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To help you navigate through the maze of building or improving your home, you will need some expert advice. At the Daikin and Selfbuild theatres, we’ve gathered leading authorities in their fields to walk you through what it takes to successfully build, renovate or extend your home.

The experts

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, country kitchen without a range cooker at the heart of it. However, with modern homes being better insulated and more airtight than ever before, accommodating a traditional, high-output range cooker will frequently prove problematic. This seminar provides an overview of modern, range cooking technologies. It’s designed to help you choose the perfect range cooker and appropriate cooking technology for your home, whilst simultaneously minimising energy costs and emissions.

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 INFO
Talk Title: 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.

Gerard Duffy

Ochsner Heat pumps
Gerard Duffy

Ochsner Heat pumps

ABOUT
Mr Duffy designs energy efficient systems using heat pump technology, these systems range in size to include Cottages, Family Homes, Office Blocks, Hotels, Schools etc. with process heat recovery in Factories and free cooling using water source systems.

TALK INFO
Talk Title: Heat Pumps deliver lower cost heating and hot water
This is a perfect opportunity to discover the benefits heat pumps offer by reducing cost to increase comfort, find out how the system saves money and which energy source suits your site. Did you know it costs £500.00 /year for heating and hot water in a 3,000sq ft house. Experience real examples of systems using Air source, Ground source, Water source including streams and lakes. heat pump is energy for life day or night.

Andrew Rennie

Kingspan Insulation
http://kingspan.com
Andrew Rennie

Kingspan Insulation

ABOUT
Andrew has worked in insulation for over 20 years. Since 2011 he has been working for Kingspan Insulation promoting solutions for both New Build and Retrofit Projects.

TALK INFO
Talk Title: Fabric First approach to Compliance
The seminar will stress the importance of adopting a fabric first approach to you new build or retrofit project. It will outline solutions for wall, floor and roof elements to both comply and reach NZEB standards.

http://kingspan.com
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 and Soft 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.

Jonathan Ward

Tegral Building Products
Jonathan Ward

Tegral Building Products

ABOUT
Jonathan Ward is an Area Sales Manager for Tegral Building Products, covering the three counties of Antrim, Armagh and Down. He has been involved in different sectors of the building industry for the past 20 years and has extensive knowledge of the critical factors when roofing your home.

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

James Smyth

First Stop Solution NI Ltd
James Smyth

First Stop Solution NI Ltd

ABOUT
In financial services for 7 years, deal with most types of mortgages. Mortgage adviser and company director at First Stop Solution NI Ltd.Broker team covering Northern Ireland

TALK INFO
Talk Title: Self build Mortgages
What to expect when it comes To a self build mortgage

Stephen Blakely

Blakely Interiors

ABOUT
Stephen Blakely is the creative director at Blakely Interiors. He has over 25 years of experience in residential and commercial Interior Design. Stephen considers his clients taste, personality and lifestyle in every project. He hosts an extensive library of knowledge and ensures every option is considered before the design and build of a project is confirmed. Stephen thrives on the completion of new builds and refurbishment projects of all scales and sizes. He believes the relationship built with every client is the key to his happy and successful business.

TALK INFO
Talk Title: Important points to consider when designing your new build!
Learn from our experts:
- Room Design
- Furniture Placement
- Colour Flow
- Kitchen Design
- Window Dressing
- Flooring
- Home Accessories

Ronan McKee

FmK Architecture Ltd
Ronan McKee

FmK Architecture Ltd

ABOUT
Stephen Blakely is the creative director at Blakely Interiors. He has over 25 years of experience in residential and commercial Interior Design. Stephen considers his clients taste, personality and lifestyle in every project. He hosts an extensive library of knowledge and ensures every option is considered before the design and build of a project is confirmed. Stephen thrives on the completion of new builds and refurbishment projects of all scales and sizes. He believes the relationship built with every client is the key to his happy and successful business.

TALK INFO
Talk Title: 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.

Ryan Daly

Daly Renewable Energy Systems
Ryan Daly

Daly Renewable Energy Systems

ABOUT
Ryan Daly is Managing Director of Daly Renewables, a Lisburn based Company established in 2010. Having qualified in 2004 with a BEng Hons in Environmental Engineering, Ryan has a wealth of knowledge in the sector with hundreds of system installations completed to date.

TALK INFO
Talk Title: Choosing a Heating, Ventilation & Renewable System based on Budget and House Type
During the Seminar we will discuss how self builders should prioritise their budget when opting how to heat and power their new home. Heat Pump Vs Oil, Solar PV or MHRV - we will discuss the merits of each and how your architect can help integrate these in the home.

Harvey Moffatt

Co-Design Interiors
Harvey Moffatt

Co-Design Interiors

ABOUT
Harvey is a nationally recognised designer based in Belfast. He runs Co-Design Interiors & has been involved in the industry for 20+ years. Harvey has been shortlisted for the National award of Kitchen Designer of the Year before. He first started his career as a Designer, then went on to Installation Manager, then Manager, then General Manager of a kitchen company. During the property boom he was looking after designs for New Build Developments before starting his own Company. Recently Co-Design has installed it's 1st kitchen in Australia.
In addition to running Co-Design, Harvey chairs the Federation of Small Businesses in Belfast and sits on the Board of The Chartered Institute of Housing in NI.

TALK INFO
Talk Title: Design Your Perfect Kitchen
This seminar will cover the sort of questions a designer will ask about your project and the things to consider such as:
*the different styles of kitchens
*features
*trends
*gadgets,
and further examples, which will be shown on screen throughout the talk.
A Q+A at the end is the perfect opportunity to ask those questions that have been on your mind.

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 INFO
Talk Title: 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.

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 info
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.

Gillian Love

Neptune

ABOUT
Graduated from Bath Spa University with contemporary art and business.
- Started working for Neptune last year.
- Previously worked in interiors but always had an interest in kitchens.

TALK INFO
Talk Title: 5 most common Kitchen design questions
Visitors will learn about the product in detail and how the team at Neptune Belfast can help them design their dream kitchen.

Gavin McGuire

Federation of Master Builders
Gavin McGuire

Federation of Master Builders

ABOUT
REGIONAL director for FMB working for 25 years within the industry to raise standards and quality

TALK INFO
Talk Title: How do you find a good builder?
Importance of research and the steps a client can take to avoid probl

Emma Stewart

Lightsource

ABOUT
6 year experience as lighting consultant
Trained by Lighting Industry Association (holds certificates for Lighting Fundamentals, Light Sources and Luminaires, and Lighting Design)
Worked with top interior designers in London on prestigious homes, hotels and hospitality projects
Writes stories and runs in spare time

TALK INFO
Talk Title: How to light your new home
What is good lighting?
Different types of lighting
What key areas to light
Advice on money saving (both energy and cost)
Overview of latest technologies
Inspiration on lighting trends and styles

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.

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