BRegs Weekly 19 | Edition 69

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24 June 2016 – BRegs Weekly 19- edition 69

Welcome to the latest Weekly BRegs Weekly for 2016: edition 69 of BRegs Weekly is out now.

Iris Reit, one of the state’s biggest private landlords confirmed, like NAMA, they had to retrofit many apartments to deal with fire safety and other issues since it bought them. In an interview with the Irish Independent, Chief Executive David Ehrlich said there needed to be a full review of the planning process in order to alleviate the housing crisis, “We need to look at everything from the ground up… Whether it is the planning process, building regulations, the cost of building and other issues.”

Broadsheet.ie completed a compelling analysis of recent figures for new house completions released by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. In 2016 just 8,514 residences will be completed in the first 11 months of 2016, of which 3,193 will be in Dublin. A continued significant shortfall on the 25,000 needed every year.

BRegs Blog continued the FACTCHECK series with an analysis of a Building Regulations Dáil debate on 2nd June 2016. Minister Damien English made a number of statements which the  Blog Team examined in detail. Well worth a read.

In Donegal Dean Spencer, building energy expert, noted Building controls don’t go far enough to protect home buyers from high energy costs:  “There effectively is no building control in Ireland to the same level as exists in the UK and the result is that consumer interests are not fully safeguarded. If there was adequate protection then we wouldn’t have issues with poor or no insulation in properties or even the current problem with defective blocks in homes in Donegal.”

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