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EBI24 Conference Programme

  1. Sponsored by: HLM Architects

    HLM Architects

  2. Sponsored by: Mason Hayes & Curran LLP


  3. Sponsored by: Cronin Architects

    Cronin Architects

  4. Stage 1

    University Decarbonisation Lessons from the Netherlands

    Designing for Decarbonisation in Higher Education Buildings

  5. Stage 1
    Modern methods of construction (MMC) are an increasingly important feature of the construction landscape in Ireland.  The Department of Education’s modular programme for accelerated delivery of school places is part of this. A combination of factors, including demographic growth, the need to align school place provision with housing developments, increased demand for Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision means that significant levels of additional school accommodation are required within tight timeframes.
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    Presentations and discussion relating to the evolving school building programmes and designs in response to the Department of Education’s Large Scale Capital Programme and Pipeline of delivery.

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    How all students can thrive together in a beneficial way across the educational continuum once the approach and delivery follow a universal design approach. This will be demonstrated through the Universal Design in Education (UDE) framework with practical examples on how this is being implemented both in Ireland and across Europe. There will also be discussion how design, creativity and innovation need to be integrated into the educational programs and how this is being advanced at a national level.
  11. Stage 1
    Lowering Embodied Carbon: Re-purposing & Modern Methods of Construction (MMC)
  12. Stage 1

    This panel discussion will explore the importance of high quality and innovative design in today’s school building context.  The panel will showcase two recently completed schools in different parts of the country, reviewed from the perspective of both a lead architect and school principal.  The panel will also reflect on the opportunities for high quality design, shared learning, efficiencies, and innovation in the context of a programmatic delivery approach.   

  13. Stage 2

    Creative designs for large scale, multi storey special schools that challenge the traditional typology of single storey buildings on greenfield sites. Through intense collaboration with stakeholders and thoughtful design, these projects create purpose designed, inclusive school environments that challenge and inspire the learning experience.

  14. Stage 2

    This session will outline the work done in University College Dublin to embed access and inclusion into all aspects of the student experience including the built campus. UCD has pioneered the University for All approach which includes a close partnership between UCD Access & Lifelong Learning and UCD Estates who manage the built infrastructure. This session will outline the Universal Design approach for both new and existing campus spaces, infrastructure and buildings. 


  15. Stage 2

    This session will showcase the creative use and adaptation of existing school accommodation for SEN and inclusive schools for all. A series of architectural projects or varying scales, across primary, post primary and special education that demonstrate successful expansion, retrofit and reuse of existing accommodation to enhance existing school facilities, across all design stages will be presented. 

    An Occupational Therapist from the National Council for Special Education will present guidance on Sensory Spaces in Schools, exploring minimal interventions required to create sensory spaces in schools, to enhance and promote the health and wellbeing of pupils and to create a culture where sensory space and strategies are used to support students’ participation and learning.

  16. Stage 2

    In this session, the policy advice published in January 24 by the NCSE, entitled “An Inclusive education for an Inclusive society” will be presented. The policy paper recommends the phased development of the progressive realisation of an inclusive education system for Ireland. It is envisaged that this system will be informed by, and aligned to, the relevant articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which Ireland ratified in 2018.

    Two aspirational recent projects will be presented that create inclusive education campuses in Ireland and Wales. These projects deliver inspiring new schools with modern and flexible facilities, aspects of which will be enhanced significantly through co-location and sharing resources. The campus approach will also facilitate connectivity and integration between mainstream, special needs schools and the local community.

    We will discuss how this particular system of inclusive schools will cater for all, delivering on the goals of the policy advice. In this shared campus context, we will consider how an inclusive system can foster a greater understanding of difference and perspectives, build greater empathy amongst young people, and help develop a more inclusive society.

  17. Stage 2

    Designing a Building to meet a Growing University’s Needs for Active Learning

    Heart and Mind, Places for Wellbeing and Learning

  18. Stage 2

    Education for Sustainable Developments within the Technological University of Shannon

    Kinsale Campus Cork College of FET – From Little Acorns, Irelands First Sustainable Public Building

  19. Stage 3

    How Modern Methods of Construction Can Transform Education Projects

    How to Deliver Lower Embodied Carbon

  20. Stage 3

    Schools play a vital role within the development of sustainable communities.  The panel will explore what this means for strategic planning and policy, as well as the delivery and ongoing role of school infrastructure. The panel will include perspectives from the Department of Education and Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, from a principal leading a new school in a developing community, and from Scottish Futures Trust on the Scottish experience of joined-up investment for impact. 

  21. Stage 3

    How to Start Your Retrofit Journey

  22. Stage 3

    This session includes a review of the Department of Education’s School Design Guidance and a new ‘Vision’ for inspiring educational environments. This includes the curriculum changes and new approaches to education which influence the design of schools. Also, a presentation on school design guidance in the UK and an approach to the design of educational environments there.

  23. Stage 3

    Empowering Educational Spaces, Remote Monitoring for Sustainable School Buildings

    Beyond Co2 Rethinking Air Quality in Classrooms

  24. Stage 3

    This fast-paced session will see contributors sharing at a high-level examples of real delivery solutions. These solutions range from full deep retrofit to trajectory solutions that place schools on their decarbonisation journey such as hybrid delivery solutions, off-site manufactured decarbonisation plantroom solutions and renewable district heating solutions. This session will also focus a spotlight with working examples on the importance of digitalisation and data in decarbonisation delivery including the digital delivery of the School PV Programme, the use of BIM in Pathfinder delivery and the School Energy Inventory Programme.

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