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'WE TAKE PRIDE IN WHAT WE DO' MEET DORNAN GROUP'S NEW MD, MICHEÁL O’CONNOR

HOUSING - WHERE TO NEXT? Davy's latest housing report looks at capacity constraints in the sector

CRAZY PRICES

Building materials prices continue to rise but at what cost to the sector?

TACKLING CARBON IN CONSTRUCTION

Industry leaders call for more ambitious decarbonising policies


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Letter from THE EDITOR The latest Irish housing market report from Davy sheds light on recent developments and the challenges facing policymakers when it comes to alleviating shortages in accommodation. Chief Economist Conall MacCoille takes a look at familiar topics such as the impact of the Central Bank’s mortgage lending rules, the proposed equity loan scheme, institutional investment into the private rented sector and the planned expansion of the budget for social housing provision. More relevant to the construction sector however, he also analyses the capacity constraints in the construction sector and discusses why the cost of building homes in Ireland is high by European standards. Unless these difficult structural problems holding back homebuilding can be resolved, he says, alternative policy measures will likely only provide transitory solutions. Take a look at some of the key points from the Davy report on page 35. Elsewhere in this issue, we catch up with the new MD at Dornan Group, Micheál O’Connor. A Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Past President of the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland, Micheál brings almost 30 years’ experience in the construction industry to the role. He joins Dornan’s during a period of impressive growth; the company recorded a turnover of €486 million in 2020, up from €332 million in 2019. In this issue of Irish Construction Industry Magazine, Micheál talks about his plans for the future of the company and why he’s determined to keep pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. We hope you enjoy this issue and if you have any comments or opinions, we’d love to hear from you – email denise@mcdmedia.ie

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CONTENTS News & Industry Analysis 4 News

A look at what’s been happening in Ireland’s construction industry

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16 Ulster Bank PMI

Construction activity continues to ramp up following loosening of restrictions

Features 18 Materials

Mark Coady and Bryn Griffiths at Turner & Townsend explore the impacts of soaring construction materials prices and what to expect during this turbulent time

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22 Get ahead with Sky

New research shows that home buyers want to have broadband and TV up and running in their new house from day one. By partnering with Sky, developers can ensure prospective buyers are online from the day they move in

26 ‘We take pride in what we do’

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As he takes on his new role as MD at Dornan Group, Micheál O’Connor talks to ICIM about why he’s determined to keep pushing the boundaries of what’s possible

30 NRL expands into Ireland

Since opening its Irish division, engineering recruitment specialist NRL is finding that skilled workers with experience in the residential sector are in short supply

32 Tackling carbon in construction

Irish building sector leaders urge EU to prioritise decarbonising the built environment

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35 The Irish Housing Market – Where Next?

In Davy’s latest housing report, Conall MacCoille takes a look at why the cost of building homes in Ireland is high by European standards

40 Tech Talks

The Chief Operating Officer at Auva Certification Ireland talks about navigating the audit process remotely

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44 A perfect partnership

SpanSet and Westport Equipment are working in partnership to offer premium height safety equipment and training

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Technical and product news from Ireland's construction industry

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Santry Depot Old Airport Road, Cloghran, Co. Dublin TEL: 01 9018690 WEB: www.actavo.com

Cork Depot Unit 10, Sarsfield Court, Silver Bullet Industrial Estate, Glanmire, Co. Cork TEL: 021 486 6400 FAX: 021 486 6610 WEB: www.actavo.com

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GET AHEAD WITH SKY new researCh shows that home Buyers want to have BroadBand and tv up and running in their new house from day one. By partnering with sky, developers Can ensure prospeCtive Buyers are online from the day they move in

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esearch carried out by Sky earlier this year found that the importance of high quality broadband and TV has risen greatly over the past year and a half. Our homes have become a haven and with more people working from home than ever before, broadband isn’t just a nice add-on anymore, it’s an essential component of any home. Sky’s research found that TV and broadband have taken on a more prominent role at home, as both an outlet for escape and entertainment and a means to work. The demand for great content and home entertainment has continued to increase on the back of this. Less commuting and less to do, in general, has also meant that most people are more time rich, so they’re watching more TV than ever before. Broadband working on day 1 is critically important for over half of new home buyers– thus a fast and easy install appears a key message to promote to attract new buyers. Four in 10 (39%) of the sample group surveyed by Sky placed a higher importance on working Broadband/TV from day one, rather than getting the lowest price. The research found that people ‘couldn’t survive without broadband’. It enables work and play Its importance has been amplified over the past year with Covid-19 as more and more people need it to WFH. It connects people Broadband connects people to the entertainment they love (on Netflix, YouTube), to people they love (Teams, Zoom) and to other interests (shopping, travel). It enables smarter living Over the past year and a half, there has been lots of talk about connected devices, smart TVs and smart home appliances. 22 ISSUE 4 2021

New home owners have three key requirements from their TV/broadband solution and top of that list is they want it ready from day one. • Broadband is the number one priority. It’s an essential part of working from home and staying connected with others. People are happy to watch TV on their laptops while waiting to get their TV service installed. • They want a fast and easy install process. • People want to feel confident they will be able to get their broadband/TV up and running quickly and without hassle. Moving house is a lot of admin and TV and broadband is one more thing to worry about. • They also want it at an affordable price. New home owners have recently spent all of their savings on a deposit and aren’t in the frame of mind to splurge on an expensive TV/broadband package. They want good value and affordable deals.

Sky can work with developers to ensure new homes are enabled for Sky Broadband and TV from the very first day the owner moves in Sky has recognised this need and to provide a solution to both new home buyers and developers, has set up Sky Homes to deliver a seamless walk-in working proposition for new home owners. Sky can work with developers to ensure new homes are enabled for Sky Broadband and TV from the very first day the owner moves in. Developers that partner with Sky are guaranteed a dedicated account manager, plus technical and marketing support for their new homes development. Sky is uniquely positioned to add value to new home developments through its

unmatched award-winning consumer propositions, investment in infrastructure and by leveraging its strategic partner relationships. Why partner with Sky? • Ensure your new build homes are enabled for Sky Ultrafast fibre broadband and TV from the day your customers move in • Enhance the moving in experience for your new home buyers through a seamless Day 1 ready Sky TV & Broadband ordering and installation service • Deliver cost savings to your new home customers through exclusive Sky offers • Sky can deliver cost and time savings on broadband and TV infrastructure enablement • Marketing support available for joint marketing initiatives • Dedicated account management. To find out more, go to skyhomes.sky.ie www.irishconstruction.com

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EQUIPMENT

A PERFECT PARTNERSHIP spanset and westport equipment are working in partnership to offer premium height safety equipment and training

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panSet designs, manufactures and supplies a wide range of quality height safety equipment from its headquarters in Cheshire. From fall arrest harnesses and lanyards to the famous Gotcha Rescue kit, SpanSet innovation has been keeping workers safe when working at height for over 50 years. SpanSet also trains 25,000+ candidates annually both at a Training Centre in Cheshire and at other locations. SpanSet is always looking to improve accessibility to an excellent range of products and offsite training courses by partnering with like-minded companies. Westport Equipment, based near Dublin at its Dunboyne Depot, was founded on an ethos of supplying and hiring the best products and equipment to its customers in the construction, renewables and utilities sectors, backed by a wealth of experience, in-depth stock holding and excellent customer service. Westport is an established supplier of access, shoring, groundwork, and temporary fencing equipment and works closely with key brands to ensure it continues to offer the best. SpanSet and Westport Equipment are delighted to announce Westport will be the main stockist of a range of SpanSet Height Safety equipment for customers in Ireland. Pete Schofield, Sales Manager at SpanSet and Liam Brew, Director of Westport Equipment have worked together for many years.

Liam met Pete at SpanSet when over from Dublin seeking quality suppliers for the new business and recognised both companies were well suited to work together. Westport Equipment can offer quality SpanSet equipment directly to customers in Ireland without the worry of import logistics, as Westport Equipment can hold good stocks at their Dublin depot. All equipment and training is of course be backed by SpanSet’s technical expertise, experience and customer support. The full range of SpanSet height safety and rescue equipment available through Westport can be seen here: https://westportequipment.com/spans et/

expertise is what we look for in a partner and we look forward to growing together in the future,” said Liam Brew, Director, Westport Equipment. “Having visited Westport Equipment in Dublin and met Liam last year, it was obvious the two companies could work in synergy with each other, offering high levels of service and building a relationship to benefit our customers in the Irish market. Westport Equipment have a proven track record of offering premium products and we are proud to be a partner to this ambitious company,” said Chris James, Technical Solutions Specialist.

What about Training? Westport Equipment is investing in a purpose-built training structure and classroom facilities at its headquarters in Dunboyne. Professional SpanSet Instructors will be running training courses from September 2021. Please contact the SpanSet Training Department on 00 44 1606 737494 for more details of available courses https://www.spanset.com/uken/section/meet-team/training “It is important we have confidence in the products, training and service our suppliers offer us, so we in turn can offer the best available to our customers. SpanSet’s integrity and 44 ISSUE 4 2021

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IRELAND’S LEADING ENGINEERING PROFESSIONALS HONOURED AT CONFERRING CEREMONY Martin McVicar, Co-Founder and CEO of Combilift, and Fionnghuala O’Reilly, Engineers Ireland STEPS Ambassador and NASA Datanaut, have been awarded the title of Honorary Fellow by Engineers Ireland at the professional membership body’s 2021 Conferring Ceremony. Honorary Fellowship is the highest honour, other than the Presidency, that Engineers Ireland can bestow. It is conferred on those distinguished by the importance of their work in engineering, science or other vocations. Commenting on the honour, Martin McVicar, Co-Founder and CEO of Combilift, said: “I am incredibly proud to receive the title of Honorary Fellow of Engineers Ireland. Having left formal education at the age of seventeen, and to be recognised by Engineers Ireland with this accolade means a lot to me and my family. My career and achievements in the engineering sector have provided me with unparalleled opportunity to innovate and create solutions for organisations across the world. As I look towards the future, I look forward to providing Ireland’s future engineering talent with the opportunity to upskill and progress their careers through the OEM Apprenticeship and at Combilift Headquarters in Monaghan.” Fionnghuala O’Reilly, STEPS Ambassador, NASA Datanaut and Miss Universe Ireland 2019, commented: “I am deeply honoured to become an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Ireland. Throughout my career I have aspired to advance my technical skillset, create opportunities for others to reach their potential, and work on innovative projects for a brighter, more sustainable future. From contributing to innovation in the space industry as a NASA Datanaut and systems engineer, to using my

platform as Miss Universe Ireland 2019, I am proud be an advocate for women and diversity in STEM. “As Founder of Space to Reach, a tech start-up connecting the next generation of engineering, technologists and innovators to the tech and space industry, and correspondent on Emmy-nominated television series Mission Unstoppable, I look forward to providing even more opportunities for young people to reach their dreams and their potential,” Ms O’Reilly added. The Conferring Ceremony, organised by the professional body for engineers in Ireland, was officiated by the institution’s immediate Past President, Maurice Buckley and Director General, Caroline Spillane. Mr Buckley also had the privilege of issuing a Presidential Invitation to become a Fellow of Engineers Ireland to Tom Parsons, CEO of the Gaelic Players Association and BeyondZero Culture Manager at Jacobs. Commenting on the accolade, Mr Parsons said: “From modern homes and complex infrastructure to connecting people through cities and creating sustainable solutions for society, engineers challenge our world today to reinvent the world we will live in tomorrow. My career in engineering has provided me with unlimited opportunities and has thought me the importance of being able to adapt, change and problem solve in the face of complex challenges, and I look forward to using this skillset in my new role as CEO of the Gaelic Players Association. “I would like to thank Maurice Buckley for my Presidential Invitation to Fellowship of Engineers Ireland in recognition of my career journey to date and congratulate all of those who received their Registered Professional Titles today,” Mr Parsons concluded.

450 members of the institution were conferred with the Registered Professional Titles of Engineering Technician, Associate Engineer, Chartered Engineer and Fellow at the online virtual ceremony. The Registered Professional Title of Chartered Engineer was the predominant title awarded, with 391 members receiving this honour, which provides peer-reviewed and internationally recognised formal recognition of a member’s professional competence and is an accolade associated with the very best of the engineering profession. Additionally, 40 members of the institution received the Title of Fellow, the highest level of membership awarded by Engineers Ireland. This title is reserved for engineers who have demonstrated a significant level of experience and professionalism. 17 members of the institution were also conferred with Engineering Technician and Associate Engineer titles. Offering his congratulations to all those conferred, Maurice Buckley, Immediate Past President of Engineers Ireland, said: “I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to each of our conferees who achieved Registered Professional Titles this evening. “Attaining a professional qualification and an Engineers Ireland Registered Professional Title is a very important stage in an engineer’s professional development, but it is not the end of the process of lifelong learning. As a community of creative professionals who deliver sustainable solutions for society, I hope that you will continue to develop and excel in your working lives, and that you will inspire those around you to strive forward and to also consider achieving a Registered Professional Title.”

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We are currently seeking applicants for 2 Area Business Manager roles. Candidates will manage and develop our existing distribution network & contractor direct customers in 13 counties with the full range of Husqvarna Construction products. €28K basic (- €40K OTE) , van, mobile, expenses etc. Immediate Start. Duties to include: • Manage and develop an existing on end-user customer account base, to produce additional growth in line with client sales strategy. • Concentrate and identify new sales www.irishconstruction.com

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opportunities and achieve sales through these new accounts. Skills & Experience 1-2 years experience in a similar role and or a strong proven sales potential/ability Self-motivated with the ability to successfully manage own territory Previous experience/knowledge in equipment used in the construction industry is advantageous but not essential as full training will be provided. Computer literacy an advantage Fluent English essential

Please send CV to: annmarie.brown@liffeyd.com Liffey Distributors is Ireland’s leading distributor of Forest, Garden and Construction equipment including Husqvarna, Aspen, Gardena, Oregon, McCulloch and Flymo products. The company maintains a philosophy of providing customers with high standards of support and service - an approach that has ensured successful growth since its formation in 1970.

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GEORGE QUINN LTD – ONE STOP STAIR PARTS SHOP “Keep moving forward” cites Vincent Murphy, George Quinn’s man on the road, he added “we keep it simple, listen to the customer and provide a solution, we believe this is the reason George Quinn Ltd have been supplying stair parts for over five decades to both staircase manufacturers and builders providers”. George Quinn Ltd will launch their new brochure in August along with three new modern collections. The company’s ethos is apparent within the brochure which reflects the diverse range of stair parts available including wood, paint, glass and now our new metal spindles called the Matrix collection. Easy to fit and available in a black powder coated finish, no need for further finishing. Metal is becoming increasingly specified by architects and designers, Matrix is perfect for this market. Vincent added “with no time to waste, we are now working with a number of architects and designers on our 2022 ranges. George Quinn Ltd have truly evolved into a one stop stair shop by adding literally “another string to our bow” sourcing lime wood stair strings from

Matrix collection European sawmills to complement our existing string and tread products, lime wood is a hardwood with very close grain which is perfect for painting, it’s

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environmentally friendly with no waste. For further information on our ranges visit www.georgequinn.ie or contact 04730093 for a list of stockists in your area.

NEW MOY PARTNERSHIP RAISES THE ROOF IN INTELLIGENT ROOFING SMART MONITORING For over 40 years MOY have been providing Waterproofing Systems providing secure, solid cover for your building envelope. We are delighted to announce that we have exclusively partnered with the team at Aquatrace to introduce a new dynamic solution to our MOY offerings with a 24/7 live monitoring of your roofing performance. This intelligent roof solution, powered by @AquaTrace (MOYAT), detects any break in roof performance and feeds back to you in real time via the Aquatrace smart app to your laptop or mobile device. Our MOY Roof Waterproofing System Specialists Group Commercial Director Cathal Quinn said “We are excited to work with Aquatrace in delivering a new solution adding next level monitoring for your roofing performance. Headed by Gerard Shortt the Aquatrace team is at the heart of construction innovation. "For us as roof waterproofing providers we provide systems that are fully waterproof and secure, this Intelligent Roofing Smart Monitoring solution allows the constant monitoring of a roofing performance, live and direct. As a result we are able to dramatically reduce the risk of water ingress into a building across any stage of the building project, from construction to post completion throughout the buildings lifecycle, with millimetre accuracy before the water 46 ISSUE 4 2021

enters the building. Importantly this allows immediate repair before the ingress has tracked into the building and repairs can therefore be achieved without any need to interrupt the work function of the building. This is an exciting development for the industry and one MOY are proud to be integrated with from the outset” Ger Shortt from AquaTrace “With Technology ever changing the performance of our buildings, we at AquaTrace have seen the need to develop a easy to use, reliable and economical way to bring Intelligent Roofs to buildings everywhere. Thanks to the Team at Moy, driven by Pat Farrell & Norman Stenhouse we have finalised the development of our exciting technology through to its integration into Moy’s current roofing designs. “Having Moy as a partner, defines the final steps in our development and our first steps into the market. We share Moy’s appetite for innovation and the relentless goal to bring reliable and next generation roofing solutions to the smart buildings of the future. “Intelligent Roofing Solutions will be common place in the coming years and with the partnership we have forged together, we can be market leaders in bringing that change. Undoubtably roofing has taken a giant leap forward.”

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GROUNDFORCE LAUNCHES NEW DIVISION Specialist supplier Groundforce is further expanding its product offering with the launch of a new division, Groundforce Safety. Groundforce Safety will be dealing in the areas of confined space safety, environmental monitoring and survey equipment. The new division will give customers even better access to a peerless portfolio of products that already includes excavation support, piling and pipe testing equipment, all from one company that has become renowned for delivering quality equipment and the highest levels of customer service and support. The confined space safety range will include access and egress equipment, gas detectors, breathing air cylinders and rescue systems such as davit arms. The Environmental monitoring range includes CCTV pipeline cameras and noise, dust and vibration monitors, while the survey range will feature cable detection equipment, laser levels and total stations. Customers will be able to arrange hire online and direct from Groundforce depots in Mountmellick, Co Laois and Lisburn,

Co Antrim, with plans to develop a service and training centre in the second half of the year. Joseph Lenihan, general manager for Groundforce said: “This is an exciting yet practical venture for the business with the new product range

complementing our core offering. Over the years, Groundforce have gained a great reputation for quality products and efficient service and these are the standards to which Groundforce Safety will strive to emulate.”

KINGSPAN KLARGESTER POWERS AHEAD WITH WINNING WARRANTY CAMPAIGN

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With a reputation for long standing reliability, with silent and odourless performance, Kingspan Klargester’s BioDisc® sewage treatment plant models are widely installed in offmains homes across Ireland, offering customers peace of mind all year round. Designed with 65 years’ experience, products in the Klargester BioDisc domestic sewage treatment plant range come with a seven-year warranty (when registered online*). Launching its latest initiative to reward its customers, the Winning Warranty with Kingspan campaign will take place from August 2021, running throughout the remainder of 2021. With monthly prizes up for grabs, including staycation vouchers and merchant vouchers, all you have to do is register your Kingspan Klargester warranty from any BioDisc® domestic product installed in 2021. Registrations are open to builders and homeowners, with only one registration permitted per product. Steve Murphy, Kingspan Klargester Commercial Manager, Ireland and GB North, adds: “After such a challenging year for everyone, we really wanted to reward our customers whilst supporting the local economy through our prize fund, which includes monthly staycation vouchers worth £500 / €600 and vouchers for local merchants.

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“We created the Winning Warranty with Kingspan campaign to encourage installers and homeowners to register their BioDisc systems – an extremely important element in ensuring the optimal efficiency of our BioDisc products during their lifetime.” Each warranty registered will receive a complimentary entry to the monthly draw. The sales team will spin the new Kingspan Winning Wheel on behalf of winning customers to win one of three fabulous prizes. The live draws will be broadcast on Kingspan Water & Energy’s Facebook page. Steve concludes: “We hope to see many builders and homeowners registering their warranties in the

months ahead, and I look forward to sending the winning prizes to our customers throughout Ireland.” To register your warranty, simply go to www.kingspan.com/gb/engb/products/wastewater-management /guarantee or for further information, see https://www.kingspan.com/gb/engb/products/water-management/spinto-win Kingspan Klargester, the responsible & compliant choice for off mains drainage. Contact the experts in wastewater management at Kingspan Klargester: Tel: NI - 028 3026 6799 / ROI: 0818 544 500| Email: klargester-ie@kingspan.com Issue 4 2021 47


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HUSQVARNA FS 3500 G FLOOR SAW – DESIGNED WITH YOU IN MIND

Husqvarna launches an updated version of FS 3500 G - a self-propelled walk-behind floor saw with a 37 hp (27.5 kW) Kohler gasoline engine. The new FS 3500 G is a modern floor saw with sturdy design that is perfect for small to medium patch- and service jobs”, says Erik Edvardsson, Global Product Manager Floor Saws, Husqvarna Construction Products. After listening to customer’s needs on the job, Husqvarna presents a contemporary work horse – a much wanted 37 hp (27.5 kW) mid-range floor saw. It has a cutting depth capacity up to 12–2/8” (311 mm) with a 30” (750 mm) diamond blade. It is easy to maneuver, and is ideal for small and medium patch- or service jobs cutting in concrete and asphalt. Updated features include a Poly-V blade shaft belt drive system with an automatic tensioner that helps reduce vibrations and increases production by transfering more power to the blade shaft. The automatic belt tensioner maintains constant pressure on the Poly-V belt to provide stable power levels at the blade shaft and eliminates the need to manually tension the blade shaft belts. FS 3500 G comes standard with an engine tachometer, hour meter and water safety blade protection. The tachometer allows the operator to monitor engine rpms and performance. The hour meter tracks hours for use during rentals and also service intervals. When activated the water safety blade protection automatically shuts off engine if water is lost and therefore keeps the blade from overheating and going out of tension. The saw can also be ordered with an

optional water pump kit and light kit. FS 3500 G comes with adjustable handle bars, to fit the operator and job. All in all, the sturdy mechanical solutions of FS 3500 G make it an excellent choice for users who need to perform smaller jobs over a shorter period of time. The perfect saw to add to rental, municipality or contractor’s fleet. MAIN BENEFITS FS 3500 G • Light and easy to maneuver and operate – well-balanced design with a low profile makes it easy to handle and transport. • Automatic belt tensioner – increases belt life and up-time. Low cost for the owner. • Self-propelled – for easy operation and comfort. Lowers operator fatigue. • Dependable design – box frame is the most rigid available and adds longevity to the blade shaft and bearings. • Adjustable handles – provide a closer

SCSI RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY SURVEY

Eighty six percent of SCSI estate agents expect national property prices to increase by an average of 6% over the next 12 months while a similar number say the main reason for the increase is due to lack of supply. These are among the key findings of a survey of over 200 estate agents from all over the country which also revealed a marked regional variation with regard to future price movements. While agents in Munster and Connacht/Ulster expect prices to increase by 7% over the next 12 months, the figure in Leinster is 6% while in Dublin, where prices are highest, its 4%. In cash terms a 7% increase on a €200,000 home outside of Dublin will equate to an increase of €14,000 while a 4% increase on a €400,000 home in Dublin will mean an increase of €16,000. Agents said the higher price forecast for properties outside Dublin reflected the covid effect and the increased attractiveness of regional properties due to the dramatic rise in people working from home. Despite covid, eight out of ten 48 ISSUE 4 2021

respondents reported an increase in enquiries and viewings over the last quarter. The SCSI/Central Bank of Ireland Residential Property Price Survey is a quarterly sentiment survey of SCSI members, consisting mainly of estate agents, auctioneers and surveyors. TJ Cronin, the President of the SCSI said lack of supply, construction lockdowns and steep increases in the price of materials meant prices would continue to rise. “We had a supply crisis pre-covid and that has simply deepened due to covid. While 45% of respondents in the survey reported a fall in selling instructions in Q2 2021, 81% reported an increase in enquiries. In addition, eight out of ten agents are reporting low stock levels. And that’s why so many agents were seeing a consistent increase in enquiries even during the highest levels of covid.” Turning to the wider housing supply situation the CEO of the SCSI Shirley Coulter said the covid crisis had deepened the housing crisis and extraordinary measures were now

and more comfortable position to the cutting side for easier alignment and straighter cuts. The handles can also be recessed for transport. New engine - 37 hp / 27.5 kW gasoline engine

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS FS 3500 G • Max depth of cut: 12-3/8”/311 mm • Blade depth control: Electrohydraulic • Max blade diameter: 30”/750 mm • Arbor size: 1”/25.4 mm • Engine manufacturer: Kohler • Engine cooling: Air • Transmission max speed: 150f/min/45m/min • Max power: 37 hp/27.5 kW • Power at the blade shaft: 28 hp/21.5 kW • Number of ribs on Poly-V belt: 25 • Dimensions: 55 x 31.5 x 44.6 “/1420 x 800 x 1135 mm (L × W × H) • Weight: 923 lb/419 kg • Tier 5 compliant

needed to address it. “We believe 400,000 new homes – social, affordable and private builds will need to be built over the next ten years to meet pent up demand and the needs of our growing population. Current output is around 20,000 units so a doubling of that will require a massive increase in funding and collaboration between the private and public sector.” “Housing takes time and that is why it is so important to eliminate avoidable and costly delays from the planning process. The ending of the Strategic Housing Development planning application model provides an opportunity for planning reform especially with regard to judicial reviews; it goes without saying that the right to legal redress must be protected however other mechanisms to facilitate appeals in a more efficient and cost-effective manner are vital to ensure both the viability of development for builders and housing that is affordable for purchasers” she concluded. www.irishconstruction.com

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