Ireland is one of three UNECE Global Centres of Excellence in High Performance Buildings, along with the iconic cities of New York and Vancouver. The ambition of the global network is to inspire others through the provision of exemplary solutions to bending the emissions curve. This can be realised through a variety of methods including policy measures, research and demonstration, case study projects and, most of all, education and training.
The key challenge is now engaging with the construction sector (the developers, designers, contractors, and operators) and communicating the urgency with which we much work. In terms of climate change, it’s already ten-past-midnight so we have no time to waste. We must inspire the accelerated adoption of green building practices and to communicate the very real threat that our local practices have global implications.
The World NZEB Forum conference is presented by NZEB Ireland and supported by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, one of the leading local authorities in Ireland in high performance building. The Forum will be held in Killiney with workshops and site visits around Dún Laoghaire. The panel of presenters confirmed for the conference include three experts from the USA, namely Lois Arena, SWA, Jenna Cramer, GBA and Richard Yancey, BE-Ex. Over 12 inspiring case studies will be presented from Ireland, North America and across the EU. A core theme of the conference will be delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with special emphasis on energy, buildings and sustainable cities.