All Posts By

Danny O Shea

Building Information Index 2023 Q1-Q4

By | Building Information Ireland, Industry News

Building Information Index 2023: Highlights and Outlook

Overall: Positive short-term outlook, but concerns exist for the long term due to a decline in new applications, particularly in the residential sector.

Key Metrics:

  • Commencements: Up 21% across all sectors.
  • Granted permissions: Steady (1% increase).
  • New applications: Down 41% (52% decrease in residential).

Sector-specific findings:

  • Residential: Positive short-term outlook due to high commencements, but negative medium to long-term due to the sharp decline in applications.
  • Commercial & Retail: Positive short-term outlook due to high commencements, but negative medium to long-term due to a decline in applications.
  • Medical: Neutral outlook due to strong current activity but a weakening pipeline with fewer applications and grants.
  • Education: Neutral outlook due to stable funding and pipeline despite a decrease in applications.
  • Agriculture: Positive outlook due to increases in all metrics.
  • Industrial: Positive outlook due to strong demand and increases in all metrics.
  • Social: Positive outlook due to strong demand and increases in applications and grants, but commencements decreased in 2023.

Additional notes:

  • The average time from application to commencement is 75 weeks across all sectors.
  • The LRD scheme appears to be functioning more efficiently than the previous SHD scheme.
  • Material costs and labour shortages are ongoing challenges for the industry.

Overall message: While current activity is strong, the decline in new applications paints a difficult picture for the future. More needs to be done to encourage and facilitate new projects, particularly in the residential sector.

Click on the image to open/download

Observatory at the top of the Spire in O’Connell Street

By | Industry News

An application has been received for the construction of an observation platform at the top of ‘The Spire’ on O’Connell street #Dublin.

The 40m2 single storey building, which will be accessed by a lift and a stairway up the middle of the structure, will be primarily for the housing of telescopes to study the night sky, but will also be used for traffic reports in the city centre.

More details on this project here:

Residential Pipeline of Construction Works

By | Industry News

Housing stock is continually under scrutiny in the press these days. Whether it is social housing or strategic housing developments, rent inflation or mortgage rates, it all points to one consistent message. There is a perennial need for more housing. Kieran McQuinn of the ESRI stated this week in his recent publication “While there are many pressing demands for additional State capital investment, without significant investment in residential construction, we risk experiencing another decade of inadequate housing supply and resulting upward pressure on residential prices and rents.”

With that in mind we took a deeper look in the BuildingInfo database to try to understand what the pool of planned activity in the housing sector is. We looked at projects that have been granted planning permission, but have not yet started works, and indeed have not yet expired. This represents the intent in the industry to supply housing as it stands which has not yet been acted on. Coupling this with population figures for each county from the most recent CSO census we have compiled the table.

As you can see, there are some stark differences between counties in terms of the pipeline of residential construction opportunity. Does this match with current demand trends? The east coast, and city regions clearly have a higher demand, and this graph matches that demand with potential supply. The problem is, it is still only a potential supply! For more details log onto and assess for yourself.

Building Information Index 2020 Q1-Q4

By | Industry News

The full year 2020 building information index provides invaluable insights in to the current state of the Irish construction industry.


The year-end 2020 Building Information Index is coming on the back of a uniquely difficult year indeed for the construction industry in Ireland. Covid-19 restrictions and lock downs have shaped the economy as a whole and construction companies have played their part in ensuring public health is the primary concern, with construction activity taking a back seat in everyone’s interests.




Building Information Index 2020 Q1-Q2

By | Industry News

This building information index is the first to calculate the true scale of the influence covid-19 is having on the Irish construction sector.



A lot has changed since our previous Index was published for year-end 2019. At that time the construction industry in Ireland was strong and resilient in the face of Brexit uncertainties. Indeed, the previous 2 indices, both year-end 2019 and our half yearly H1 2019 reports, pointed to a very steady and stable environment with not much in the way of growth or decline. As it turns out 2019 it would seem is likely to be a peak in terms of output in the industry and it may take a while to recover.




Interview with Tricel

By | Industry News

Can you tell us more about Tricel?

Tricel was created 1973 in Killarney and was first known as Killarney Plastics. From our beginnings as a small fibreglass company, Tricel is today a family led global provider of high-performance, innovation-based solutions for the Water, Environmental, Construction and Distribution industries.

How does Tricel specialise for the Irish construction sector?

The Environmental division of Tricel has developed four wastewater treatment solutions suitable for the Irish market. They are suitable for primary, secondary & tertiary treatment of the wastewater. Our range is also suitable for both domestic and commercial projects. 

Our best seller is the Tricel Novo wastewater treatment plant. Made of SMC in our factory in Killarney, the Novo is lightweight, durable and robust. The installation is easy and can be done with small machinery. For the homeowners, the running costs are low and so is the maintenance. Finally, for peace of mind the Novo is certified EN12566-3.

Our range also included a low-profile and shallow dig septic tank named Tricel Vento. This option allows for easy installation, low maintenance and zero running costs.

The Tricel Puraflo was acquired from Bord Na Móna in 2015. This packaged filter system is ideal for compact sites (small footprint) and sensitive sites and can deal with seasonal or intermittent use. 

Finally, the Sandcel sand polishing filter was designed following the EPA Code of Practice. This sand polishing filter has a small footprint, and is under or overground and is made of GRP panels which won’t decay over time.

What other services does Tricel provide?

For the Irish Site Assessors, Engineers and Architects, Tricel has developed a tool/website to generate free wastewater site recommendation reports:

The aim is for the users to save time and generate bespoke and detailed reports ready to be incorporated directly into the planning applications of their customers/clients.  All information provided complies with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Code of Practice and all products specified are certified to European standards EN12566- 3, EN12566-1 and S.R.66.

What recent projects have you been involved in?


With the recent changes linked to Covid-19, like all businesses we have changed and adapted our processes and deliveries. Our main focus is to ensure our customers and employees are safe.

Some of the projects from the beginning of 2020 included a few big projects in the West/Northwest of Ireland in one of the National Parks. We have also sold our first tank to Dubai and we are developing a strong partnership with a distributor for the Caribbean Islands, French Guyana and in the Indian Ocean. All this is done from Killarney. We are as well strongly positioned in Ireland and always looking for new opportunities. 


You have been subscribed to BuildingInfo for some time now – has it been beneficial to date?

Yes, very much so. Our sales team is able to use the data to identify and target potential customers. It’s also very easy to use.


For more information, visit:




COVID-19 update: 5th of May 2020 may see phased re-opening of sites.

By | Industry News
Residential Construction Ireland

Subject to new SOP (Safe Operating Procedure) sign off from the Chief Medical Officer it is hoped that building sites will begin to reopen on the 5th of May.

Sources indicate that top tier construction companies are looking to open sites before the 5th of May to facilitate implementation of new safety protocols prior to selective reopening of sites on the 5th of May. It is envisaged that each of the top tier companies would reopen 2/3 sites each to begin with. Issues such as procedures for managing the safe return of foreign workers still need to be resolved and such delays would see it taking up to 12 weeks to return to full production.

It is likely that smaller sites and subcontractors would begin to re-open thereafter.

Innovative safety measures such as wrist bands that monitor proximity to fellow workers are being mooted as possible aids to social distancing on-site.

More updates as they occur.

Building Information Index 2019 Q1-Q2

By | Industry News

Building Information Ireland gives you all the sales and marketing tools you need to find and manage Construction Project Leads – Take your free trial today

Download your copy of the Index by filling out the form below.