Infineco - Building a Sustainable Future
Wednesday, March 22 2023
Gerry McCaughey Speaking Gerard McCaughey Offsite Construction Sustainable Building


2003 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Round Table Green Construction Group Expert Witness

Association of Sustainability Practitioners

Chief Executive

Infineco’s Gerry McCaughey is one of the pioneers in the greening of the built environment and one of the most successful green entrepreneurs. He was named “Industry Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2003 by Ernst & Young.

Prior to founding Infineco, McCaughey was the Founder and Chief Executive of Century Homes in Ireland, and later named Chief Executive of Kingspan Century following the $100 million acquisition of Century by the European building materials giant Kingspan Group Plc (KSP on the Irish Stock Exchange). By focusing on sustainability and automating construction processes, McCaughey propelled Century from a small start-up operation of four employees into one of Europe’s largest producers of offsite, wood-frame buildings and oversaw the development and launch of one of the world’s first zero-carbon houses.


  • Grew Century Homes from a four-employee, single-location start-up company into one of Europe’s largest unit producers of offsite wood-frame building components, with more than 600 employees and five plants in Ireland and the United Kingdom
  • Expanded distribution of Century products into other European countries and Asia
  • Oversaw the $100 million sale of Century Homes to Kingspan Group Plc in 2005
  • Led the acquisition of two additional companies by Kingspan Century
  • Introduced one of the world’s first zero-carbon houses
  • Spearheaded the offsite construction of the world’s first wood-frame six-story building

Awards and Honors

  • Industry Entrepreneur of the Year 2003
    Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
  • Honorary Fellow
    Institute of Green Professionals
  • Business Person of the Year 2000
    Monaghan County People of the Year Awards
  • Young Manager of the Year 1993
    Award for Entrepreneurial Achievement
  • President’s Award for Corporate Social Responsibility 2006
    Chambers Ireland Award for Environment
  • Award for Best Corporate Public Relations Campaign 2005
    Institute of Public Relations
  • Member of European Union Delegation
    Harmonization of Building Standards with Japan and Korea

Board Affiliations and Appointments

  • Robuild – Advisory Board Member
  • Solar Print – Advisory Board Member
  • Treemetrics – Advisory Board Member
  • Board of Courts Services of Ireland – Member (2003 – 2007)
    Appointed by Minister of Justice
  • Chairman of the Property Registration Authority of Ireland (2007 – 2009)
    Appointed by Minister of Justice
  • Maxwest Environmental Systems - Board Member
  • Multitrade Rabun Gap - Board Member
  • Multitrade Telogia - Board Member
  • Johnstown Regional Energy, LLC - Board Member


  • Bachelor of Commerce Degree, with Honors, University College of Dublin
    (Dissertation on the prefabricated timber frame industry in Ireland and Europe)
  • NECA in Business Studies, Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Diploma in Business Fast Growth Management, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • International Diploma in Company Direction, University College Cork
  • Diploma in Corporate Direction, Institute of Directors
  • Certificate in Wood Science, Institute of Wood Science