Summer 2024 Newsletter

Welcome to the HPBA Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends of HPBA,

Welcome to our Summer 2024 edition of the High Performance Building Alliance (HPBA) newsletter. We are excited to share updates on our ongoing projects, upcoming opportunities, and the latest insights into the sustainable construction industry. Thank you for being a part of our journey towards a more sustainable built environment.

Green Hub Circular and Sustainable Fit Out Underway

We are thrilled to announce that the fit out of our Green Hub is in full swing. Designed with sustainability at its core, our 5000 square foot Innovation and Enterprise Space in Senan House, Enniscorthy Technology Park, emphasises the circular economy principles of design for disassembly. Each element is procured with net-zero in mind, focusing on modularity and adaptability to extend product lifecycles. By designing for disassembly, we aim to retain the value of components at the highest level possible, effectively transforming buildings into material banks.

 

Application Process Coming Soon!

This autumn, we will be opening the application process to lease office spaces within the Green Hub. Whether you are a startup, freelancer, or small business focused on green technologies and sustainable practices, this is a unique opportunity to join a vibrant community dedicated to environmental and economic sustainability. Stay tuned for more details on our website.


Featured Articles

The High Performance Building Alliance is now a member of UNEP Global ABC!

We are delighted to announce that we have joined United Nations Environment Programme’s GlobalABC. GlobalABC is the leading global platform for governments, private sector, civil society, research, and intergovernmental organisations committed to a common vision: A zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector.

The High Performance Building Alliance will be pivotal in supporting private sector transition with priorities and strategies towards business models which are focused on decarbonising and increasing the resilience of buildings. We will identify barriers to the transition and will share best practice with our global colleagues, disseminating information through our website and social media channels.

Our first order of business was attending the GlobalABC Annual Assembly, which took place on the 19th – 20th June 2024. This provided an opportunity to learn about the hubs and working groups within the organisation and to hear about the impact of activities carried out so far. Highlights included the very successful Buildings Breakthrough at COP 29, the world’s first Buildings and Climate Conference held in Paris in March 24 and the publication of the 8th edition of the Global Status Report on Buildings. Further information on the work of GlobalABC can be found at www.globalabc.org

The Urgent Need to Address Climate Change in the Built Environment

Climate change poses significant challenges to the built environment, demanding innovative solutions to reduce carbon emissions and enhance energy efficiency. HPBA is contributing to this global effort through funding cutting-edge research and promoting high-performance building standards. We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with the Circular Bioeconomy Cluster to launch an all island innovation challenge, scouting for collaborators with circular and bioeconomy innovation, technologies and products to develop modular, adaptable and Circular Biomaterials for Sustainable and High-Performance Commercial and Residential Interiors, suitable for both for New Construction and Retrofitting. For further information on all the challenges please see Circular Bioeconomy Cluster South West (cbcsw.ie)

Tackling Skills Shortages in Sustainable Construction

The construction industry is facing a critical shortage of skilled professionals trained in sustainable building practices. The TUS and the Irish Green Building Council launched the BUSI 2030 National Upskilling Roadmap earlier this year.

According to the Build Up Skills Ireland Status Quo Analysis (June 2023) the projected requirements of upskilling of the current student population (c.26,000) and of the current workforce (c.164,000), along with reskilling new entrants (projected at 120,000 if ‘business as usual’ construction methods prevail), a considerable challenge is presented to all entities within the public sector, education providers and construction delivery sectors.

12 sector specific recommendations are designed to support the training and upskilling required to achieve climate action and housing targets. A collaborative approach across all these sectors is required to meeting built environment Climate Action Plan targets and Housing for All targets to 2030. The full report is available here

The High Performance Building Alliance supports the sector in providing relevant training and the new website has a section dedicated to training and upskilling for the Sustainable Built Environment Training – High Performance Building Alliance (hpba.ie) If you would like to add further courses please contact Amanda.stewart@hpba.ie.

HPBA Website: Your One-Stop Shop for Sustainable Construction

Our newly launched website is a comprehensive resource for anyone interested in sustainable construction. Explore information on:

  • Upskilling Opportunities: Access training programs designed to equip you with the skills needed for the green construction industry.
  • Research Insights: Stay informed with the latest research and innovations in sustainable building practices.
  • Membership Benefits: We will be launching our membership programme very soon, which is open to all businesses in the Sustainable Construction sector.

Visit us at hpba.ie to learn more and stay updated on all our activities.

Get Involved

Join us in advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the Framework for Energy Efficiency Guidelines, the Paris Climate Accord, and Ireland’s Climate Action Plan. Together, we can foster innovation, promote sustainable solutions, and build environmentally, economically, and socially vibrant communities.

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For any inquiries or to get more involved with HPBA, please contact us at Amanda.stewart@hpba.ie or call us at +353 0871232211

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to sustainability.