FERGAL LALOR, Managing Director, Sisk Living, speaks with Barry McCall of Irish Construction News about current factors affecting the house-building market and why the Sisk Living business model ideally places it to deliver social and affordable homes.
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.
Michael Slevin, Director, KSN, writes about how the government’s plans to reduce Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions by 51% by 2030 will affect the construction sector and what measures can be taken to reduce emissions and improve the energy efficiency of our existing building stock.
Sinéad Hickey, John Sisk & Son’s Head of Sustainability for Ireland and Europe, speaks with Barry McCall about the contractor’s ambitious sustainability plan.
Michael O’Reilly, Director, O’Connor Sutton Cronin, writes about how modern methods of construction, and in particular off-site manufacturing, is delivering solutions for Irish construction, but the sector needs to address several issues before it can fully benefit from the construction method.
FIONA CORMICAN, New Business Director, Clúid Housing, speaks with Barry McCall of Irish Construction News about how the social housing delivery model has changed in recent years and calls for more joined-up thinking between stakeholders around building social housing.