Virtual Summit

March 25, 2021

ACTION ON HOUSING: CAN WE DELIVER AFFORDABLE HOMES FOR ALL IN THE DECADE AHEAD?

9:00

Welcome and opening remarks from the Chair

Jonathan Healy

Jonathan Healy

Broadcaster

9:10

Welcome from the Irish Home Builders Association

Neil Durkan

Neil Durkan

Chair, IHBA and Director, Durkan New Homes

9:20

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS:

Ireland’s new affordable housing plan

Darragh O’Brien TD

Darragh O’Brien TD

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government

9:30

Economic outlook post Covid19 and Brexit

Kieran McQuinn

Kieran McQuinn

Research Professor, Economic and Social Research Institute

9:45

Housing Market Outlook

Marian Finnegan

Marian Finnegan

Managing Director, Residential & Advisory, Sherry Fitzgerald

Closing the affordability gap

10:00

MORNING KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Delivering affordable housing at scale: Best practices from around Europe

In many cities across Europe and beyond, the lack of good-quality affordable housing is a pressing problem, particularly in the intermediate housing segment – those households that don’t qualify for social housing but cannot afford full market prices. How can barriers to intermediate housing related to land availability, pricing, stakeholder trust and engagement and financing be overcome?

Lisette Van Doorn

Lisette Van Doorn

Chief Executive, Urban Land Institute Europe

10:20

Networking break

Innovative thinking on construction and financing

10:35

INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY:

Councils getting creative on housing delivery

UK local authorities are providing housing again on a scale not seen since the early 1990’s. Why is this and how is it being achieved? We will hear how public sector housebuilding has evolved into a more dynamic and diversified activity. 

Janice Morpeth

Janice Morpeth

Visiting Professor, The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London

Ireland’s housing affordability

10:45

PANEL DISCUSSION:

What are the root causes of Ireland’s housing affordability and supply problems? And, how do we solve them?

  • Keeping prices down with government support and regulations
  • How can land policy be used to improve housing affordability?
  • Reviewing density requirements
  • Streamlining the planning process
  • Improving the cost and availability of development finance
  • Affordable solutions to allow us to reach climate goals
AnnMarie Farrelly

AnnMarie Farrelly

Chief Executive, Fingal County Council

Michael O’Flynn

Michael O’Flynn

Chairman and CEO, O'Flynn Group

Dr Rory Hearne

Dr Rory Hearne

Assistant Professor in Social Policy, Maynooth University and Author

John Coleman

John Coleman

Chief Executive, the Land Development Agency

Barry Quinlan

Barry Quinlan

Head of Housing Affordability, Inclusion and Homelessness Division, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

11:20

Insights from one of Ireland’s leading homebuilders

 

Michael Stanley

Michael Stanley

Co-Founder and CEO Cairn Homes plc

11:35

Networking break

Collaboration between the private and public sectors

11:45

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Delivering affordable homes: How much state and how much market?

Is it time to forget about ideology and identify the best way that the public and private sectors can collaborate to deliver affordable housing? Can we create effective institutions to attract and retain private actors in this sector?

Fiona Cormican

Fiona Cormican

New Business Director, Clúid Housing

Christian Schantl

Christian Schantl

Head of International Relations, City of Vienna- Wiener Wohnen

Michael Broderick

Michael Broderick

Chief Commercial Officer, Home Building Finance Ireland

Ben Denton

Ben Denton

Managing Director, L&G Affordable Homes, UK

12:20

CASE STUDY:

Cork City Council’s social housing programme

Brian Geaney

Brian Geaney

Assistant Chief Executive, Cork City Council

12:30

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Review of homebuilding around the country

Eastern Region: Patrick Durkan

Eastern Region: Patrick Durkan

CEO, D-RES Properties

Southern Region: Stephen McCarthy

Southern Region: Stephen McCarthy

Managing Director, Astra Construction

The Midlands: Dominic Doheny

The Midlands: Dominic Doheny

Joint Managing Director John Flanagan Developments Ltd, Past President, the CIF

1:05

Lunch

1:30

Welcome back from the Chair

Jonathan Healy

Jonathan Healy

Broadcaster

Planning policy, guidelines and density requirements

1:35

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Reforming national planning processes

  • Revising planning systems to improve accessibility and efficiency
  • Challenges faced when incorporating other issues beyond housing delivery, such as decarbonisation and public health, into the planning process
  • Broadening the range of outcome measurements used for assessing planning applications
  • Technological development and other forms of innovation emerging from the Covid-19 lockdown
Conor O’Connell

Conor O’Connell

Southern Region Director, CIF

Niall Cussen

Niall Cussen

Chief Executive and Planning Regulator, Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR)

John Downey

John Downey

Director, Downey Planning

Tackling the costs of construction

2:05

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Can a water-tight home be built in one day?

A project aimed at speeding up housing delivery with modern methods of construction (MMC) has found a way to build new homes that are wind- andmwater-tight within a day. The three-year Advanced Industrialised Methods for them Construction of Homes (AIMCH) project, which started 18 months ago, is trialling a range of solutions that could build homes faster. Working with some of the UK’s biggest housebuilders, the project compares new and old manufacturing methods on real building sites and the impact MMC can have on housebuilding

Stewart Dalgarno

Stewart Dalgarno

Director of Product Development, Stewart Milne Group, UK

2:20

CASE STUDY:

The challenge of decarbonising high density developments: Designing a sustainable solution with renewable technologies and natural gas

A look at Ireland’s first high density nearly zero energy building (NZEB) standard apartment block development that consists of combined heat and power (CHP) units in combination with commercial air-to-water electric heat pumps, backed up by natural gas. This presentation explores the benefits of central plant in these types of developments, including other building elements that ensures compliance with Part L 2019 of the building regulations and a focus on how renewable gas and the introduction of hydrogen into the gas network can continue to decarbonise already A2 BER rated homes

Lar Burke

Lar Burke

Residential Connection Manager, Gas Networks Ireland

2:35

Networking break

2:45

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Who’s to blame for high housing costs? It’s more complicated than you think…

Are government regulations making it increasingly difficult to build new homes, or are developers price gouging homebuyers and renters? It seems the total delivery cost of a new home is not always sufficient to provide a reasonable return; yet, the price is often above what the first-time buyer and new home buyer can afford in many locations. What is driving up the costs of construction and how do we address it?

Eoin O’Broin

Eoin O’Broin

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West and spokesperson on Housing, Heritage and Local Government

Ivan Gaine,

Ivan Gaine,

Managing Director, Sherry FitzGerald New Homes

Paul Mitchell

Paul Mitchell

Director and Co-Founder, Mitchell McDermott and author of SCSI report on the real cost of new apartment delivery 2020

Sean O'Neill

Sean O'Neill

Managing Director of Park Developments

3:20

Closing remarks and summit close