Introducing the High Performance Building Alliance (HPBA) Board, where dedication meets expertise in the pursuit of a sustainable future. As stewards of change in the built environment, our board members are not just passionate; they are driven by a shared commitment to combatting climate change through innovation and excellence.

Our collective mission transcends mere advocacy; it embodies a profound belief in the power of high-performance building practices to shape a more resilient and environmentally conscious world. As we convene to navigate the complexities of our ever-evolving landscape, the HPBA Board stands steadfast in its commitment to driving tangible progress towards a sustainable future.

Cllr. Garry Laffan

Position: Wexford County Council Counsellor
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Cllr. Garry Laffan is an elected member of Wexford County Council and Chair of the High Performance Building Alliance Board. As an All-Ireland hurling medal holder with the victorious 1996 Wexford team and a former member of the Defence Forces, Garry was first elected to Wexford County Council in 2019 and went on to become the Mayor in 2021. As a former member of the Defence Forces, Garry qualified as a Carpenter/Joiner and subsequently completed a BSc in Energy Management (Buildings) 2016 in Carlow Institute of Technology (Wexford Campus). Garry has a keen understanding of the apprenticeship and further education landscape. Garry brings a raft of skills, excellent leadership and passion to the board.

Cllr. Garry Laffan

Wexford County Council Counsellor

Cllr. Garry Laffan is an elected member of Wexford County...

Liz Hore

Position: Director of Services at Wexford County Council
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Liz Hore is Director of Services at Wexford County Council with responsibility for Economic Development, Tourism, Property Management, Planning and the Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District. Liz graduated from University College Dublin with an honours BA degree in Economics and Geography and a Masters in Development Studies. Liz commenced her career in Zambia with the Department of Foreign Affairs, before taking up the position of Manager of the EU funded Social Inclusion Partnership Company in Kilkenny. Following her work in the local development sector she entered local government and has over 20 years experience in economic and social development, tourism and housing and a particular interest in sustainability. Liz is currently chair of the US-SE Ireland Regional Enterprise project Tradebridge and was a founding member of the High Performance Building Alliance. Liz is passionate about people and places and enjoys reading, travel and walking the many scenic routes of Wexford.

Liz Hore

Director of Services at Wexford County Council

Liz Hore is Director of Services at Wexford County Council...

Pascal Harte

Position: Senior lecturer at the South East Technological University Carlow Campus
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Pascal Harte is a Senior Lecturer at the South East Technological University, Carlow Campus. Pascal lectures in the School of Engineering, Department of the Built Environment and Extended Campus, specialising in Construction Technology/Management, nZEB, Passive House and Renewable Energy/Energy Management. With over 20 years industry experience from Tradesman to Senior Project Manager, on multi million Euro projects and as a lecturer, Pascal has been involved in developing both Level 7 and Level 8 Degree courses in the Energy, Construction and Architectural Technology disciplines. Pascal was also part of the team that developed the nZEB upskilling modules for the Construction Industry.  Pascal is presently a member of The HPBA Research sub-group, which aims to facilitate and oversee research activities that contribute to advancing high-performance building technologies, sustainability, and innovation. As a member of the High-Performance Building Alliance since its inception, Pascal brings both industry and educational experience to the board.

Pascal Harte

Senior lecturer at the South East Technological University Carlow Campus

Pascal Harte is a Senior Lecturer at the South East...

Carolyne Godkin

Position: Director of Services for Wexford County Council
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Carolyne Godkin is Director of Services for Wexford County Council with responsibility for Housing, Community, Libraries, Arts, Emergency Services and Environment & Climate Change. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from UCD and a Master of Business in Management & Organisation from the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Dublin.

Carolyne began her career as a management consultant, specialising in marketing and strategy and from 2003 has held a variety of positions with South Dublin and Wexford County Councils. Her principal area of expertise is business development spanning project feasibility and management, financing, and stakeholder engagement. In her current role, she manages a range of Council services, driving strategy formation and service delivery.

Under the Environment & Climate Change remit, Carolyne has led the establishment of a cross-departmental Climate Action Team within Wexford County Council; helping to achieve and maintain the ISO5001 Energy Management standard for the Council as well as supporting the organisation on its journey towards improving energy efficiency by 50% by 2030. Under the Governments Climate Action Plan, Wexford County Council will also lead by example on climate action by reducing organisation related greenhouse gas emissions by 51% by 2030 and becoming climate neutral no later than 2050.

Carolyne Godkin

Director of Services for Wexford County Council

Carolyne Godkin is Director of Services for Wexford County Council...

John Fingleton

Position: Home Performance Index Technical Officer IGBC
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John Fingleton works in the Irish Green Building Council and manages the Home Performacne Index. His background is in architecture, low energy design and sustainability. He joined the IGBC in 2019 and has managed all aspects of the development of the Home Performance Index Certification programme from development and review of the certification to implementation. Using his technical experience, he coordinates and manages the HPI certification program and ensures alignment to both national regulations and EU CEN standards. He also leads the HPI technical task force to ensure transparency, impartiality and dynamic alignment with the EU Taxonomy. John has contributed to the following EU projects H2020 BUILDUpon2, H2020 SMARTER Finance for Families, H2020 Turnkey and H2020BUSLeague.

John Fingleton

Home Performance Index Technical Officer IGBC

John Fingleton works in the Irish Green Building Council and...

Breege Cosgrave

Position: Head of Economic Development at Wexford County Council
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Breege Cosgrave, is the Head of Economic Development at Wexford County Council. With an MSc in Business Practice, international qualifications, and over 30 years of experience, Breege is dedicated to fostering a thriving economy in County Wexford. Passionate about sustainable growth and development across diverse sectors, Breege brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the HPBA Board.

Breege Cosgrave

Head of Economic Development at Wexford County Council

Breege Cosgrave, is the Head of Economic Development at Wexford...

PJ Ryan

Position: Head of ESG, Construction Industry Federation
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PJ supports the development of policy and associated services for the CIF’s membership to enable them to address the critical pillars of ESG and corporate sustainability obligations and develop their business strategies, plans and actions. PJ has worked in a sustainability role since 2008, mainly in the M&E sector as a consulting engineer, where he has managed teams responsible for sustainability, modelling compliance with building energy regulations and third-party rating schemes such as LEED, BREEAM & WELL. Before joining CIF, he worked with Bechtel and the daa on embedding the daa’s mandatory sustainable requirements in the capital infrastructure projects for Dublin Airport, and in helping to map out their route to 2030 and net zero. He is a Chartered Engineer with the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CEng MCIBSE) and a Registered Consulting Engineer (RConsEI) with the Association of Consulting Engineers Ireland (ACEI).

PJ Ryan

Head of ESG, Construction Industry Federation

PJ supports the development of policy and associated services for...

David Morrissey

Position: Assistant Head of Department for Architecture and Built Environment
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David is a Chartered Construction Manager with the CIOB, and Chartered Building Engineer & Fellow of CABE, holding a 1st class honours Degree in Construction Management & Engineering from SETU Waterford 2009, and 1st Class Honours Master’s Degree in IT in AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) from UCC 2010. David is the Assistant Head of Department for Architecture & the Built Environment in SETU Waterford and is a current Part Time PhD Candidate in Loughborough University, UK, researching the Impact of Digital Technologies on Complex Offsite Construction Hospital Projects. David is a Board member of the HPBA and also contributes to the Research Sub-Group.

David Morrissey

Assistant Head of Department for Architecture and Built Environment

David is a Chartered Construction Manager with the CIOB, and...

Tomás O’ Leary

Position: Co-founder of MosArt
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Tomás O’Leary has extensive experience in the planning, construction and quality assurance of Passive House and NZEB (nearly zero energy buildings). He is a co-founder of MosArt (1993) providing Architectural, Sustainability and Education services in the realm of high-performance buildings. MosArt is one of the leading multi-disciplinary firms in the world consulting on Passive House, playing a lead role on large and complex residential and commercial buildings in Ireland, UK and North America. He designed, built and lives in the first certified Passive House in the English-speaking world (2004) and has educated 1,000’s of Certified Passive House Designers internationally.

Tomás O’ Leary

Co-founder of MosArt

Tomás O’Leary has extensive experience in the planning, construction and...

Michael O’ Brien

Position: the Innovation and Development Manager for WWETB
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Michael O Brien is the Innovation and Development Manager for Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board. In 1989, he graduated with a BSC from UCC followed by a H Dip Ed in 1990. In 2010, Michael graduated with a MEd(Sc) from UCC.

Michael is working with WWETB since graduating and has served many roles including as a Teacher of Physics, Science and Mathematics, WWETB Education Officer, WWETB Director of Schools and as WWETB Further Education and Training Manager.

Michael has many years of experience in the field of Curriculum Development having served on the Physics Curriculum Development Committee (NCCA), Board for Senior Cycle. From 2012 until 2015, Michael served on the Board of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment(NCCA) from 2012 to 2015.

Michael continues to take a leading role in the development and delivery of training programmes for NZEB, ventilation, retrofit and has spoken at many conferences including, most recently to the UNECE Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency.

Michael O’ Brien

the Innovation and Development Manager for WWETB

Michael O Brien is the Innovation and Development Manager for...

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