• May 22
  • 1.00pm - 2.00pm

Information Webinar: RIAI 2030 Climate Challenge: Where to Start?

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Wednesday 22 May 2024
1.00pm - 2.00pm

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Make sure to join this lunchtime information webinar introducing the RIAI 2030 Climate Challenge and the key targets relating to operational energy, embodied carbon, water consumption and indoor environmental quality. 

Preparatory Reading

RIAI 2030 Climate Challenge
RIAI 2030 Climate Challenge - A Domestic Clients Guide
RIAI 2030 Climate Challenge - A Non-Domestic Clients Guide
RIAI 2030 Climate Challenge - An Architect's Guide


The webinar includes a series of short presentations by RIAI members from practices of varied scales sharing their experiences and outlining how they are working towards implementing the RIAI 2030 Climate Challenge on their projects and workflows.

Roisin McCann & Martin Marshall are a brother / sister partnership, founders of Marshall McCann Architects, who specialise in contemporary, sustainable, Passive Houses. Their first house, House in the Glebe, won a RIBA Regional Design Award in 2022, and they won an RIAI Sustainability Award for Silver Bark House in 2023.

Roisin is an RIAI / RIBA architect, is a member of the RSUA Board of Directors, and is a RIBA Conservation Registrant.

Martin has both a technical and design background; is a member of the RSUA Climate Change Committee & is a Passive House Designer & Tradesperson.  His own Passive House, built in 2014, won ‘Energy Efficient House of the Year UK’.  He is currently undertaking a Level 5 Retrofit course.

Sarah O’Dwyer is an Irish architect focused on research and teaching about responding to climate change design issues. She is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader of the distance-learning "Environmental Design of Buildings" MSc in the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University and contributes to environmental, whole-life design, and Collaborative design studio teaching at TUDublin, Ireland. 

She is currently a committee member of the RIAI Sustainability Task Force, having served as Chair from 2020-2022 and Vice-Chair from 2022-2023, and a member of the RIAI Education Task Force, which is currently reviewing Irish architectural education competencies.

Patrycja Kochaniuk is the Sustainability Lead at Scott Tallon Walker Architects, where she drives the integration of sustainable practices and design approaches across all projects and with all stakeholders, reinforcing the practice’s philosophy. An architect with a passion for sustainability, Patrycja actively participates in multiple IGBC initiatives, such as the Indicate Project, Enact, Biodiversity & Built Environment Community of Practice, and Construct Innovate’s Mass Timber Group. She is also a LEED AP, BREEAM Associate, and HPI Assessor.

She is a Vice-Chair of the RIAI Sustainability Task Force and a member of the IGBC’s Building Regenerative Towns & Cities Steering Group.

Helena McElmeel is a director of Helena McElmeel Architects. She has 23 years’ experience specialising in Certified Passive House and sustainable buildings, urban design and public realm. Helena is a Certified Passive House Designer, she holds a Master of Science in Architecture: Advanced Energy and Environmental Studies (CAT / UEL) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management (Trinity College Dublin). She taught the Built Environment module in the School of Engineering in the University of Galway for over five years.

Presently, Helena is Chairperson of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland Sustainability Taskforce and a board member of the Passive House Association of Ireland. She won the RIAI 3Twenty10 Research competition for her work relating to energy retrofits and post occupancy evaluation.

Simon Keogh is a Senior Architect and Sustainability Co-Lead with COADY, currently developing COADY’s Sustainability Charter + Roadmap. As Project Architect and HPI Assessor,  Kilbride Court (40 units), obtained the first and currently only Gold Certificate under IGBC’s Home Performance Index (HPI), which received multiple national awards. The project was published as a case study in Passive House + Issue 40 IRL and is an exemplary project in WGBC’s Sustainable and Affordable Housing Report.  Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) analysis in Energy and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is the subject of an upcoming case study in Examination of Innovation/Efficiencies in the Design of Affordable Housing to be published by the Housing Agency.  

Simon is a member of the RIAI Sustainability Task Force (RIAI STF) and  the IGBC HPI National Audit Committee. He is on the RIAI / IGBC Design4Zero Technical Committee and publishes regularly on LinkedIn to support the industry.

2030 Climate Challenge Sign Up

Join the RIAI 2030 Climate Challenge here.  We welcome all signatories to the RIAI Climate Challenge and encourage your Practice to work towards the targets around operational carbon, embodied carbon and water into your projects