See the Light 2007, organised by Sustainable Energy Ireland's Renewable Energy Information Office (SEI REIO) in association with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, will take place at Croke Park, Dublin on Wednesday 31 October 2007.
A small revolution is building-up in the design and construction of houses. Today, the passive house concept is capturing the imagination of the Irish public and a few visionary entrepreneurs have taken the lead in making it happen. SEI's Renewable Energy Information Office (REIO) - with its mission to promote innovation in the field of sustainable energy - is at the forefront of a movement that has brought about a fundamental rethink in the way we design, construct and operate buildings.
Over the years, Ireland has faced - and continues to deal with - rising energy costs and the environmental consequences that come from traditional energy sources. As we move forward, it is becoming clear that building 'green' has evolved and is fast becoming the preferred choice - providing high quality, high efficiency, dynamic and cost-effective solutions for consumers and businesses.
The passive house is the ultimate low-energy building and, as far as buildings are concerned, the European Commission is set on implementing the passive house standard and also on setting more stringent requirements for the refurbishment of existing buildings.
See the Light 2007 will be dedicated to the Passive House Standard, with leading Irish and European experts - including Dr Wolfgang Feist, the founder of the Passive House Institute - speaking and sharing their expertise and experience.
Delegates attending this showcase conference will be offered a rare and in-depth understanding of the key principles and techniques in developing the ultimate low-energy building and will learn how renewable energy can be used cost-effectively to provide healthy and ecological buildings here in Ireland.
Highlights of the conference - which is CPD accredited - include the launch of 'Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Passive Houses in Ireland'.
The conference will be of particular interest to the Building Industry, Architects, Engineers, Consultants, Developers and Installers, Local Authority Planners & Engineers, Agenda 21 Officers, Housing and Building Departments, Housing Associations, Universities & Research Organisations, Government Departments and NGO's concerned with environmental, housing and energy issues, etc.
Delegates will be provided with a unique forum - including an opportunity to network with technology experts who lead the movement here and abroad.