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Benny McDonagh

Senior Project Assistant


Benny McDonagh is a Senior Project Assistant with primary expertise in Sustainable Energy in the Development  Unit, LIT.  Benny worked for many years in London as a carpenter and building contractor before returning to Ireland in 1995, where he worked at a Special Needs Community based in Kilkenny and Tipperary in building construction and maintenance area. 

He was also, in this community involved in the construction and installation a one of the first commercial Anaerobic Digestors for processing food and farm wastes in ireland in 1997. 

With a passion for social and environmental issues, he went on to study for an MSc in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies at the Centre for Alternative Technology, completing it in 2014.  

Since then, he has occupied various roles as a Researcher, Building Contractor and Consultant in the areas of Energy Management, Sustainable Construction and Water Treatment; working for organisations such as EPS Water and the Dŵr Uisce Hydropower Energy Recovery Project at Blackstairs Group Water Scheme  the first pilot project of it’s type in Ireland , Lawler Consulting a multi-disciplinary team of Building Services and Sustainability Engineers with projects in Ireland and the UK and the ESB- Irelands electrical generation, transmission, distribution and supply utility .  

He has been involved in a SEAI BEC scheme to retrofit a Special needs community which was the project studied for the thesis of  BSc (Honours) in Energy Management in Buildings  at IT Carlow in 2016 which also involved one of the first PV installations in 2015, and managed an EXEED office upgrade in 2018.  

He is also currently  involved in both the content development and drafting of training manuals and modules for Sustainable Construction which integrates Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) and digitalisation to deliver, smarter, more efficient and green buildings at both construction and occupation phases. Current EU projects include BIMzeED, Train the Trainer, BUSleague and HP4All. 

Benny is now working as full time Senior Project Assistant for the LIT Development Unit. He has also presented at a number of national and international conferences on themes around science, education and engagement and as part of the green schools initiative given talks on water conservation and rainwater harvesting to primary schools. 

Member of:  

  • CIBSE  

  • Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) 

  • Passive House Association Ireland  

  • Engineers Ireland  


  • Environmental Issues/Climate Change 

  • Cutting edge renewable technologies 

  • Innovative building materials 

  • Category B and D1 driving licences 

  • Djing  

  • Volunteering (Haiti, building domestic dwellings post-earthquake, 2010) 

  • Behavioural Economics (Nudge Theory 

  • Reducing Global inequality  (Doughnut Economics) 

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