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Residential Construction feature on Tv3 – Interview with Danny O’Shea

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Danny O’Shea Discusses Residential Construction

In this short video, Link2Plans/BuildingInfo CEO, Danny O’Shea discusses the findings from the latest National Housing Construction Index on TV3 News.  The news report focusses on the state of the Residential Construction market in terms of planning and commencement activity which notes the impact of last years change in Building Regulations and the knock on effect this has had on Residential Construction commencements during the early part of this year.  Vol. 20 of the National Housing Construction Index follows the recently published Building Information Index which analyses larger Residential Construction projects as well as other Commercial Construction sectors.


Steady increase in Construction Project Commencements

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Increasing Trend in Construction Project Commencements

A steady increase in construction project commencements has been identified since the introduction of new building regulations at the end of Q1 2014. Since Q2 2014 the Irish construction sector has seen a consistent quarter on quarter increase from €313m in Q2 2014 to €1.368bn at the end of Q1 2015 in construction project commencements.  This is a very positive sign for the industry and it will be interesting to see if this trend continues during this quarter.


Construction Project Commencements – Trend

Construction Project Commencements


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Proposal For Residential Construction Rules Exemptions

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Government Proposal Would See Residential Construction (Self-Build Homes & Extensions) Exempt from New Building Regulations

Residential Construction Priory Hall

The Building Control Amendment Regulations 2013 were introduced early last year to give protection to home buyers following the major controversy generated following such Residential Construction schemes as the Priory Hall Development.

Critics of the regulations have pointed to the additional costs – up to €16,000 for inspections according to the Irish Independent – as being an unfair burden on home builders.  It is this light that the government are proposing exemptions.

It must be highlighted that should the regulations be lifted buyers would have very little in the way of protection.

Alternatives to proposed exemptions to the regulations include broadening the range of professionals qualified as ‘assigned certifiers’ to certify that buildings are compliant during the construction phase, as well as giving owners an opt-out clause.

According to a spokesman for the Housing Minister Paudie Coffey, there have been no firm decisions taken at this stage and the matter is still under public consultation.

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