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ISME Expresses Concern With Lowest Price Bid Tendering

    ISME Expresses Concern With Lowest Price Bid Tendering

Following the award of school building contracts to Western Building Services after fire defects had been identified, ISME, the Irish SME association, has expressed concern with how public works contracts are granted to the lowest cost tenderers.
Commenting on Western Building Services investigation, ISME Vice Chair Ross McCarthy noted: “While we do not know the details surrounding structural safety […]

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Essential Learning Series Roadshow From Kilsaran International

    Essential Learning Series Roadshow From Kilsaran International

Kilsaran International are taking the hugely successful Essential Learning Series suite of technical seminars to the road with events to be held at the Aviva Stadium on September 25th and Fota Island Resort in Cork on October 17th 2018. These free one day events will appeal to construction professionals who want to gain a clearer […]

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€3.7 Million Drawn Down as Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Proves Popular in Fingal

    €3.7 Million Drawn Down as Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Proves Popular in Fingal

Fingal County Council has received the highest amount of applications among the 31 Local Authorities for the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan and has overseen a draw down of over €3.7 million since the scheme commenced. Since the start of the scheme on February 1, Fingal County Council has received 340 applications and already 136 provisional […]

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CIF Budget Submission For the Delivery of Essential Housing and Infrastructure

    CIF Budget Submission For the Delivery of Essential Housing and Infrastructure

According to the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), the forthcoming Budget is an opportunity to remove a number of blockages in delivery of essential housing and infrastructure. The CIF has stated that the delivery of transformative housing and infrastructure requires more effective co-ordination between industry and government in three key areas: investing in skills and R&D, […]

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Saint-Gobain Launches Nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) Training Courses For Irish Construction Professionals

    Saint-Gobain Launches Nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) Training Courses For Irish Construction Professionals

The Saint-Gobain Ireland Technical Academy has announced that it is adding to its existing training portfolio by launching a series of nZEB modular courses. Starting this July, these innovative nZEB courses will offer those working in construction in Ireland a chance to up-skill, free of charge, in an increasingly regulated area of the construction industry.
The European […]

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NSAI Launch New Health and Safety International Standard ISO 45001 in Conjunction With Collen Construction

    NSAI Launch New Health and Safety International Standard ISO 45001 in Conjunction With Collen Construction

The world’s first occupational health and safety international standard, ISO 45001, has been published. ISO 45001 will give organisations an internationally recognised occupational health and safety standard to follow. This standard provides the specification for formal, systematic analysis and management of risk, management of regulatory compliance, promotion of safer work practices, and evaluation of occupational health […]

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National Asset Management Agency Did Not Breach EU Rules

    National Asset Management Agency Did Not Breach EU Rules

Following a complaint, the European Commission has assessed whether the Irish National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) has benefited from illegal State aid and whether it granted undue advantages to certain property developers. The Commission has concluded that NAMA did not breach EU State aid rules.
Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “We have carefully […]

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Record Investment in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in 2017

    Record Investment in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in 2017

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has published its annual results for 2017. It shows a record €105 million government investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy, allocated through the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE). This included €70 million investment in home and community energy upgrades, 40% of which went to […]

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Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Introduced

    Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Introduced

The Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan, a new Government-backed mortgage for first-time buyers, will be available nationwide from local authorities from Thursday, 1 February 2018. The loan can be used both for new and second-hand properties, or to build your own home.
In line with Central Bank rules, a person or couple can borrow up to 90% […]

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House Prices – More Onerous Rules For Non First-time-buyers Exacerbating Supply Issue

    House Prices – More Onerous Rules For Non First-time-buyers Exacerbating Supply Issue

The very slight moderation in house price inflation in the latest CSO house price data – from 11.6pc in the year to October to 11.3pc in November in Dublin and from 12.8pc to 11.7pc in the rest of the country in the same period, comes as no surprise as housing supply is still a gulf […]

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Residential Property Prices Rise by 11.6% in the Year to November

    Residential Property Prices Rise by 11.6% in the Year to November

In the year to November, residential property prices at national level increased by 11.6%, according to the CSO’s Residential Property Price Index November 2017 report. This compares with an increase of 11.8% in the year to October and an increase of 9.2% in the twelve months to November 2016.
In Dublin, residential property prices increased by […]

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Planning Regulations and Planning Process Delays Impacting on Irish Commercial Real Estate Sector

    Planning Regulations and Planning Process Delays Impacting on Irish Commercial Real Estate Sector

The latest Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Sentiment Tracker from Origin Capital, completed by 180 industry professionals, identified industry concerns about the current planning regulations and processes in Ireland and the recent increase in commercial property stamp duty as being among the risks faced within the sector.
Findings on CRE in Ireland generally:

84% believed that planning regulations […]

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Review Confirms Core Elements of Mortgage Measures Remain Unchanged

    Review Confirms Core Elements of Mortgage Measures Remain Unchanged

The outcome of the annual review of the residential mortgage measures has been published by the Central Bank of Ireland. The review is based on analysis of mortgage lending data in the context of wider housing market developments. The review considered the appropriate setting for the measures in 2018, given the current conditions and the […]

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Increased Pay For Construction Workers

    Increased Pay For Construction Workers

Pat Breen TD, Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has signed into law an Order entitled “Sectoral Employment Order (Construction Sector) 2017”. This Order fixes the statutory minimum pay, pension and sick pay entitlements for craftsmen, construction operatives and apprentices employed in the construction Sector.
The Order gives legal effect to the […]

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Guaranteed Irish Calls For VAT Reduction and Expansion of Incentive Schemes to Stimulate Construction Sector

    Guaranteed Irish Calls For VAT Reduction and Expansion of Incentive Schemes to Stimulate Construction Sector

Guaranteed Irish has called for a reduction in VAT, the expansion of incentive schemes, and an overhaul of apprenticeships to stimulate the construction industry. The organisation has published recommendations on the steps needed to ensure sustainable construction in Ireland in future years. The recommendations were formulated at a roundtable event attended by Guaranteed Irish construction-industry […]

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GDPR – the countdown is on

    GDPR – the countdown is on

According to the Small Firms Association, the countdown is on to major changes for business under the General Data Protection Regulation. SFA Director, Sven Spollen-Behrens commented, “The clock is ticking, counting down to the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which introduces major new obligations on businesses of all sizes. It is one […]

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New taskforce to review fire safety in Ireland

    New taskforce to review fire safety in Ireland

According to reports, Dublin Fire Brigade’s Chief Fire Officer Patrick Fleming has said more resources are needed to help local authorities carry out building control inspections. Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy also recently announced a new taskforce to review fire safety in Ireland in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London.
Local authorities have […]

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Minister Coveney to put CIRI on statutory footing within weeks

    Minister Coveney to put CIRI on statutory footing within weeks

Minister Simon Coveney has reaffirmed his commitment to see the Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI) put on a statutory footing in the coming months. Speaking at the recently-held CIF Cork Construction Annual Dinner, the Minister for Housing, Planning Community and Local Government, said that he expected legislation to introduce a mandatory register to be placed […]

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Climate change plan says EU targets will be missed

    Climate change plan says EU targets will be missed

Five years after it was due, the Government this week published a National Mitigation Plan on climate change, outlining how the Government will meet stringent EU greenhouse emissions targets for 2020 and 2030 and achieve a low carbon economy by 2030. The plan is a requirement of new climate change laws enacted two years ago.
Four […]

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No planning required to change commercial buildings to housing

    No planning required to change commercial buildings to housing

Under new regulations being drafted by the Department of Housing, owners of empty commercial buildings will be able to convert their properties into apartments without seeking planning permission. Vacant residential buildings can already be brought back into use without seeking planning permission as long as no major alterations to the building’s structure are required. However, the […]

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Coveney announces €32 Million for Repair and Leasing Scheme

    Coveney announces €32 Million for Repair and Leasing Scheme

The Minister for Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government Simon Coveney announced on Thursday that the pilot scheme that targets vacant properties and secures them for social housing, by financing the cost of repairs, is to be rolled out on a national basis. An additional €26 million is being provided to fund the scheme in […]

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Construction Industry Federation Elects Dominic Doheny as New President

    Construction Industry Federation Elects Dominic Doheny as New President

New Construction Industry Federation (CIF) President Dominic Doheny called on the Government to work with the construction industry to deliver sustainable growth, exports and jobs across Ireland at a meeting of Ireland’s leading construction executives on Sunday.
“The Government is turning to construction to deliver ambitious targets in the delivery of world class infrastructure, housing and […]

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Government Plans to Double Annual Residential Construction to 25,000 Homes by 2021

    Government Plans to Double Annual Residential Construction to 25,000 Homes by 2021

The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government on Friday released their statement of strategy, in which they outlined plans to double the annual level of residential construction to 25,000 homes and deliver 47,000 units of social housing in the period to 2021. The document identified problems of “persistent under-supply” in the residential housing market, especially […]

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Nine Fatal Construction Accidents in 2016

    Nine Fatal Construction Accidents in 2016

There were 44 people killed in workplaces in 2016, representing a 21% reduction of the 56 reported in 2015, according to figures released by the Health and Safety Authority on Thursday.
Construction fatalities were down to nine in 2016, from 11 in 2015.
The number of deaths on farms remained high, with 21 reported in 2016, compared […]

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House Price Inflation May Hit Double-Digit Levels in 2017

    House Price Inflation May Hit Double-Digit Levels in 2017

Irish house price inflation is set to accelerate in 2017, potentially reaching double-digit levels, according to the MyHome.ie property report for the final quarter of 2016.
“Clearly low stock levels will be the main driver of what’s happening in the market and will be for the foreseeable future,” MyHome.ie Managing Director Angela Keegan said. “Our report […]

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Planning Permissions Granted for Apartments Increase by 304.5%

    Planning Permissions Granted for Apartments Increase by 304.5%

The number of apartment dwelling units granted planning permission in the third quarter of 2016 rose to 1,452, up from 359 in 2015, an incrase of 304.5%, the CSO revealed on Monday.
4,362 houses were also granted planning permission in the third quarter of 2016, up from 2,345 in 2015, and increase of 86%. Overall, the […]

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Sligo East City Regeneration Project Launched in Cranmore

    Sligo East City Regeneration Project Launched in Cranmore

The Sligo East City, Cranmore and Environs Regeneration Project was launched at a showcase community event in Cranmore, Sligo on Thursday, December 1.
The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government has supported a regeneration programme in Sligo for the last number of years and has invested over €23 million so far in providing renewed […]

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Property Services Regulatory Authority Members Appointed

    Property Services Regulatory Authority Members Appointed

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald appointed six members of the Property Services Regulatory Authority, the Department of Justice and Equality announced on Tuesday, November 29.
The Property Services Regulatory Authority was formally established in April 2012 and is responsible for the licensing of property service providers, providing redress mechanisms concerning complaints against auctioneers, estate […]

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25% of Homes That Qualify for the First-Time Buyers Scheme Located In Dublin

    25% of Homes That Qualify for the First-Time Buyers Scheme Located In Dublin

Research conducted by Daft.ie has found that 25% of available projects that qualify for the first-time buyers scheme are located in Dublin County. The research, published on Friday, November 25, found that the largest share of qualifying houses were in Dublin, followed by Kildare (14%), Meath (13%) and Cork (6%).
Daft.ie Public Relations and Communications Manager […]

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Daft.ie Rent Report Blames ‘Systemic Failure’ for Lack of Construction

    Daft.ie Rent Report Blames ‘Systemic Failure’ for Lack of Construction

The Daft.ie Rental Report for the third quarter of 2016, released on Tuesday, November 8, called the lack of residential construction in Ireland during the last five years a “systemic failure in desperate need of policy solutions.”
The report, written by Trinity College Dublin economist Ronan Lyons, said that the double-digit inflation in rents were caused […]

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Up to 75,000 construction jobs could be added by 2020 as part of “Rebuilding Ireland” initiative

    Up to 75,000 construction jobs could be added by 2020 as part of “Rebuilding Ireland” initiative

Delegates at the Construction Industry Federation’s (CIF) annual conference at Croke Park have heard how the construction industry will play a vital role in “Rebuilding Ireland”, with the possibility of up to 75,000 jobs to be created by 2020.
Addressing attendees, CIF President Michael Stone discussed the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs, the Public Capital Programme, […]

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New homes supply significantly lower than official figures suggest, claims expert

    New homes supply significantly lower than official figures suggest, claims expert

A leading housing academic has claimed that the supply of new homes in Ireland may up to 75% less than the official figures suggest.
Addressing a meeting of the Dublin Economics Workshop in Wexford, Dr Lorcan Sirr from DIT indicated that while 12,666 new homes were built last year, official CSO figures on the State’s housing […]

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Construction Contracts Act Becomes Law

During an event presented by the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) at Leinster House, Louth Senator Ged Nash and former Dublin Senator Fergal Quinn have spoke to representatives from Ireland’s top construction firms.

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Code of Practice – Construction Contracts Act, 2013

The Minister for Employment and Small Business, Mr. Pat Breen T.D., has just published a Code of Practice governing the conduct of adjudications arising under the Construction Contracts Act, 2013.
The Construction Contracts Act, 2013 will apply to certain construction contracts entered into after the 25th July 2016.  The purpose of the Act is to regulate payments […]

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Cross-sector group to discuss how to improve the quality of the Irish existing housing stock

A cross sectoral group of organisations from government, local authorities, industry and charities met to develop a strategy to improve the quality of the Irish existing housing stock.
The residential sector currently accounts for 27% of all energy usage in Ireland and emits 10.5 million tonnes of CO2 annually, making it the single largest source of […]

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Announcing the National Construction Summit 2016, Taking Place in the RDS, Dublin on June 15th

Tom Parlon (right), Director General of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) and Tom Moloney, Managing Director of Construction Information Services (CIS) at the announcement of the National Construction Summit 2016 to be held in the RDS on June 15th
Building on last year’s highly successful event, The National Construction Summit 2016 will be, once again, the […]

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CIF welcomes the Construction Contracts Act

The Director General of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), Tom Parlon, has welcomed the signing of the Construction Contracts Act by Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash.  This gives legal effect to the provisions of the Construction Contracts Act that aims to regularise cash-flow for construction companies and reduce costs by providing for rapid […]

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Minister authorizes Greater Dublin Area Transport Strategy 2016 – 2035

The National Transport Authority has just advised that its work in preparing a Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), 2016-2035 has enclosed (in accordance with Section 12 of the Dublin Transport Authority Act, 2008), that it has been passed by the Minister for Transport, Touris
m and Sport, and has been laid before the […]

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Builders push case for easing security rule

‘Restrictions are not helping the housing market’ tells Construction Industry Federation to Central Bank
To rest its mortgage lending rules for first-time buyers at a face-to-face meeting this week, the Construction Industry Federation rushed the governor of the Central Bank of Ireland.
Philip Lane met the CIF delegation, led by director general Tom Parlon and president Mick Stone, […]

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After court enactment Irish consumers face insurance rises

After a European Court of Justice ruling, consumers face another growth in premiums for home and motor insurance.
The court ruled in a Polish drop that work insurers outsource to demand handlers is not exempt from VAT.
That leaves insurance companies – themselves exempt – facing up to 23 per cent higher expense for the work they outsource on settling […]

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Trinity College has been given a green light to proceed with the development of a €52m student accommodation project Pearse Street in Dublin.

    Trinity College has been given a green light to proceed with the development of a €52m student accommodation project Pearse Street in Dublin.

The scheme intends to demolish the five-storey Oisin House, which is adjacent to Trinity, and the construction of a seven-storey, 13,800 sq m development that will house 278 student accommodation units.
In the planner’s report for the project, DCC expresses some concern over the shape of the proposed redevelopment, particularly from certain parts of campus and Pearse […]

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New Generation planning €250m docklands project

    New Generation planning €250m docklands project

New Generation Homes, the developer led by Greg Kavanagh and Pat Crean, will seek permission for a €250 million office and apartment complex in Dublin’s south docklands from the city council in about three weeks.

The company confirmed yesterday that it is likely to seek planning permission for a 400,000sq ft of offices and 200 apartments, […]

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CIF wants a Minister for Infrastructure and Construction

    CIF wants a Minister for Infrastructure and Construction

As the date for General Election 2016 is announced for Friday 26th February, the CIF (Construction Industry Federation) is calling for the new Government to create a Minister for Infrastructure and Construction.
Speaking yesterday as the CIF publishes its election manifesto and has issued it to candidates running the election, Director General Tom Parlon said :
“I believe […]

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Mortgage rules will slow house building, say developers

    Mortgage rules will slow house building, say developers

The results show that there is clearly a need for a sensible adjustment of the Central Bank mortgage rules as an astonishing 96% of developers said the new Central Bank regulations will have a negative impact over the next two years, according to the inaugural Knight Frank New Homes Construction Survey.
Knight Frank are seeing that […]

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New measures to give boost to housing construction announced

    New measures to give boost to housing construction announced

Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Alan Kelly T.D., and the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, T.D., yesterday announced a number of measures with the aim of kick-starting new housing construction and enhancing supply at more affordable prices.
A number of actions will be initiated from January of next year which will include:
– […]

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“New housing package will increase the supply”, says CIF

    “New housing package will  increase the supply”, says CIF

The announcement yesterday evening (Thursday) by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly that he is to reduce levies for construction and make changes to planning standards, will increase the supply of houses and lower construction costs significantly, according to the Construction Industry Federation (CIF).
Following yesterday’s agreement between Mr Kelly and Mr Noonan, officials are working […]

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Dublin house prices down but prices rise outside the capital

    Dublin house prices down but prices rise outside the capital

The average asking price for homes in Dublin fell by 1.4 per cent in the third quarter but outside Dublin, prices rose by 3.9 per cent, according to the latest House Price Report just released by Ireland’s largest property website, Daft.ie.
The report shows that Dublin house prices rose by just 2.4 per cent year-on-year in […]

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Apple plan for €850m complex in Galway faces six-month delay

    Apple plan for €850m complex in Galway faces six-month delay

Apple’s plans for a high-tech €850 million complex in Co Galway are facing a delay of at least six months. Two appeals to the grant of planning permission for the massive project have been lodged with An Bord Pleanála.
The planning appeals board says it will only make a decision by February. It had been hoped construction could […]

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Minister Slammed Over Ongoing Rent Crisis

    Minister Slammed Over Ongoing Rent Crisis

Fianna Fáil has hit out at the Environment Minister over the continuing rent crisis affecting people Ireland.
Spokesperson on Environment and Local Government Barry Cowen said the rental crisis constitutes a “moral failing” on behalf of landlords.
Figures released by the PRTB revealed a 7% increase in rents throughout the country, with a 9% increase in Dublin […]

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Engineers Ireland urges caution to minister over building regulations review

    Engineers Ireland urges caution to minister over building regulations review

At the 2015 Engineers Ireland Annual Conference in Killarney on Thursday, the Director General of Engineers Ireland and Chartered Engineer John Power said Ireland is once again experiencing growth in the construction industry but it is critical at this time that there should be no easing of compliance with the building regulations.
Mr. Power was speaking […]

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