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Advice Talks 2020

Advice Talks 2020

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.

Andrew Rennie

Kingspan Insulation
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: Tomorrows Solutions Today
nZEB and Beyond

http://kingspan.com

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 18 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: 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.

Stephen Blakely

Blakely Interiors
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 career.

 

Talk: 9 Interior Design Secrets; to transform your house into a home!
Learn from our experts:
- Key elements when planning
- Avoid "magnolia-itis"
- Be practical with space and layout
- Be colour confident
- Strike at the heart of the home
- Lighting
- Its all about you...

Martin Mallon

Armatile
Martin Mallon

Armatile

About:
Martin is the Marketing Manager with the award winning tile company Armatile.
Armatile was founded in 1975 and 45 years later has grown in to one of the industry's largest tile retailers, distributors, contractors and manufacturers.
With over 15 years in the industry Martin has a strong product knowledge and works closely with Armatile's wide range of residential and commercial customers to provide then with the best products, technical information and advice.

Talk: 20mm Porcelain Paving – Features & Benefits for Garden and Landscaping Projects
Key Learning Outcomes;
What are the practical Features & Benefits of 20mm porcelain paving.
Why you should use 20mm porcelain paving and where can it be installed.
The variety of style available and the opportunities they create to extend your home into stunning outside living spaces.

Richard Sloan

SONAS Bathrooms
Richard Sloan

SONAS Bathrooms

About:
Richard Sloan is Managing Director of SONAS Bathrooms, Ireland's leading distributor and bathroom brand.  Richard and his team provide bathroom product solutions for use in Selfbuild and bathroom renovations, Residential Developments and Commercial Projects.

Talk: Planning your Bathroom Project
Things to consider when planning a bathroom project, average cost, contingency, typical layouts what products are trending.

Scott McMurray

Epitome Living
Scott McMurray

Epitome Living

About:
With a background in audiovisual systems and bespoke software development, Scott went on to found Epitome Living Ltd in early 2017. Offering truly smart solutions for clients is our main objective at Epitome Living.
With offerings such as smart lighting & heating control, whole-house WiFi and audiovisual systems, we work directly with homeowners as well as architects and other associated trades.

Talk: Creating a Truly Smart Home
"Smart Home" is a phrase we hear a lot these days but what does it mean, really?
With so many options out there, it's hard to tell sometimes what is beneficial, and what is just the latest gadget for us to keep up with. When building, it's crucial to remember that any technology decisions made now will affect our entire time living in the home.
If you've ever wondered how to plan for the future, where to install network cable, when to consult a technology professional, or wondered how your house can work for you, this is the seminar to attend.

Francis Magee

Viltra
Francis Magee

Viltra

About:
Francis is a Qualified Engineer with a BEng (Hons) in Environmental Engineering. He has over 14 years experience in the wastewater industry working on both domestic and industrial schemes. His current position involves site assessing, NIEA consent to discharge applications, consultancy and technical sales.

Talk: Domestic Sewage Treatment
The importance of the consent to discharge application process and how it could affect your mortgage payments
Design considerations when choosing the wastewater treatment option suitable for your site
The importance of ongoing service and maintenance

Brian Flynn

4Front Building Products
Brian Flynn

4Front Building Products

About:
Brian Flynn, a 4Front Technical Manager, is a qualified building surveyor. He has been involved in construction for over 20 years. The majority of that time has been spent specialising in roofing waterproofing systems.

Talk: Avoiding the pitfalls in flat roofing
More than 50 years of life expectancy is only one of many benefits of flat roofing systems. In the talk, our experts from 4Front Building Products and Resitrix will focus on flat roof designs including warm and cold decks. We will outline the main criteria of flat roof, aesthetics, price and durability. Thermal and sound insulation, and ventilation will be explained as a part of an airtight construction. Find out how to make flat roofs for domestic or commercial projects warm and watertight. Last but not least, our experts will talk more about warranties, regular flat roof maintenance and why it is essential to choose approved installers.

Stewart Orton

Resitrix UK
Stewart Orton

Resitrix UK

About:
For 46 years Stewart has been involved in construction. For the last 38 he has specialised in roofing. The introduction of Resitrix into the UK saw Stewart attend the first of the Resitrix training sessions in Germany at the manufacturer’s factory.
From then until now he has both installed, managed, and worked with the manufacturers to develop systems of installation. Stewart is always active and can often be seen on site demonstrating and explaining fitting methods. He conducts all the membrane training to roofing companies at the Carlisle training academy in the UK. And also conducts CPD seminars for architects throughout the UK and the Island of Ireland and recently in Iceland. At time most old roofers would be cutting back on workload Stewart is busier than ever.

Talk: Avoiding the pitfalls in flat roofing
More than 50 years of life expectancy is only one of many benefits of flat roofing systems. In the talk, our experts from 4Front Building Products and Resitrix will focus on flat roof designs including warm and cold decks. We will outline the main criteria of flat roof, aesthetics, price and durability. Thermal and sound insulation, and ventilation will be explained as a part of an airtight construction. Find out how to make flat roofs for domestic or commercial projects warm and watertight. Last but not least, our experts will talk more about warranties, regular flat roof maintenance and why it is essential to choose approved installers.