Brendan Halligan, Chairman, SEI said -
"Government has put in place strong policy measures - in the form of both regulations and incentives - to significantly improve the energy performance of the built environment and to meet the demanding targets which have been set. Delivering on these targets and the longer term ambition of low - or zero - carbon buildings will require an unprecedented level of mobilisation and response from the entire building industry. Today's event is a significant step in equipping the design professions, in particular, to rise to this challenge."
Seán Ó Laoire, President, RIAI said -
"Sustainable design needs to be part of normal practice in the built environment. Architects are at the forefront of delivering on this. If our commitments to preventing climate change are to be delivered on, then how we design and make our buildings is a critical factor. The RIAI, in association with SEI and the OPW, aim to build a database of best practice, so that architects can become the pathfinders, thought leaders and practitioners of sustainable design in all its aspects."
Pat Cooney, OPW commented -
"As the major provider of buildings for Government, the Office of Public Works occupies a special position in contributing to Irelandís national policy commitments on sustainable energy and CO2 abatement. Our activities in the area of sustainable design expanded in the last decade and are now at the core of our practice and professional responsibilities in construction."