Award Sponsor: Kingspan


Housing Development

The Housing Development category recognises multi-unit residential projects that aim to reimagine the sustainable credentials of the typical Irish suburban housing estate or apartment scheme – a type of development often associated with promoting carbon-intensive lifestyles but which also holds a significant capacity for change and innovation.

Award Winner: Highfield Park, DTA Architects

Highly commended: Kilbride Court, COADY Architects

Commended: Jameson Heights, ClearyDoyle

Award Sponsor: Irish Construction News/ Constructionnws.ie


Towards Net Zero Awards Judging Panel

The judging panel for the Towards NetZero Ireland Awards 2022 were

  • Paul Martin, Programme Manager for Technical Standards Development, SEAI and former Chairman of CIBSE Ireland.
  • Michael Curran, CIBSE Ireland Chairman and Head of Building Services, Energy and Utilities at NUI Galway.
  • Mona Duff, Senior Manager, International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).
  • John Macken, Associate Director, O’Mahony Pike Architects


Organised by Acclaim Events Ltd, there was strong industry support. Category sponsors included Ecological Building Systems, Forbo, Kingspan Panels, Reynaers Aluminium and Soprema, while media sponsors were Irish Construction News, Architecture Ireland and Building Services Engineering.

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