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New Gym and Medical Centre is 25% More Efficient Than Current Building Regulations

    New Gym and Medical Centre is 25% More Efficient Than Current Building Regulations

Johnson and Johnson VisionCare have completed building a new gym and medical centre with support from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and it’s EXEED (Excellence in Energy Efficient Design) certification programme. This has resulted in the new facility being 25% more energy efficient than current building regulations.
SEAI’s EXEED encourages innovation in how we design […]

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GDG Wins European Funds to Develop Novel Asset Management Software

    GDG Wins European Funds to Develop Novel Asset Management Software

Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions (GDG), an award-winning specialist firm focused on the delivery of infrastructure projects involving complex and challenging ground conditions, has been awarded the first stage of the European Commission’s SME INSTRUMENT, a support fund designed to accelerate the route to market for innovative SMEs with game changing ideas within their specific sectors. […]

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Irish Engineering Firm GDG Combats Geohazards to Overcome Changing Environmental Conditions

    Irish Engineering Firm GDG Combats Geohazards to Overcome Changing Environmental Conditions

Over the past 5 years, Irish owned engineering consultancy, Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions (GDG), have worked on a range of interesting projects across the globe. GDG is a specialist firm focused on the delivery of infrastructure projects involving complex and challenging ground conditions. From their head office in Dublin and supported by regional offices throughout […]

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Plans to Upgrade Ireland’s 1 Million Energy Inefficient Homes

    Plans to Upgrade Ireland’s 1 Million Energy Inefficient Homes

Over 200 building professionals, including architects, specifiers, builders, plumbers, engineers and researchers, gathered at SEAI’s second Annual Deep Retrofit Conference in the Aviva in Dublin. The conference brought together building energy efficiency experts from Ireland and Europe to discuss solutions to upgrading Ireland’s homes.
As many as one million homes built in the last century are considered […]

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UK National Construction Expo – 18th September 2018 – The Arena MK, Milton Keynes, England

    UK National Construction Expo – 18th September 2018 – The Arena MK, Milton Keynes, England

The National Construction Expo, which is being held in the Arena MK at Milton Keynes on Tuesday, 18th September 2018, is expected to attract over 2,000 visitors. The purpose of the National Construction Expo is to stimulate debate, enrich knowledge and connect stakeholders involved in the finance, design, construction and management of UK buildings, infrastructure […]

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College Group to Construct New €10 Million Biofuel Facility in County Meath

    College Group to Construct New €10 Million Biofuel Facility in County Meath

College Group is to invest €10 million in building a new renewable energy facility producing biofuel from used cooking oil and animal fats in north County Meath. The investment is supported by the Irish government through Enterprise Ireland. The new 25 million litre purpose-built plant will be set on a 47.5 acre site and will […]

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New Jobs Lead to New Business For Newry Environmental Services Firm

    New Jobs Lead to New Business For Newry Environmental Services Firm

Blockbusters Environmental Services recently recruited six new staff with support from Invest Northern Ireland and has now won a new contract in Great Britain as a result. The company will be providing its specialist drainage and environmental services to an award-winning UK construction and fit-out contractor for its London based construction projects.
Speaking about the company’s […]

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RKD Honoured at Greenbuild Europe 2018

    RKD Honoured at Greenbuild Europe 2018

Greenbuild Europe 2018 took place on 17–18 April 2018 in Berlin, gathering passionate green building and sustainability leaders from all over the world to advance the mission that buildings and communities will foster and sustain the vitality of all life within a generation. The conference featured a number of opportunities for green building professionals to […]

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Ten-Year €1 Billion Programme of Investment in Flood Relief Measures Launched

    Ten-Year €1 Billion Programme of Investment in Flood Relief Measures Launched

The Government has launched a ten-year programme of €1 billion in investment in flood relief measures including a first tranche of €257 million in funding for 50 new flood relief schemes to proceed to detailed design and construction. The Flood Risk Management Plans allow the Government to build on significant investment on flood defence schemes, […]

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OPW Highlights New Opportunities For Irish Construction Companies

    OPW Highlights New Opportunities For Irish Construction Companies

Of the anticipated €116 billion capital investment provided for in Project Ireland 2040, the Government’s policy and planning framework for the social, economic and cultural development of Ireland, the Office of Public Works (OPW) will be responsible for between €5 billion and €10 billion of this expenditure. Many of the projects involved will be small […]

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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Seeks Views on Future of Ballyogan, Stepaside, Carrickmines and Leopardstow

    Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Seeks Views on Future of Ballyogan, Stepaside, Carrickmines and Leopardstow

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has commenced a 6 week pre-draft public consultation process on a new Local Area Plan (LAP) for Ballyogan and Environs. Following this consultation period, a draft LAP will be produced to help frame development in the area over the coming 6 years. The areas covered will include Ballyogan, Kilgobbin, The Gallops/Glencairn (Leopardstown) […]

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NI Water Invests £1 Million to Upgrade Watermain Supplying Fermanagh Reservoirs

    NI Water Invests £1 Million to Upgrade Watermain Supplying Fermanagh Reservoirs

NI Water has announced the completion of the first section of a 3.5 km watermain between Ally Hill Service Reservoir (SR), on the outskirts of Lough Bradan and Doochrock SR near Ederney, as part of a million pound investment to improve and safeguard the local water supply. The new upsized watermain will replace the old […]

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37 Communities to Become More Energy Efficient

    37 Communities to Become More Energy Efficient

Funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced that an initial €22 million will fund energy upgrades to 1,200 homes and 400 community and commercial buildings across 37 communities.  The support underpins total investment of €52 million and means the communities will have warmer […]

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Record Year For Kingspan

    Record Year For Kingspan

Kingspan, the global leader in high performance insulation and building envelope solutions, has reported its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2017. 2017 was a significant year for Kingspan which, despite its challenges, was a record period for the group. Revenue rose by 18.0% to €3.7 billion, and trading profit grew by 10.7% […]

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£5 Million Sewer Improvement Project Underway For Ormeau Area of Belfast

    £5 Million Sewer Improvement Project Underway For Ormeau Area of Belfast

NI Water has announce that work has commenced on a £5 million project to improve the sewerage infrastructure in the Ormeau area, which will include Ormeau Avenue, Dublin Road, Bruce Street, Sandy Row and sections of the lower Ormeau Road.
Work commenced on 5th February 2018 on Adelaide Street, with work progressing from the Ormeau Avenue end. NI Water anticipates […]

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£70,000 Rainwater Garden Completed at Clandeboye Primary School

    £70,000 Rainwater Garden Completed at Clandeboye Primary School

NI Water, the Department for Infrastructure, Education Authority and the Department of Education have announced that an innovative new rainwater garden to help reduce the risk of flooding has been completed at Clandeboye Primary School. £70,000 has been invested in the garden, which is an innovative flagship project for NI Water and the Department for […]

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McHale Plant Sales Plans For Growth in 2018

    McHale Plant Sales Plans For Growth in 2018

Following a highly successful year in which sales volumes at the company increased by some 20% on the previous 12 months, McHale Plant Sales sees scope over the next few years for a further 40% growth within the marketplace generally. The company’s recent appointment as distributors of Komatsu Forest timber harvesting machinery and Terex Ecotec environmental […]

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SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards Recognise Impact of Innovative Energy Solutions in Design and Construction

    SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards Recognise Impact of Innovative Energy Solutions in Design and Construction

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) recently announced the winners of its Sustainable Energy Awards at a gala event which saw Durkan Residential and Energy Communities Tipperary Co-Op receive awards. The Awards recognise excellence in energy management in businesses, communities and public sector organisations.
Durkan Residential Ltd, a Dublin based private housing developer who has […]

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Kilsaran International Wins Sustainable Quarry of the Year 2017

    Kilsaran International Wins Sustainable Quarry of the Year 2017

Kilsaran International, from Dunboyne, Co Meath, was a double winner at this year’s Irish Concrete Federation Sustainable Quarry Awards. The company’s Gallstown Quarry (see picture above) was awarded the top prize as National Winner with the citation“Outstanding Achievement in Comprehensive Environmental Management of a Large Integrated Extractive Operation.” While “Outstanding Achievement in Overall Quarry Sustainability” went […]

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Kingspan Retains Position on CDP Climate ‘A List’

    Kingspan Retains Position on CDP Climate ‘A List’

Kingspan, a global leader in high performance insulation, building fabric, and solar integrated building envelopes, has been named for the third year in a row on The Climate ‘A List’ by CDP, the international not-for-profit organisation that measures the environmental impact of thousands of companies around the world. Kingspan is one of only two Irish companies […]

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Wicklow solar energy farm gets approval

    Wicklow solar energy farm gets approval

Plans for a major solar energy farm on a 27-hectare site in Co Wicklow have been approved by Wicklow County Council. The permission comes as the Government is preparing a new renewable energy support scheme scheduled to be operational by the first half of 2018.
Proposed by BNRGN Millvale Ltd, the solar farm near Rathnew, north […]

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Sandyford to drive Dublin as Smart City

    Sandyford to drive Dublin as Smart City

Sandyford has been pinpointed as a Smart Region capable of driving Dublin on as a Smart City at Ireland’s first Smart Cities Summit in Leopardstown. The Summit, which was organised by Sandyford Business District and Alchemy Event Management, heard that there is currently 450,000 sq ft of available office space in the Sandyford and a […]

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Data centres pushing up energy demands

    Data centres pushing up energy demands

EirGrid has predicted that Ireland’s energy demand will rise over the next decade due to the spread of data centres across the country. This will make the government’s task of avoiding fines for missed EU renewable-energy targets much more difficult.
In its recent ‘all-island generation capacity statement’, EirGrid said the need for extra power supply would […]

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350,000 households already availed of SEAI grants for home energy improvements

    350,000 households already availed of SEAI grants for home energy improvements

Almost 350,000 homes have benefited from grants through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to make energy improvements in their homes. SEAI is urging homeowners to avail of their entitlement to the grants which cover about 30% of the average cost of the upgrade works, making their homes warmer and more energy efficient. The […]

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Homeowners spent billions on their homes in 2016

    Homeowners spent billions on their homes in 2016

Irish homeowners have availed of €1.2 billion in total through the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) since its launch in 2013. This incentive has facilitated homeowners in carrying out nearly 77,000 home improvement projects over the last three years with an average spend of €16,000 per project. The extension of the HRI to rental properties in […]

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EnergyPro Asset Management to be largest home-grown Irish windfarm management company

    EnergyPro Asset Management to be largest home-grown Irish windfarm management company

EnergyPro Analytics and Galetech Energy Services (GES) have announced their new joint venture entity – EnergyPro Asset Management. The joint venture will be owned 50 – 50 by the two companies and will have an initial combined long term contract roster of 180MW of wind turbines.
The joint venture will manage assets for a variety of […]

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€1.7 Billion Investment in Wastewater Projects

    €1.7 Billion Investment in Wastewater Projects

Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, has published the draft River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) for Ireland 2018-2021, which is subject to public consultation for six months.
The draft plan outlines measures aimed at protecting and improving the water environment, working towards achieving the Water Framework Directive’s (WFD) objectives. The Directive’s […]

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€10 Million Expansion to Warmth & Wellbeing Scheme

    €10 Million Expansion to Warmth & Wellbeing Scheme

The Warmth & Wellbeing pilot scheme, which provides energy free efficiency upgrades to homes in some areas of Dublin, will be expanded next year, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten announced on Thursday. The scheme, which covers people over 55 in Dublin 12 and 24 who have respiratory conditions and are in […]

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Wood Awards Ireland Held in Farmleigh House

    Wood Awards Ireland Held in Farmleigh House

The Wood Awards Ireland were presented in Farmleigh House on Thursday, November 17, with Bucholz McEvoy Architects named as the overall winner for their work on the Samuel Beckett Civic Campus on Ballyogan Road, Dublin. The competition, presided over by Minister of State Andrew Doyle, celebrates the use of wood by Irish designers, architects, engineers […]

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Upgrade to Dublin Airport Runway to Create 150 Jobs

    Upgrade to Dublin Airport Runway to Create 150 Jobs

An 18-month upgrade of Dublin Airport’s main runway is expected to create 150 jobs.
Construction on the runway is expected to start on the night of Monday, November 14, and to continue for 18 months. As the work requires the runway to completely close, construction is planned to take place between 11 pm and 5 am […]

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Irish Water Begins Construction on 9.7 Million Euro Wastewater Network

    Irish Water Begins Construction on 9.7 Million Euro Wastewater Network

Irish water officially began construction on a €9.7 million wastewater pipe network for Rush, Co. Dublin on Friday, November 11.
The network, which is expected to be take two years to complete, is designed to stop the discharge of raw sewage into the sea, improving the bathing water at South Rush Beach.
The network will direct existing […]

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Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland launch network to collaborate on ocean energy innovation

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A new collaborative network between Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland has been launched to advance the development of ocean energy and drive technology innovation. Led by three state bodies – the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), Invest Northern Ireland and Scottish Enterprise – the new Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) is […]

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Europe to Assist Irish Energy Company’s Storage Project

Gaelectric, an Irish energy firm, is set to receive €8.28m from the European Union to help fund and develop a storage project located in Northern Ireland.

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Permitted Development of Two Major Parks at Cherrywood

The Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have come to the decision to permit the development of two major parks at Cherrywood, which marks the first important phase of development for a new Town Centre and 3,800 new homes at Cherrywood in South Dublin.

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£23m anaerobic digestion plant in Ballymena

A £23 million anaerobic digestion plant will be developed in Ballymena, Co Antrim next year to deal with the environmental problem of the 40,000 tonnes of chicken waste produced each year by the north’s billion pound poultry sector.
The Tully Centralised Anaerobic Digestion Plant is being led by Stream BioEnergy Ltd and built by Xergi.
BSG Ltd will use […]

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Ireland’s First Sustainable Homes Label

The Irish Green Building Council has launched Ireland’s first sustainable homes label to encourage the construction of quality residential housing developments.
This is a voluntary label called Home Performance Index (HPI), which is a system that takes into account a wider range of issues that affect the sustainability and quality of residential constructions than the Building […]

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Actavo Delivers Environmentally-Friendly Project Office to Sisk’s Capital Dock Development

Actavo Building Solutions, a leading supplier of modular buildings, has supplied an environmentally-friendly onsite project office to international construction company, Sisk.
The new facility will serve as a hub for Sisk during its contract to build the new Capital Dock scheme on the eastern end of Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin 2. This contract was […]

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Ireland to cut emissions from buildings to meet Paris Agreement

Governments, businesses, consumer groups and NGOs are being urged to come together to create ambitious plans for how Ireland will cut emissions from existing buildings, in order to meet the Paris Agreement and halt global temperature rises.
The call comes from the Irish Green Building Council, and its umbrella organization, the World Green Building Council as […]

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Compulsory purchase orders for undeveloped land

Lorcan Sirr, lecturer in housing and urban economics at the Dublin Institute of Technology, said that the Environment Minister should be able to issue Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO) for undeveloped land.
Lorcan Sirr said such a move could be done in the interest of the common good.
He said that there is unused land around the country […]

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Oil prices ascend in Asia as output meeting approaches

With Brent climbing back above $40, the oil prices leaped in Asian trade today, as the market digested falling US output ahead of a producers’ meeting this month to discuss a proposed output freeze.
In 11 weeks, the US production fell for the 10th time, to 9 million barrels per day in the week up to […]

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Energy upgrades should be trebled, says report

If Ireland is to achieve its 2020 energy efficiency targets, the number of homes and businesses being upgraded for improved energy efficiency each year needs to be trebled.
A report from the enduring Energy Authority of Ireland also says the number of homes using renewable heat technology needs to be grown sevenfold.
This is the first time any official […]

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ESB opens new €33m Woodhouse Wind Farm in County Waterford

Pictured officially opening ESB’s €33m Woodhouse Wind Farm in Co.Waterford today  is Paddy Hayes ESB Executive Director Generation and Wholesale Markets and  Minister for Energy Alex White T.D.
Minister for Energy Alex White TD  today opened the new €33m Woodhouse Wind Farm in County Waterford, a key part of ESB’s Wind Development programme.
The new renewable energy […]

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Kingspan and ESB in NI solar panel initiative

    Kingspan and ESB in NI solar panel initiative

Kingspan and ESB unveiled on Tuesday a new joint venture in Northern Ireland that will offer local businesses the opportunity to get involved in a solar energy project that they claim could deliver energy savings of £320 million in the North over the next 25 years.
Kingspan ESB has launched a scheme that will give customers […]

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FenestraPro Premium for Revit – Efficient Facade Design for Architects

    FenestraPro Premium for Revit – Efficient Facade Design for Architects

FenestraPro, a leading provider of software that enables energy efficient facade design, is delighted to announce the launch of FenestraPro Premium for Revit, continuing the development of the FenestraPro Add-in range for Autodesk Revit.
FenestraPro Premium for Revit is the complete package which enables architects to design environmentally efficient building façades more effectively, while ensuring compliance […]

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Diageo Achieves World Accreditation

    Diageo Achieves World Accreditation

St. James’s Gate becomes the first major brewery in the world and the first manufacturing plant in Ireland to achieve the highest award possible in LEED certification
The Sisk built Brewhouse No. 4 at St. James’s Gate has become the first major brewery in the world and the first manufacturing plant in Ireland to achieve the […]

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Gaelectric completes €65 million funding round for on-shore wind energy portfolio in Ireland

    Gaelectric completes €65 million funding round for on-shore wind energy portfolio in Ireland

Irish renewable energy generation and energy storage group, Gaelectric, has raised €65 million in funding for its portfolio of on-shore wind energy projects on the island of Ireland.
The portfolio comprises 164 MW of generation capacity across 13 projects which the Group plans to develop out by 2017, representing a total investment in the region of […]

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