25th March 2021 - Virtual Summit

The IHBA House Building Summit 2021

25th March 2021

Virtual Summit

About The Housebuilding Summit 2021

In many countries, both across Europe and beyond, the lack of good-quality affordable housing is a pressing problem. We are all too aware of the issue in Ireland. It is especially acute for those households that don’t qualify for social housing but cannot secure the necessary mortgage to meet market rates. The gravity of this problem has seen the intermediate housing segment climb up both the political and investment agendas.

The IHBA’s one-day Virtual Summit will explore how we accelerate the delivery of affordable homes. It is now time for action. We will be asking can we deliver affordable homes for all in the coming decade and if so how do we achieve it? The Summit will provide a national platform for all key stakeholders to meet, engage and mobilise in order to redefine the role of housing in today’s Ireland.

Our interactive and information-packed agenda will examine the critical issues facing the homebuilding sector.


Topics will include:

  • The latest policy developments including the new shared equity scheme
  • State of the market and economic outlook post-Covid and post-Brexit
  • Closing the affordability gap: How much state and how much market?
  • Best practice from Europe and beyond in promoting housing affordability
  • Innovative thinking on construction and financing
  • How can land policy be used to improve housing affordability?
  • Who is to blame for high housing costs? It’s more complicated than you think…
  • Reforming national planning processes, guidelines and density requirements
  • Productivity case study: Can a water-tight home be built in a day?
  • Infrastructure and water infrastructure
  • International case studies and best practice


Who will attend?

  • Builders
  • Contractors
  • Developers
  • Planners
  • Building design professionals
  • Building Engineers
  • Surveyors
  • Architects
  • Policy-makers and regulatory bodies
  • Suppliers to the construction sector


Organisations that have attended our previous construction events:

ABB, ABM Design & Build, AIB bank, Arthur Cox, Anthony Neville Homes, Ardmac,Astra Construction Services, Autodesk, Ballymore Properties, Balfour Beatty, BAMContractors, Bank of Ireland, Beauchamps Solicitors, BP Developments, Byrne Wallace, Canadian Embassy, CapCon Engineering, Cardinal Capital, Castlethorn Construction, Clancy Construction, Cleary and Doyle Construction, Clúid Housing,Collen Construction, Co-operative Housing Ireland, Cork County Council, Cushman & Wakefield, DAA, Davy, Deloitte, Dept. Education and Skills, Dept. Housing, Planning and Local Government, DIT, DPS Engineering, Sherry Fitzgerald, Dublin City Council, Duggan Bros. Ltd, Durkan Residential, Earlsfort Centre Development, Engineers Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, ESB Networks, EY, Fingal County Council, Gannon Homes, Gas Networks Ireland, House2Home Retrofit Ltd, Hooke & MacDonald, Hill International, Irish Green Building Council, John Paul Construction, John Sisk & Son, Jones Engineering, Kelland Homes, Kilsaran Concrete, Kingspan, Kirby Group Engineering, Lidl Ireland, Limerick 2030, Mace, Manley Construction, Matheson, McCann Fitzgerald, Mercury Engineering, Mott MacDonald, Musgraves, NAMA, NTMA, Neville Homes Ltd, O’Flynn Construction, Phillip Lee, Punch Consulting Engineers, Roadbridge, Roadstone, RPS, RSM, Sammon Contracting, SIAC Construction, Sligo IT, Ulster Bank, Walls Construction, WIT, WK Nowlan Real Estate Advisors, Wyse Property.

The Virtual Summit Experience


To adapt to the current environment and the growing demand for delegates to enjoy the conference experience in an online manner, The IHBA House Building Summit 2021 will come to you as a  virtual event.

While our delegates will join in from the comfort of their homes and offices across Ireland and around the world, the event itself will be broadcast live from our dedicated studio in Dublin. Many of our speakers and panellists will appear live on stage, while our international keynotes and participants will be video-conferenced in to join the conversation.

Delegates will have the opportunity to step into the unique virtual summit environment, which includes access to the main virtual conference stage for the full day, live speaker & panel Q&A sessions, a virtual exhibition hall, copies of presentations & content post-event, as well as the opportunity to network, connect and chat with fellow online attendees, speakers and partners in real time.

Virtual attendance will be easily facilitated by our specially customised conferencing platform and dedicated AV team.

Benefits of virtual attendance include:


  • Access to Virtual Main Stage for all keynotes, presentations and debates
  • Video content of the latest industry innovation and best practices
  • Opportunities to meet 100’s of attendees virtually, and set up meetings and conversations
  • Online virtual exhibition hall
  • Meet the industry using our matchmaking and profiling facilities
  • Copy of attendee list post-event
  • Copy of all presentations post-event
Read below to see what some of our past attendees have to say about us:

David Lawlor

O’Flynn Group

It was a pleasure attending and contributing to the summit. I felt the overall tone and content of the conference resonated particularly well with the current situation in the market and looked to tackle real and pressing issues.  

John Egan


Well done to all at iQuest for your organisation/hosting of a really engaging event”.

Annette Hughes

Director, EY-DKM Economic Advisory Services

I thought it was an excellent event with great keynote speakers.

Kathy O’Leary

SHE Manager, BAM Contractors Ltd

Well done to all for an interesting and diverse conference. I’m missing the coffee and chat but hopefully next year we can catch up in person.


Our Tickets and Pricing

Single tickets and multi-ticket bundles available

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Our Sponsors

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For sponsorship opportunities contact:

Wayne Leitch

Head of Sponsorship Sales/ Conferences and Events

Mob: +353 86 8575144

Email: [email protected]

Contact Us

This summit is organised by iQuest Ltd in partnership with the Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA). If you have any questions, requests, or require assistance with your booking, please feel free to contact me:

Jackie Bryan

Conference Facilitator

Tel: +353 87 055 7913

Email: [email protected]

Who are iQuest?

iQuest is a leading Irish conference and exhibition company formed in 2001. Their goal is to create superior quality events on the issues that matter most to Irish business and government. For more information visit

Who are IHBA?

The IHBA provides house builders and developers with the information and knowledge required to operate successfully in today’s complex, fast-changing and increasingly challenging regulatory and business environment.

With the ever changing landscape of the Irish construction industry in mind the CIF, through the IHBA provides a broad range of services designed to support companies engaged in the development and housing sectors, to all members that interface with the statutory planning system and building control systems.