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Listen to the experts in the Selfbuild Theatre, 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…

Friday

  • Offsite Innovations and Thermal bridging Solutions Ciaràn McAliskey · The Keystone Group
    11.00 - 11.45
  • Why Build a Low-Energy/Passive Home over a Basic Home Ronan Mc Kee · FMK Architecture
    11.45 - 12.30
  • Priorities for a Self Build Eric Davison · Reinco
    12.30 - 13.15
  • LUNCH
    13.15 - 13.45
  • Your Roof - Getting It Right! Jonathan Ward · Tegral
    13.45 - 14.30
  • Polar Energi Norway Adam Lyness · Aircon Heat
    14.30 - 15.15
  • 9 Interior Design Secrets; to transform your house into a home! Stephen Blakely · Blakely Interiors
    15.15 - 16.00

Saturday

  • Spray Foam Insulation for an energy efficient home Gerry Sheridan · GMS Insulations
    11.00 - 11.45
  • Future Proof Your Home George Mc Stravick · GMS Intelligent Systems
    11.45 - 12.30
  • Fire and the built Environment Michael Neill · SIG
    12.30 - 13.15
  • LUNCH
    13.15 - 13.45
  • Offsite Innovations and Thermal bridging Solutions Ciaràn McAliskey · The Keystone Group
    13.45 - 14.30
  • Why Build a Low-Energy/Passive Home over a Basic Home Ronan Mc Kee · FMK Architecture
    14.30 - 15.15
  • Priorities for a Self Build Eric Davison · Reinco
    15.15 - 16.00

Sunday

  • Your Roof - Getting It Right! Jonathan Ward · Tegral
    11.00 - 11.45
  • Polar Energi Norway Adam Lyness · Aircon Heat
    11.45 - 12.30
  • 9 Interior Design Secrets; to transform your house into a home! Stephen Blakely · Blakely Interiors
    12.30 - 13.15
  • LUNCH
    13.15 - 13.45
  • Spray Foam Insulation for an energy efficient home Gerry Sheridan · GMS Insulations
    13.45 - 14.30
  • Future Proof Your Home George Mc Stravick · GMS Intelligent Systems
    14.30 - 15.15
  • Fire and the built Environment Michael Neill · SIG
    15.15 - 16.00
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Speakers

See below the experts who will be speaking at Selfbuild Live Belfast

Eric Davidson

Reinco
Eric Davidson

Reinco

ABOUT:
Eric Davidson has a background in insulation, airtightness and renewables. Eleven 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 one thousand 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: Priorities for a Self Build.
Eric has consulted on over 1000 unique projects for over 1000 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.

Gerry Sheridan

GMS Insulations Ltd
Gerry Sheridan

GMS Insulations Ltd

ABOUT:
Having over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, Gerry Sheridan is the Managing Director of GMS Insulations who are the distributors for Icynene in Ireland and the UK.

Talk: Spray Foam Insulation for an energy efficient home
An introduction to spray foam insulation as a residential application for energy efficiency and superior air-tightness, Icynene Spray foam which is 31 years on the market and has operated in Ireland since 2004 provides this informative presentation.

Jonathan Ward

Tegral Building Products
Jonathan Ward

Tegral Building Products

ABOUT
Jonathan has been an Area Sales Manager with Tegral Building Products for six years. He looks after the Northern region including counties Antrim, Armagh and Down. He has extensive experience and knowledge of both the roofing and overall construction industry, having worked in these areas for over 20 years. Jonathan has previously been a Builders Merchant manager and has worked in many areas of the building industry before joining the Tegral team.

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 you get a roof that not only looks great, but will be long lasting, durable and strong – give you and your family peace of mind. You will come away from this seminar confident about what to ask your roofer / builder and will know what the steps are to roofing your dream home. You will have a better understanding also of budget considerations and hopefully you will gain

George McStravick

GMS Intelligent Systems
George McStravick

GMS Intelligent Systems

ABOUT:
My name is George McStravick, proprietor of GMS Intelligent Systems. We have been audio visual integrators for the last 10 years now.We specialise in the design and integration of home technology & automation. We offer a bespoke tailored package to our clients, which includes the design, schematic drawing, installation, programming and commission through to final handover. This incorporates a basic training session to our already user friendly systems.

TALK: Future Proof Your Home
The Visitors will be given an insight into the importance of future proofing their homes. The presentation focuses mainly on how and when to install the structured cabling, required to embrace the multitude of smart technologies. It emphasises the huge benefits to be gained from this modern day way of living. The presentation also identifies the latest technologies available to the visitors.

Ronan McKee

FmK Architecture Ltd
Ronan McKee

FmK Architecture Ltd

ABOUT
Ronan McKee: Co-founder of FmK Architecture Ltd in 2009 & FmK ECOHomes in 2012.
Certified Passive House Designer in 2013 &
Certified Passive House Tradesperson in 2018.
Ronan is a specialist in Air-Tightness & Thermal detailing, and also specialises in PPS21 & Planning as well as Agri-Planning Applications.
FmK is one of the leading Low-Energy Architectural Practices in Northern Ireland, specialising in Low-Cost/Low-Energy ECO Architecture & Sustainable Designs and with a wide range of projects such as;
New Sites, Planning Permission & PPS21, Small & Large Extensions, Whole House Renovations & ECO-Upgrades, Bespoke Homes & Design & Build Homes, Full On-Site Supervision & Project Management

TALK: Why Build a Low-Energy/Passive Home over a Basic Home
The main differences between a basic regulation home and a low-energy or passive home.
The huge benefits of building, owning & living in a low-energy/passive home.
The process of designing/planning your low-energy/passive home.
The fuel-cost savings by living in a low-energy/passive home.
The build-cost comparisons between a basic home & a low-energy/passive home.
How to change your plans to a low-energy/passive home.
Building/Delivering a low-energy/passive home on-site; Construction Quality-Assurance.

Ciaran McAliskey

Keystone Group
Ciaran McAliskey

Keystone Group

ABOUT:
Specification Executive for the Keystone Group and Sales Manager for Isle of Man.  Been with the company for the past 9 years in various roles but past 4 years in current role.  Former graduate of Queen’s University Belfast.

TALK: Offsite Innovations and Thermal bridging Solutions.
Visitors will learn about innovative products which can be designed bespoke to their requirements and produced offsite to create striking features for their build.  They will also learn about energy saving solutions which can reduce thermal bridging and improve the energy efficiency of the building fabric.

Michael Neill

SIG Ireland
Michael Neill

SIG Ireland

About:
Over 40 years experience in the construction industry with focused expertise in the fields of fire and thermal insulation. After 7 years with a major global insulation manufacture as Ireland Technical Manager currently holding the role of National Technical Manager for the SIG Group of companies in Ireland for the last 12 years

Talk: Fire and the built Environment
To improve the awareness of Passive Fire Protection and the understanding Passive Fire Protection In all aspects of passive fire protection, including the role of fire doors, frames and fire seals; door hardware and fire ducts and dampers; structural fire protection; compartment wall penetrations and fire-stopping. What to look for in relation to passive fire protection. What is understood by a "non-combustible " product in terms of European and BS standards. To increase awareness of those working within the fabric of the building to ensure compartmentalization and structural fire safety is not compromised during and after works have been carried out.

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