The Perfect AIRTIGHT ‘SEAL’ Seminar Tour 2018

ecological build systems

Optimum Energy Efficiency, Freedom from Structural Damage and Healthy Living within UK Construction.

BELFAST – Tuesday 6th November 2018

VENUE: Titanic Belfast,
1 Olympic Way, Queens Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, BT3 9EP


09.00 Registration & Refreshments
09:30 Opening address
paul McAlister Paul McAlister
Chairman, Passive House Association of Ireland (PHAI)

Paul McAlister qualified as a chartered Architect in 1997, opened his own practice in 2002 and has established this practice as a leader in the field of sustainable and energy efficient architectural design. The practice has won multiple awards and continues to promote best practice in sustainable and responsible architectural design and construction. In 2010 Paul became the first person in Northern Ireland to become a Certified Passive House Designer. He is responsible for Northern Ireland’s first, Architect designed, Passive house becoming an advocate and early adopter of the standard. The practice’s most ground-breaking building is the 1.8 million CREST (Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Technologies) award winning building in Enniskillen.

09.40 The value of tested products, principles, standards and safety in British construction
The role of the BBA and developments in regulatory guidance, standards and specifications.
Jon Denyer Jon Denyer
Senior Scientist, Technical Excellence Team, BBA
  Jon Denyer is a physicist with over 30 years’ experience in the assessment and evaluation of construction products and systems and their compliance with national building regulations, in particular thermal insulation products and systems. He is active in a number of UK and European standardisation committees responsible for specification and design standards in the area of thermal and hygrothermal performance of construction products, systems and buildings. Currently part of the BBA’s Technical Excellence Team the UK’s leading Certification body for construction products and systems, he is engaged in developing technical excellence across the company and supporting technical decisions.
10.10 The Airtightness Challenge – from specification to site
Ensuring an airtightness specification and ensuring it is executed on site.
Niall Crosson Niall Crosson (Eng.Sc. BTech, MIEI, CEPHC) 
Group Technical Manager, Ecological Building Systems
  Niall holds a degree as a Bachelor of Technology (1st class Hons.) and a Masters Eng. Sc. He is also a Certified Passivhaus Consultant. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Irish Green Building Council and provides guidance on a number of national standard committees. He has provided guidance to many awards winning low energy projects in Ireland and the UK. He has also co- authored and authored chapters for a number of low energy building publications including The Passivhaus Handbook and The Passivhaus Designers Manual. Niall also provides regular technical contributions to a number of construction publications including The Journal of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland
10.40 What is Intelligent Airtightness?
The role of intelligent airtight membranes in protecting buildings against mould and structural damage.
Michael Foerster Michael Foerster
Engineer Head of Applications Technology, pro clima
  Michael Foerster has been lead technical engineer with pro clima for more than 10 years. He provides input to various technical and standards committees with a particular focus on air and windtightness membranes, tapes and durable sealing solutions. Michael has also published a number of building physics technical papers for pro clima. He combines practical construction applications with extensive specialist knowledge with a focus on cost-effectiveness. He is Head of Applications Technology and Quality Assurance at pro clima, and also has civil engineering and business administration qualification. Michael is also a qualified carpenter.
11.10 Refreshments & Practical Airtightness Installation Demonstration by Roman Szypura
Roman Roman Szypura
  Born in Germany, Roman undertook a 3 year apprenticeship as a joiner; he then worked for various companies as a carpenter, joiner, airtightness and insulation installer before becoming a freelance craftsman. His primary focus has always been on airtightness, natural insulation (mainly cellulose) and healthy energy efficient building. He moved to Sligo, in 2007 and founded Clíoma House Ltd which provides a full consultancy for Timberframe Passive Houses and installation service for airtightness and natural insulation. He has achieved airtightness results as low as an N50 of 0.087ACH.
11:30 Maximise energy performance and reduce condensation risk The role of vapour permeable roofing membranes in maximising thermal performance and reducing condensation risk.
Jon Denyer Jon Denyer Senior Scientist, Technical Excellence Team, BBA
12.00 To stick or not to stick? How long will airtightness tapes last and how do they take into account the climate conditions on site in the UK.
Michael Foerster Michael Foerster
Engineer Head of Applications Technology, pro clima
12.30 Lunch & Practical Airtightness Installation Demonstration by Roman Szypura
13:30 Building Kudos: An Intelligent Approach to Low Energy Building
The presentation will focus on the benefits of employing Intelligent airtightness vapour checks for low energy building, increasing the safety against condensation risk in timber frame buildings.
Neil Orr Neil Orr
Managing Director, Kudos

Neil Orr is steeped in the construction sector. Qualifying from UUJ, Belfast, Neil started off his career as a Quantity Surveyor in private practice. However, a desire to follow his father footsteps drew him back to the family construction company started by his parents now over 50 years ago. In 1996, Neil took hold of the baton and moved the company to begin to use timber frame as it’s construction method. With a desire and drive to do things better he started another company in 2001 to manufacture timber frames. That company has been at the forefront of the timber frame house building scene in Northern Ireland since. He is extremely passionate about what he does and how combining timber frame with breathability measures can achieve sustainable, energy efficient buildings.

14.00 What is Hydrosafe Technology and what does it mean for construction in the UK?
An introduction to ‘Hydrosafe’ Technology in membranes and how pro clima INTELLO increases safety against condensation and moisture within the building envelope.
Michael Foerster Michael Foerster
Engineer Head of Applications Technology, pro clima
14:30 Putting People First
Airtightness & Indoor Air Quality – Improving airtightness and maintaining a healthy indoor living environment
Niall Crosson Niall Crosson (M.Eng.Sc. BTech, MIEI, CEPHC)
Group Technical Manager, Ecological Building Systems
15:00 Refreshments & Practical Airtightness Installation Demonstration
15:20 What lies beneath?
An analysis of the weather tightness and durability of aged roofing membranes
Michael Foerster Michael Foerster
Engineer Head of Applications Technology, pro clima
15.50 Round Table Discussion
paul McAlister Paul McAlister
Chairman, Passive House Association of Ireland (PHAI)
16:30 Close


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