About Us

The Build360 Hub is a unique collaboration between academia, industry, and the public sector, which aims to provide leadership in transitioning the Irish construction sector towards a decarbonized and circular built environment.

Who we are

The Build360 Hub founders, the Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Build360 research group, the Regional Waste Management Planning Offices   and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have developed this resource for a range of stakeholders (industry professional, academics and students) who wish to learn more about how to embed circular economy principles into their everyday working practice.

The Team

Dr. Mark Kelly

Dr. Mark Kelly is the Head of the ATU Galway-Mayo Centre for Sustainability and a Senior Lecturer in the ATU Galway-Mayo Department of Building and Civil Engineering. He leads the Build360 research group and has over 20 years’ experience leading national projects on construction and demolition waste management, resource efficiency, education for sustainability and the circular economy.

Dr. Jan Gottsche

Jan Gottsche is an Assistant Lecturer in the ATU Galway-Mayo Department of Building and Civil Engineering and is actively involved in research within the construction industry with multinational and SME contractors working in Ireland. His research areas include sustainability, resource efficiency, construction and demolition waste management, circular economy, and education for sustainability. Prior to academia, Jan worked in industry and specialised in environmental management, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility.

Philppa King

Philippa King has eighteen years’ experience in Local Government working as a Regional Co-ordinator. The post involves the development, implementation, monitoring and review of the waste management plans for the region and now the development of the new “National Waste Management Plan for a Circular Economy”.  The post also involves project managing circular economy projects funded by other agencies and currently specialising in resource efficiency in construction projects.

Prior to working in Local Government Philippa worked for sixteen years in the private sector as member of the management team  dealing with the treatment & export of hazardous waste.

Dr. Shane Newell

Dr. Shane Newell is a lecturer in the Department of Building and Civil Engineering at the Atlantic Technological University (Galway City). He primarily lectures on the Civil Engineering programme with respect to structural design and construction materials. He has undertaken research in relation to innovative precast products, structural health monitoring and bituminous materials in the past. He has published peer-reviewed academic papers related to his research in several international journals and has acted as a reviewer for academic journals in structures. His research interests include structural design, construction materials, structural health monitoring and low carbon design and construction. He also has more than 20 years of experience in engineering consultancy and technical advice to the construction industry. Shane is a Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland and The Institution of Structural Engineers. He is member of the Civil Engineering Research Association of Ireland (CERAI) and Engineers Ireland West Region committee.

Dr. John Scahill

Dr. John Scahill is a lecturer and researcher in the Galway-Mayo School of Engineering in the Atlantic Technological University. He is a chartered engineer who specialises in low energy and low impact building technologies. He teaches on undergraduate and post graduate programmes on sustainable construction, climate resilience and education for sustainable development (ESD). His research interests are focussed on sustainability in higher education (SHE) and the Change Laboratory as a research methodology in higher education.  John has a particular interest in the role of interdisciplinary collaboration in the enhancement of SHE and the promotion of ESD in higher education. John is the GMIT project manager for the HCI funded multi-institute collaborative Digital Academy for a Sustainable Built Environment (DASBE) project and he is also leading a multi-disciplinary education project focussed on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Keith Burke

Keith Burke is a Built Environment Technician in the Department of Building and Civil Engineering at Atlantic Technical University (ATU) and is a graduate of the B.Sc. (Hons) in Construction Management from Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), now ATU. Previously, he worked as the Environmental Manager with Carey Building Contractors, a SME contractor. Keith’s research explores resource management and waste reduction opportunities for SME’s contractors in Ireland.

Feilim O Dowd

Feilim O Dowd is a research student in the ATU Galway-Mayo Department of Building and Civil Engineering. His research is focused on construction and demolition waste management, construction resource efficiency, behaviour and organizational change, and the circular economy.