Circular Economy Conversations – Construction and Demolition

Circular Economy Conversations

As the National Centre for the Circular Economy, the Rediscovery Centre runs a series of Circular Economy Conversations. These events focus on raising awareness and fostering discussions on different aspects of the circular economy. Previous Circular Economy Conversations focused on circular Fashion, Construction & Demolition, and sustainable Hempcrete construction.

Circular Economy Conversation – 31st January 2020
Hempcrete Seminar and Workshop


The Rediscovery Centre, the National Centre for the Circular Economy, in association with the Hemp Cooperative of Ireland, hosted a unique Circular Economy Conversation on Hempcrete Construction. Hempcrete is an alternative to traditional concrete and it has a lower carbon footprint with excellent insulation efficiency. It is a combination of hemp shiv, lime and water that is mixed into a pulp, compacted into a timber frame and allowed to dry. The result is an environmental friendly, bio-composite building material that will provide efficient insulation to any building.

The event attracted architects, builders, engineers, built environment professionals and self-build home owners from all over Ireland. The programme included presentations, discussions, workshops and hands-on demonstrations on hempcrete and highlighted its role in the future of circular construction.


Prof. Tom Woolley, Architect and environmental consultant

Rachel Bevan, Lead designer of Rachel Bevan Architects

Rosanne Walker, Post doctorate researcher and building conservation consultant

Ronan McDermott, Director and hempcrete consultant, Hempbuild Sustainable Products Ltd.

Gavin Creech, Kilwaughter Minerals Ltd.

Declan Darcy, Carpenter, Hempcrete builder and Qualified Raw Vegan Chef

Ashlene Ross, Homeowner


Circular Economy Conversation – 11th July 2019
Construction & Demolition

Circular Economy Conversations – Construction and 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


Circular Economy Conversation – 26th April 2019

  Carrie Ann Moran - Rediscover Fashion

Hosted by: The Rediscovery Centre & Eastern Midlands Waste Region

The Rediscovery Centre, the National Centre for the Circular Economy, hosted Ireland’s first Circular Fashion Conference on the 26th of April 2019. This innovative conference brought together designers, suppliers, retailers and makers to discuss how Ireland can move towards fashion circularity.

At this conference attendees heard from Irish and international speakers that inspired changes to the Irish fashion industry. It looked at how the fashion industry can design out waste, pollution and keep materials in use rather than be sent to landfill.


Safia Minney MBE, Founder People Tree

Dr Dorothy Maxwell, Sustainability Director, Brown Thomas and Arnotts, Selfridges Group, Ireland

Carrie Ann Moran, Rediscover Fashion

Vikki Brennan, CEO, Proudly Made in Africa

Joanne Rourke, Resource Efficiency Officer, Eastern-Midlands Waste Regional Office

Jonna Haeggblom, Head of Marketing and Communication, Circular Fashion

Courtney Smith, Fashion Stylist

Aisling Byrne, Founder, The Nu Wardrobe


Circular Economy Conversation – 21st April 2018
Designs for Life

Jeanne Moore and Jim Gannon

Hosted by: The Rediscovery Centre

For the Designs for Life: The Circular Economy in Action conference, the Rediscovery Centre invited policy-makers, thought leaders and innovators from across Europe to demonstrate how policy and action are working together to establish circular principles as the new frontier for innovation and economic development.


Ken Webster, Head of Innovation, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland

Jim Gannon, Chief Executive, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)

Dr Sarah Miller, Chief Executive, The Rediscovery Centre and Project Manager (WISER LIFE)

Prof Anna Davies, Professor of Geography, Environment and Society, Trinity College Dublin

Pavlos Doikos, Environmental Coordinator for EU LIFE Programme

Dr. Jeanne Moore, Policy Analyst, National Economic and Social Council

Sarah Clear, Education Manager, The Rediscovery Centre

Derek McGarry, Head of Innovation and Engagement, National College of Art and Design (NCAD)

Dr Joanne Rourke, Resource Efficiency Officer, Eastern-Midlands Waste Region

Aideen O’Hora, Director of Sustainable Business, Sustainable Nation

Dr Shane Colgan, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Darragh Lynch, Rediscovery Centre Architect, Darragh Lynch Architects