Circular Economy Conversations – Construction and Demolition

Circular Economy Conversations

The Rediscovery Centre launched its first in a series of Circular Economy Conversations. These events will focus on raising awareness and fostering discussions on different aspects of the circular economy. Our first Circular Economy Conversation took place on the 11th of July on Construction and Demolition.

First Circular Economy Conversation – 11th July 2019
Construction & Demolition

Hosted by: The Rediscovery Centre & the Environmental Protection Agency
Rediscovery Centre – The National Centre for the Circular Economy

On the 11th July the first Circular Economy Conversation focused on Construction and Demolition, with an in depth look at its impact on the world today and the sector’s role in a transition to a circular-oriented society. These discussions were led by preeminent thinkers and professionals in the field and offered attendees a chance to learn from and converse with those on the forefront of this important issue. Topics included sustainable design & demolition, the usage of sustainable construction materials, and an overview of current initiatives in circularity within the Construction and Demolition industry.

Presentations from this event

Setting the Scene: National Waste Prevention Programme
Ann Marie Donlon, Manager, Environmental Protection Agency

Opportunities to Embed Circularity into the Construction Supply Chain
Mark Kelly, Department of Building & Civil Engineering, GMIT

Circular Economy Practice and Opportunities in the Built Environment
Marion Jammet, Business Development Manager, Irish Green Building Council

Bio-based Healthy Materials for Construction
Tom Woolley, Architect & Environmental Consultant, Rachel Bevan Architects

Industrial Space Reuse & Showcase
Robert Davys, Director, ABK Architects

Keynote: Building Revolutions: Applying the Circular Economy to Buildings
David Cheshire, Regional Director, AECOM



David Cheshire

David Cheshire, Regional Director at AECOM

David Cheshire is a Regional Director at AECOM, specialising in sustainability in the built environment. David has over twenty years’ experience acting as a sustainability champion on construction projects and has written best practice industry guidance. David is the author of Building Revolutions, a RIBA Publications book that explains how to apply the circular economy to the built environment. The hierarchy proposed in David’s book is referenced in the latest London Plan consultation

Tom Wolley

Tom Woolley, Architect and environmental consultant

Tom Woolley is an architect and environmental consultant working for Rachel Bevan Architects in County Down. He was Professor of Architecture at Queens University Belfast from 1991-2007 and has been a visiting professor at several other Universities in the UK and Sweden. He is currently a visiting professor at Anglia Ruskin University.

Tom was chairman of the NI Building Regulations Advisory Committee and a member of the NI Ministerial Advisory Group for Architecture. He has recently worked as an environmental consultant in Dublin, Cape Town and Chile.

Tom has written several books including Hemp Lime Construction, Low Impact Building, Building Materials, Health and Indoor Air Quality. He will have a new book out later in 2019 entitled Thermal Insulation Materials for Building Applications: The Complete Guide.

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Marion Jammet, Green Building Council

Marion is Business Development Manager at the Irish Green Building Council – IGBC. The IGBC was set up in 2011 to promote sustainable building in Ireland and is now Ireland’s leading authority on green building best practices with a network of over 140-member organisations. Marion’s working background is in policy development and stakeholder engagement. Marion holds a MA in European Affairs from Sciences-Po Strasbourg and a MSc in environmental sustainability from UCD.

Mark Kelly GMIT
Mark Kelly, Lecturer, Building and Civil Engineering, GMIT

Dr. Mark Kelly is a lecturer in the Department of Building and Civil Engineering in the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). He has been actively involved in construction-related research over the past 19 years, leading several funded projects focusing on construction and demolition waste management, resource efficiency, the circular economy and building information modelling.

Ann Marie Donlon, Environmental Protection Agency

Ann Marie Donlon manages the Green Enterprise funding programme as part of the EPA led National Waste Prevention Programme. Construction & Demolition is a priority area for the National Waste Prevention Programme and a key focus of the programme is to work with the Construction & Demolition sector to build Irelands Circular Economy capacity. She is an environmental scientist and has worked with the EPA since 2000.