Substantial legislative changes will be needed for Housing for All to work

Hugh McCann, Development Manager, Bluemont. HUGH MCCANN, Development Manager, Bluemont, speaks with Robbie Cousins about the opportunities and challenges that Housing for All presents for developers. The government’s housing delivery plan up to 2030 Housing for All sets out four pathways to achieve four overarching objectives: Supporting homeownership and increasing affordability; Eradicating homelessness, increasing social [...] Interviews, Irish Construction News, Latest

ACEI members aim to be carbon neutral by 2030

The current president of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI), David McHugh, would appear ideally qualified and experienced for the role he has taken up, considering the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the coming year and beyond for the association. The senior director responsible for renewable energy and business development at RPS in Ireland also has eight years of experience in global roles as a corporate executive and management consultant specialising in sustainability. With its recently published ACEI Sustainability Vision, the association is setting out an ambitious programme for its members to become advocates for climate action and sustainable change in Irish construction and lead by example by becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

Engineering News, Interviews, Sustainability

Delivering housing now and in the future

The government target is for 35,000 new homes to be delivered each year, with around 10,000 of them falling into the social and affordable categories. Progress was being made until Covid hit. The industry was shut down for eight weeks in the spring and early summer of 2020, while many potential homebuyers were spooked by the economic fallout of the pandemic.
New home delivery fell slightly to 20,780 in 2020. This was a drop of just 411 on the number built in 2019. With large parts of the industry shut down again during the early part of 2021, this will have a knock-on effect on completions this year. But the industry was resilient in 2020, and it is hopeful of making up for lost time in 2021, despite some non-Covid related challenges.

Interviews, Irish Construction News