Irish Sustainable Building Show proves a Huge Success


Minister presents OldBuilders Company with award for the use of Hemp in construction.


The Irish Sustainable Building Show - the construction industry's first exhibition dedicated to the sustainable market was officially opened by Dick Roche, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.  The Show saw the gathering of the industry’s finest suppliers meeting over 11,000 key buyers and specifiers at the RDS, Simmonscourt from 22nd – 24th September, 2005.  With sustainable buildings producing better quality environments, lasting longer and costing less to run the Show represented the future of Ireland’s construction industry. 


The Show was packed with features and visitors had an opportunity to meet over 100 of the biggest suppliers from the Sustainable industry including exhibitors from Austria, Canada, Italy and Sweden each displaying the latest sustainable products and innovations.


The seminar theatre, one of the biggest draws to the Show included a comprehensive programme of over 25 seminars and workshops with topics covered including innovation in the context of the Irish construction industry through sustainable development, off-site construction, design, new product development, business process and technical evaluation process. For the full seminar programme visit


Additionally a Business Breakfast Briefing sponsored by Vodafone took place on Friday 23rd September featuring presentations from some of the biggest names in Sustainable Building


The event was strongly supported by Construct Ireland, DIT, EASCA, ITFMA, the Irish Concrete Federation, INTEGER Ireland and Sustainable Energy Ireland.


The Show ran alongside the Building Exhibition, the construction industry’s biggest event in Ireland.  With over 150 exhibitors the Building Exhibition also hosted the Ulster Bank sponsored Dublin Institute of Technology National Skills Competition on behalf of the Department of Education and Science– competitors displayed skills from a number of crafts including painting/ decoration; refrigeration/ air conditioning; brickwork; plumbing/ heating; joinery and carpentry.

Minister, Dick Roche also presented the Sustainable Building Show and the Building Exhibition Product of the Show Awards, sponsored by Ulster Bank.  The winners were as follows:

Irish Sustainable Building Show Awards

Product of the Show

Winner:                             Biocycle

Certificate of Merit:         Gerkros

Certificate of Merit:         Sheep Wool Insulation


New Product of the Show

Winner:                                                 Ecological Building Systems

Certificate of Merit:   OldBuilders Company      <<<<<<   *****************


 Building Product of the Show Awards

New Product of the Show (Equipment)

Winner:                                   Poppers Senco Ireland  

Certificate of Merit:                Masterlift


New Product of the Show (Materials)

Winner:                                   Shay Murtagh

Certificate of Merit:                Allenkey Fittings Ltd.


Product of the Show

Winner:                                   Shay Murtagh

Certificate of Merit:                CSM Technology

Certificate of Merit:                Hilti


Entries to both the Building and the Sustainable Product of the Show Awards were displayed in an exhibition area throughout the three days of the exhibition.


For more information on both Shows visit



For further information or photographs contact:

Tim Graham

Irish Services Ltd

tel: 01 288 8821





Minister for the Environment, Dick Roche presents the award to Henry O’D. Thompson of OldBuilders Company. For the use of Hemp in construction, New Product of the Show, Certificate of Merit award.




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For further information or photographs contact:

Tim Graham, Irish Services Ltd ,tel: 01 288 8821