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Listen to the experts in our two theatres and receive great advice, ideas and inspiration for your own project. These carefully hand picked professionals will have a wealth of experience that every visitor will benefit from. On top of this we have created a packed programme covering every aspect of creating your home. See below some of the topics up for discussion plus much much more…

Theatre Experts

This years experts taking part in the 2 theatres. Click on their image to find out more info.

ALAN DONOHOE

Tegral Building Products
ALAN DONOHOE

Tegral Building Products

ABOUT
Alan Donohoe has been a Sales Manager with Tegral Building Products for the past four years. Prior to that, Alan worked in both commercial and technical sales for Tegral, which has given him vast knowledge and experience in pitched roofing solutions.

TALK INFO
Talk Title: Your Roof - Getting It Right!
Your roof is one of the most important elements when building your home – after all, it is what keeps you and your family safe from the elements. And, seated at the edge of Europe in the Atlantic, we really know all about volatile weather! This aim of this seminar is to take you through inspiration and information. For starters, we will look at the various roofing materials that are available in the market place and will outline the various features and benefits of each. As part of this we will also showcase some beautiful homes from across the country. The second part will focus on a little technical information that will be incredibly advantageous to a self-builder. We will outline the relevant slating and tiling regulations and what it means for you and your home, as well as talk you through some of the key factors to ensure

SUSAN HOGAN

Ulster Bank
SUSAN HOGAN

Ulster Bank

ABOUT
Susan is the Mortgage Manager within the Retail Banking Mobile Mortgage Team branch of Ulster Bank. She has worked with Ulster Bank for over 3 years and has extensive knowledge in mortgages and mortgage advisement.

TALK INFO
Talk Title: How to get Mortgage Ready for your Self Build
There is one key component when financing your Self Build - Preparation. With anywhere from 2-6 months prep work required BEFORE you can submit a mortgage application, we will discuss the process from conception to final drawdown. You will leave our session Mortgage Ready for your self build

STEPHEN FARR

AKOS Fires – Kernohan Distribution
STEPHEN FARR

AKOS Fires – Kernohan Distribution

ABOUT
Stephen Farr has over 2 decades’ experience in the heating industry across Ireland, specialising primarily within the stove and fire sector. With a wealth of industry experience, Stephen can help self-builders choose the ideal fire or stove for their new home.

TALK INFO
Talk Title: Fuel For Thought – Gas Fires in Modern, Irish Homes
This seminar is designed to assist self-builders in choosing the most appropriate gas fire for their home. It provides an overview of air supply requirements, fluing considerations and how to correctly size a fire. Additionally, it will take a closer look at the different designs of gas fires available today, examine how these can be successfully integrated into the design of a property from the outset and compare the relative merits of natural gas and LPG with other heating fuels.

TONY MAHON

Kernohan Distribution
TONY MAHON

Kernohan Distribution

ABOUT
Ventilation Specialist. Currently working for Kernohan Distribution. Distributing Brink MVHR & Ubbink Air Distribution.

TALK INFO
Talk Title: Ventilation in House's
Building Regs Different systems Piv, Central Extract, MVHR, passive ventilatio. How to sive a MVHR system, What to Expect. Air distribution Systems Pros & cons Commissioning.

JOHN QUINN

Photonomi Energy Ireland
JOHN QUINN

Photonomi Energy Ireland

ABOUT
John Quinn, CEO of Photonomi Global Group a.r.l., is an electronic engineering and applied finance graduate, and a serial entrepreneur in disruptive technology startups, having founded or had significant leadership roles in over ten blue-chip startups over the last 25 years. He has been recognised by the Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in 2002, the UK Business Innovation Awards in 2011, several international innovation awards in semiconductor and nanotechnology since 2003 and shortlisted for five International "Innovation of the Year" awards in 2014 and 2015. In the early 1990's, John established world semiconductor nanotech benchmarks for the fabrication of CD-ROM, DVD and Blu-Ray and was technology lead for the conversion of Microsoft from floppy disc to CD-ROM for the release of Windows 95.

TALK INFO
Talk Title: The Best Way to Achieve NZEB
A single-system installation can be less costly and complex than an approach that requires multiple fabric and legacy renewable upgrades. Solar PV and Heat Pump combos currently make up the majority of renewable solutions on new housing. However, the DEAP or SAP calculation framework, if used correctly, shows that a single-system installation can offer superior results. Using certified SEAI/SAP data on a retrofit of

DAVID BARRY

AGA Belfast
DAVID BARRY

AGA Belfast

ABOUT
David Barry has over a decade’s experience in helping Irish homeowners and householders choose the perfect range cooker for their home, representing iconic brands such as AGA, Falcon, La Cornue and Mercury. With his extensive industry background, David is ideally placed to help you choose a range that suits your cooking style, your budget and your home.

TALK INFO
Talk Title: Range Cooking In A Modern, Airtight Home
It’s difficult to imagine a traditional, Irish country kitchen without a range cooker at the heart of it. However, with modern Irish homes being better insulated and more airtight than ever before, accommodating a traditional, high-output range cooker can be problematic. This seminar provides an overview of range cooking technologies. It’s designed to help guide self-builders in choosing the perfect range cooker and appropriate cooking technology for almost any home, whilst simultaneously minimising energy costs and emissions.

PAUL MULVIHILL

Brooks Timber and Building Supplies Ltd
PAUL MULVIHILL

Brooks Timber and Building Supplies Ltd

ABOUT
Paul Mulvihill is the Purchasing Director of Brooks Timber and Building supplies Ltd with of 23 years experience in timber and timber related products.

TALK INFO
Talk Title: A overview of grading , treatment and correct specification in Self build projects.

GORDON MITCHELL

Mitchell Environmental
GORDON MITCHELL

Mitchell Environmental

ABOUT
Gordon Mitchell is the Managing Director of Mitchell Environmental. We specialise in the provision of design, build and installation of all types of waste water and surface water projects. We also provide Environmental consultancy on all aspects of waste water and process water treatment and analysis. We provide site specific designs for all types of applications from small domestic to larger commercial projects

TALK INFO
Talk Title: Waste water treatment design and installation
The importance of site specific waste water treatment and percolation design. The seminar will provide information on waste water related topics, such as Local Authority/EPA requirements as well as bespoke design for all soil types and topography. It will explain the importance of choosing the correct Sewage treatment plant and percolation design for your build.

JAMES GRACE

Grace Design
JAMES GRACE

Grace Design

ABOUT
James is owner of Grace Design, A specialist architectural wood design and build company based in Wicklow. Products/services include wood structures such as residential homes, extensions, orangeries and architectural wood features. as well as pergolas, gazebos and garden structures. His background is in natural building, conservation and bespoke carpentry using heavy beams joined in the traditional manner using mortise and tenon jointing systems. With experience in residential and commercial joinery, furniture design and international sculptural works and has also been featured in the Irish Times as a ‘pioneer of the hand-built home’.

TALK INFO
Talk Title: Irish Timber in Irish Homes-Why can't we see the Wood from our Trees?
A history of traditional timber framing globally and nationally. The surprising characteristics of Post and Beam structures. How they work and why the world is looking at heavy wood structures as the building material of choice this century. The performance of wood compared to steel and concrete in terms of strength, fire resistance and environmental impact. The benefits of wood structures to our psyche and how they affect our health. How Post and Beam structures can lower carbon levels while building aesthetically rich houses. Why fast-grown softwoods should be used to

JASON HORREX

Saint-Gobain
JASON HORREX

Saint-Gobain

ABOUT
Jason has over 10 years’ experience providing comprehensive technical support and advice to the construction industry and is now currently the Saint-Gobain Technical Academy Training Manager developing and providing training to industry professionals to promote best practice from specification to site.

TALK INFO
Talk Title: Vision for Cost Effective Quality, High Performance & Comfortable Homes
Thermal & acoustic performance plays a huge part in peoples comfort within their homes. This presentation highlights the key factors and sets out a road map to achieving them in a cost effective manner

PAUL MOLLOY

Homehaus
PAUL MOLLOY

Homehaus

ABOUT
Paul has been involved in marketing for construction, and building products in Ireland and the UK. With a focus on selfbuild and residential; having published several books under the Homehaus title he is passionate about building better and combining materials to achieve the best result for sustainability and livability.

TALK INFO
Talk Title: Architectural concrete in the home
Concrete is becoming an ever increasing finishing material in the home, from kitchen counters and exposed staircases to ornamental vases and feature walls. This seminar discusses what is possible, the benefits and considerations, as well as inspiring examples. With many homes being timber or steel frame they can lack thermal mass, by bringing architectural concrete features into the home this can be balanced, while also giving style and warmth to your home

STEPHEN BLAKELY

Blakely Interiors
STEPHEN BLAKELY

Blakely Interiors

ABOUT
Stephen Blakely has over 25 years’ experience offering Interior Design to residential and commercial spaces. He is the creative director and proprietor of a growing interior design and manufacturing team at Blakely Interiors. Stephen and his team have recently completed a major project in Dubai which has enabled the company to grow and flourish within the industry. This has enabled Blakely Interiors to export greater volumes throughout the UK and Europe. Stephen considers his clients taste, personality and lifestyle along with their practical, physical and financial needs when completing every interior fit-out job. He hosts an extensive library of knowledge to every project and ensures every option is considered before the design of a project is finalised. Stephen thrives on the overall fit-out of a new build or refurbishment project, regardless of its size. He believes a strong relationship with every client is the key to a happy, successful career.

TALK INFO
Talk Title: Top 10 Interior Design tips when planning your new home!
Important factors every new build should consider before planning. Gain confidence at the design stage that will reflect the Home of your dreams. You can’t afford to miss it!

ERIC DAVIDSON

Reinco
ERIC DAVIDSON

Reinco

ABOUT
Eric Davidson has a background in insulation, airtightness and renewables. Ten years ago Eric identified a need for truly independent advice within the New Build community. He now visits clients all over Ireland and has to date applied this knowledge and learning to over nine hundred and fifty unique projects. His advice is paid for directly and solely by the client. He sells no products and does not receive any commission for any product or tradesperson recommendation. The result – the client get a warm, comfortable, healthy home and saves money!

TALK INFO
Talk Title: Priorities for a Self Build.
Eric has consulted on over 950 unique projects for over 950 unique clients. Despite huge diversity of project size, client background, budget and ambition, he has identified four universal priorities in any build. When these are applied and adhered in the correct order they can help every New Builder achieve what they ultimately want: a very comfortable and healthy home with very low running costs for the least capital cost. Eric will share and explain each for these four priorities.

VANESSA DREW

Tobermore
VANESSA DREW

Tobermore

ABOUT
Vanessa Drew has been designing gardens for nearly 20 years and has been working with Tobermore for almost 15 of those. A keen gardener – work is her hobby! Vanessa grows her own fruit and vegetables and keeps chickens, goats and bees. She is an advocate of self-sufficiency and holds courses to teach others to do the same in addition to other topics such as gardening, maintenance and beekeeping. Vanessa also has her own farm shop selling goats milk, eggs, jams and preserves.

TALK INFO
Talk Title: Hard Landscaping – Getting the Balance Right
When designing an outdoor space, it is essential to get the balance right between hard and soft landscaping. This ensures that your garden combines practicality with year-round colour and interest. Hard landscaping includes paving, walling and steps while soft landscaping encompasses grass, trees and shrubs. This seminar will provide advice about making your garden attractive whilst ensuring it is easy to maintain.

AISLING MAC DONALD

SheepWool Insulation
AISLING MAC DONALD

SheepWool Insulation

ABOUT
Aisling Mac Donald Sales & Marketing Manager SheepWool Insulation. Aisling has been with the company over 8 years with responsibility for the SheepWool Insulation range of Insulation and Acoustic underlay products for both Ireland and the UK.

TALK INFO
Talk Title: Healthy Insulation can naturally do more
Visitors will learn about the importance of choosing breathable insulation material for both older and new homes. How moisture absorption and Air purification really impact healthy living.

CALIN TASNADI

DAIKIN Ireland
CALIN TASNADI

DAIKIN Ireland

ABOUT
Calin Tasnadi moved to Ireland fifteen years ago and for over ten years has been heavily involved in the Irish heating and renewables sector. A graduate of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Building Services Engineering, he has shown early interest in renewables technology, including this in his graduation thesis. He is currently the Residential Heating Product Manager for Daikin Ireland, driving the development of the “Heat Pumps Code of Practice – Installation Guidelines” document, working closely with SEAI, DKIT, CIT and METAC on developing a heat pump training course for the Irish market. He is committed to continuously promoting renewables technology and creating a cleaner and safer environment for the future.

TALK INFO
Energy efficient homes with DAIKIN heat pumps
-what are heat pumps, how do they work
- how can heat pumps save you money
- why are they more efficient than traditional fossil fuel systems
- what is the most suitable heating system for heat pumps i.e. underfloor heating and radiator systems
- how can you meet Building Regs. compliance with a heat pump

DAVID GALLAGHER

VELUX Co Ltd
DAVID GALLAGHER

VELUX Co Ltd

ABOUT
David Gallagher has been employed by VELUX Co Ltd since 1997. He began his career with VELUX as Technical Co-ordinator and since then he has held several positions incl. Product Manager, Technical Manager in our VELUX GB & I Head Office, Training Manager for the Irish market and is presently the Area Sales Manager for the Greater Dublin Area. David’s vast knowledge of the VELUX product range is a major asset to the Irish team and he is uses it to great effect every day in providing unrivalled expert advice and daylighting solutions across a wide range of audiences, everything from somebodies dream extension or loft conversion to large housebuilding projects.

TALK INFO
Talk title: Creating a stunning living environment by maximising the use of daylight & fresh air
When embarking on a project, such as a new build, loft conversion or extension, it is important to plan for daylight as early as possible. While vertical glazing is important, roof windows can add natural daylight to your space to areas that cannot be reached by vertical windows or bi-fold doors. Here, David Gallagher, Area Sales Manager for VELUX, will talk about creating a bright and beautiful new living space with

GAVIN MILLAR

BPC Ventilation Ltd
GAVIN MILLAR

BPC Ventilation Ltd

ABOUT
Responsible for installers covering all of the British Isles, plus larger stand alone projects and general business development.

TALK INFO
Talk title: Ventilation in the Home
Looking at the benefits of using a Mechanical Heat Recovery System as the primary means of ventilation within your home.

STEPHEN HUDSON

Permanent TSB
STEPHEN HUDSON

Permanent TSB

ABOUT
Stephen Hudson is a Territory Sales Manager at Permanent TSB managing our Territory of Portlaoise & Tullamore.  At Permanent TSB we are always looking for new and better ways to bank and Stephen and his team in Portloaise & Tullamore can talk you through our financial products and help find which ones may best suit your needs.

TALK INFO
Everything you need to know when building your home – Budget, The Build and Your Mortgage Journey

PATRICK SHEA

Oknoplast Windows & Doors
PATRICK SHEA

Oknoplast Windows & Doors

ABOUT
Patrick has many years experience in the construction industry. He has worked for multi national construction companies such as Heiton Buckleys, SIG Roofing, Grady Joinery and Irish rope access. At present Patrick's role within Oknoplast Windows & Doors is Regional Sales Manager covering the Munster area while also managing the Cork showroom. Patrick has a great interest in the window and insulation business and is very intrigued with the way the industry has changed over the last number of years.

TALK INFO
Visitors will learn how to make an informed decision when choosing windows for their project along with what defines the broad term 'quality' in windows and what the most important features of good windows are. They also be introduced to the difference between double, triple and quadruple windows.

ANNE MARIE HAMILL

Hamilton Interiors
ANNE MARIE HAMILL

Hamilton Interiors

ABOUT
Anne Marie Hamill is one of Ireland's top Interior Designers, working on projects from self builds to hotels and restaurants etc. Her work has been featured in the Irish Independent , she has also featured on The Showhouse, My Showhouse and Roomers. The business has been up and running now 15 years. Anne marie main niche area is the self build client working all across Leinster. Project management been one of the strong aspects of the business. Hamilton Interiors also offer a full soft furnishings department creating bespoke blinds, headboards and curtains. The business also has a huge resource of tradespeople.

TALK INFO
Talk Title: Lighting your home
The seminar will focus on lighting in the home. The talk will cover various aspects such as task lighting, mood lighting, and ambient lighting. Anne Marie will also delve into her tricks of the trade divulging secrets of good lighting.

Theatre Timetables

See below the topics up for discussion by our experts and choose from 2 fully packed theatres
Friday Saturday Sunday
10.45
Waste water treatment design and installation
Gordan Mitchell
Mitchell Environmental
Ventilation in the Home
Gavin Millar
BPC Ventilation
Hard and Soft Landscaping - Getting the Balance Right
Vanessa Drew
Tobermore 
11.00
11.15
11.30
The Best Way to Achieve NZEB
John Quinn
Photonomi
Timber in Housebuilding
Paul Mulvihill
Brooks Group
An Introduction To Mechanical Ventilation
Tony Mahon
Brink MVHR – Kernohan Distribution
11.45
12.00
12.15
Choosing the right windows for your project
Patrick Shea
Oknoplast Windows & Doors
The Best Way to Achieve NZEB
John Quinn
Photonomi
Energy efficient homes with DAIKIN heat pumps
Calin Tasnadi
Daikin Ireland
12.30
12.45
13.00
Lunch
Take a break
Lunch
Take a break
Lunch
Take a break
13.15
13.30
Priorities for a Self Build
Eric Davidson
Reinco
Energy efficient homes with DAIKIN heat pumps
Calin Tasnadi
Daikin Ireland
Waste water treatment design and installation
Gordan Mitchell
Mitchell Environmental
13.45
14.00
14.15
Timber in Housebuilding
Paul Mulvihill
Brooks Group
The Self Build Mortgage Journey
Stephen Hudson
Permanent TSB
Ventilation in the Home
Gavin Millar
BPC Ventilation
14.30
14.45
15.00
Vision for Cost Effective Quality, High Performance & Comfortable Homes
Jason Horrex
Saint Gobain
Priorities for a Self Build
Eric Davidson
Reinco
Irish Timber in Irish Homes - Why can't we see the Wood from our Trees?
James Grace
Grace Design
15.15
15.30
15.45
An Introduction To Mechanical Ventilation
Tony Mahon
Brink MVHR – Kernohan Distribution
Irish Timber in Irish Homes - Why can't we see the Wood from our Trees?
James Grace
Grace Design
Vision for Cost Effective Quality, High Performance & Comfortable Homes
Jason Horrex
Saint Gobain
16.00
16.15

Friday

  • Waste water treatment design and installation
    10.45 - 11.30
  • The Best Way to Achieve NZEB
    11.30 - 12.15
  • Choosing the right windows for your project
    12.15 - 13.00
  • Lunch
    13.00 - 13.30
  • Priorities for a Self Build
    13.30 - 14.15
  • Timber in Housebuilding
    14.15 - 15.00
  • Vision for Cost Effective Quality, High Performance & Comfortable Homes
    15.00 - 15.45
  • An Introduction To Mechanical Ventilation
    15.45 - 16.30

Saturday

  • Ventilation in the Home
    10.45 - 11.30
  • Timber in Housebuilding
    11.30 - 12.15
  • The Best Way to Achieve NZEB
    12.15 - 13.00
  • Lunch
    13.00 - 13.30
  • Energy efficient homes with DAIKIN heat pumps
    13.30 - 14.15
  • The Self Build Mortgage Journey
    14.15 - 15.00
  • Priorities for a Self Build
    15.00 - 15.45
  • Irish Timber in Irish Homes - Why can't we see the Wood from our Trees?
    15.45 - 16.30

Sunday

  • Hard and Soft Landscaping - Getting the Balance Right
    10.45 - 11.30
  • An Introduction To Mechanical Ventilation
    11.30 - 12.15
  • Energy efficient homes with DAIKIN heat pumps
    12.15 - 13.00
  • Lunch
    13.00 - 13.30
  • Waste water treatment design and installation
    13.30 - 14.15
  • Ventilation in the Home
    14.15 - 15.00
  • Irish Timber in Irish Homes - Why can't we see the Wood from our Trees?
    15.00 - 15.45
  • Vision for Cost Effective Quality, High Performance & Comfortable Homes
    15.45 - 16.30
Friday Saturday Sunday
11.00
Your Roof - Getting It Right
Des White
Tegral
Healthy Insulation can naturally do more
Aisling MacDonald
Sheep Wool Insulation Ltd
Architectural concrete in the home
Paul Molloy
Homehaus
11.15
11.30
11.45
Lighting your home
Anne Marie Hamill
Hamilton Interiors
Range Cooking In A Modern, Airtight Home
David Barry
Aga Belfast
How to get mortgage ready for your Self Build
Susan Hogan
Ulster Bank
12.00
12.15
12.30
Healthy Insulation can naturally do more
Aisling MacDonald
Sheep Wool Insulation Ltd
Creating a stunning living environment by maximising the use of daylight & fresh air
David Gallagher
Velux
Range Cooking In A Modern, Airtight Home
David Barry
Aga Belfast
12.45
13.00
13.15
Lunch
Have a break
Lunch
Have a break
Lunch
Have a break
13.30
13.45
How to get mortgage ready for your Self Build
Susan Hogan
Ulster Bank
Top 10 Interior Design tips when planning your new home
Stephen Blakely
Blakely Interiors
Your Roof - Getting It Right
Des White
Tegral
14.00
14.15
14.30
Architectural concrete in the home
Paul Molloy
Homehaus
Hard and Soft Landscaping - Getting the Balance Right
Vanessa Drew
Tobermore 
Creating a stunning living environment by maximising the use of daylight & fresh air
David Gallagher
Velux
14.45
15.00
15.15
Fuel For Thought – Gas Fires in Modern, Irish Homes
Stephen Farr
AKOS Fires - Kernohan Distribution
Lighting your home
Anne Marie Hamill
Hamilton Interiors
Top 10 Interior Design tips when planning your new home
Stephen Blakely
Blakely Interiors
15.30
15.45

Friday

  • Your Roof - Getting It Right
    11.00 - 11.45
  • Lighting your home
    11.45 - 12.30
  • Healthy Insulation can naturally do more
    12.30 - 13.15
  • Lunch
    13.15 - 13.45
  • How to get mortgage ready for your Self Build
    13.45 - 14.30
  • Architectural concrete in the home
    14.30 - 15.15
  • Fuel For Thought – Gas Fires in Modern, Irish Homes
    15.15 - 16.00

Saturday

  • Healthy Insulation can naturally do more
    11.00 - 11.45
  • Range Cooking In A Modern, Airtight Home
    11.45 - 12.30
  • Creating a stunning living environment by maximising the use of daylight & fresh air
    12.30 - 13.15
  • Lunch
    13.15 - 13.45
  • Top 10 Interior Design tips when planning your new home
    13.45 - 14.30
  • Hard and Soft Landscaping - Getting the Balance Right
    14.30 - 15.15
  • Lighting your home
    15.15 - 16.00

Sunday

  • Architectural concrete in the home
    11.00 - 11.45
  • How to get mortgage ready for your Self Build
    11.45 - 12.30
  • Range Cooking In A Modern, Airtight Home
    12.30 - 13.15
  • Lunch
    13.15 - 13.45
  • Your Roof - Getting It Right
    13.45 - 14.30
  • Creating a stunning living environment by maximising the use of daylight & fresh air
    14.30 - 15.15
  • Top 10 Interior Design tips when planning your new home
    15.15 - 16.00
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