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Delivering Responsible Retrofit to #ActOnClimate

As a part of the World Green Building Council’s annual campaign to deliver greener buildings; Ecological Building Systems are delighted to deliver a unique retrofit webinar, with special guests Graham Hickey from the Dublin Civic Trust and pioneering Passivhaus architect, Paul McNally, on breathable retrofit thermal solutions for World Green Building Week.

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Ideal for

  • Architects
  • Specifiers
  • Building Surveyors
  • Contractors
  • Consultants (Energy, Passivhaus)
  • Historic/Listed Building Consultants
  • Damp Specialists
  • Students
  • Anyone interested in sustainable, energy efficient building


Why #ActOnClimate? 

As the construction industry accounts for 39% of global energy-related carbon emissions and climate emergencies are being declared worldwide, the urgency of tackling the climate crisis is clear. The aim of the World Green Building Council is to encourage governments from every corner of the world to adopt policies that will:

1. Reduce embodied carbon levels in all buildings by 40% by 2030

2. Ensure all buildings will have net zero embodied carbon, and net zero operational carbon by 2050.

The recently published details of the Program for Government describing the governments Climate Action Plan and Long-term Renovation Strategy (LTRS) (submitted to the EU in March 2020) outlining the industries 2030 targets; include 500,000 residential retrofits to a BER B2 standard or better. This will lead to unprecedented growth in industry activity over the next decade and is seen as the first step towards a 2050 target of completely decarbonising the entire built environment.

The Irish National Retrofit Plan is due to be published in line with the 2021 budget and early indications are suggesting that a €35 billion investment is necessary over the coming decade to complete the enormous task at hand. This huge opportunity to improve energy efficiency will be the first step in decarbonising our building stock and should be welcomed. It is also critical to ensure that the retrofit solutions provided are durable and will not comprise the health of the building or its occupants.  Good design principles and build quality must not suffer due to unprecedented demand to retrofit. Architect Paul McNally and Graham Hickey, Conservation Director of the Dublin Civic Trust, will present a unique perspective, from both the designers and end users viewpoint on the retrofit of a number of buildings using breathable thermal solutions and finishes. 

What Happens? 

This webinar will consist of 3 sessions which investigate a selection of projects in which a range of breathable thermal solutions were employed for a number of buildings, including the sensitive thermal refurbishment of a listed building and Irelands first Passivhaus Certified Pharmacy.

Niall Crosson will be joined by special guests Graham Hickey and Paul McNally to discuss their own personal experience with retrofitting and share some of the expertise they have garnered over the years. Niall will initially outline the key steps to retrofitting older buildings with solid masonry walls, with a focus on internal wall insulation systems. Following this Paul and Graham will deliver their experiences.

Points Gained

This webinar provides 3 points towards maintaining your professional standard.


  • Introduction by Niall Crosson
  • Niall Crosson: Breathable internal insulation systems for solid masonry walls - 50 mins
  • Paul McNally: Gutex woodfibre breathable retrofit solutions case studies - 40 mins
  • Graham Hickey: The redevelopment of 18 Ormond Quay with Diasen thermal plasters and thermal refurbishment of his own home with Calsitherm Climate Board and Auro natural paints - 40 mins
  • Open questions and answers session
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