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The Move to Modular

The recently published National Planning Framework in Ireland is a sweepingly impressive document in both its scope and ambition. It sets out to plan for a population growth of 1 million people in the next 20 years, including additional 660,000 jobs in a sustainable way that will attempt to redress[…]

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Why Construction Contracts Must Change after the Grenfell Tragedy.

Design-and-build contracts have become increasingly common in construction, a trend that must be reversed in light of the Grenfell Tower fire if we are deliver safe and high quality buildings, says quantity surveyor Michael McCarthy When the Grenfell Tower tragedy struck on the 14th June, people around the world looked[…]

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How 5D BIM Can Shake Up the Construction Industry

How 5D BIM can shake up the construction industry.   The construction industry is over-due for a massive shake up. While other industries have seen productivity increases and costs fall, construction has seen the opposite. Productivity has fallen and costs have risen. In reality, this could be attributed to increased[…]

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M20 or North Ring? Which is Better

  There’s been much focus on the development of the M20 motorway between Cork and Limerick of late. There was uproar when it was shelved in 2011 due to the state of the national finances. It has been at the front and centre of political pressure to have this reinstated[…]

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The Dublin – Cork Divide is Getting Bigger

It’s a threat to us all.   If you have been to both Dublin and Cork recently you may have noticed an even greater distinction between the two largest cities in the state than normal. Dublin is littered with tower cranes whereas Cork is largely devoid of them. There are[…]

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How to Make Housing Affordable

How to Make Housing Affordable.   In ‘The Real Cost of Housing’ I looked at the effect of taxation and levies and its role in the current state of the housing sector. In this article, we examine other ways to make housing affordable, especially for first time buyers. Help to Buy[…]

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Embodied Carbon in Buildings

Measuring embodied carbon in the construction of new buildings has long been a distant cousin of measuring carbon from building use. This is rightly so. The energy used and therefore carbon emitted from a building in use is indefinite and will be at least 60 years. However, measuring embodied carbon[…]

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Unbalanced Development – How Dublin is Killing Ireland

Just take a look at a map of Ireland. All roads lead to Dublin. Its tentacle arms reach out to all corners and it sucks up its resources, concentrating them in concentric circles from the inside its medieval centre. Dublin has long been the source of Ireland’s lop-sided development problem.[…]

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