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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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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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The Real Cost of Housing

Housing is the hot topic of this decade. First there was the housing-led collapse, followed by stagnation and, now, we have a chronic shortfall caused by eight years of no building supply for the mass market. The economics of the housing sector are complex and interwoven. They have changed fundamentally[…]

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