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Grafton Merchanting Joins the Irish Green Building Council

    Grafton Merchanting Joins the Irish Green Building Council

Grafton Merchanting, Ireland’s leading building merchanting company has announced that it has joined the Irish Green Building Council (IGBC). The move forms part of Grafton Merchanting’s ongoing commitment to sustainability at a national and local level. Grafton Merchanting is the first reseller to join the IGBC which was set up in 2011 to create a […]

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Ballymun’s Rediscovery Centre Wins SEAI Sustainable Energy Building Award

    Ballymun’s Rediscovery Centre Wins SEAI Sustainable Energy Building Award

Funded by the Government of Ireland, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced the winners of its Sustainable Energy Awards. The Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun, Dublin received the Buildings Award. The Awards reward excellence in energy management in businesses, communities and public sector organisations.
The Rediscovery Centre is a creative space in Ballymun connecting […]

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Majority of Construction Companies Plan to Implement BIM Within Next 3 Years

    Majority of Construction Companies Plan to Implement BIM Within Next 3 Years

A European survey conducted by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB NI), as part of a Belfast Met-led EU Horizon 2020 BIM (Building Information Modelling) programme known as BIMcert, has shown that two thirds of construction companies are planning to implement BIM within the next 3 years, highlighting the increasing need for companies to adopt and […]

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Kingspan Joins Science Based Targets Initiative to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Kingspan Joins Science Based Targets Initiative to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Kingspan Group, a global leader in high performance insulation, building fabric, and solar integrated building envelopes, has joined over 370 companies worldwide in committing to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The initiative is a partnership between the World Resource Institute, the World Wildlife Fund, CDP (formerly the Carbon […]

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€8 Million in Government Funding Awarded by SEAI to Innovative Energy Research Projects

    €8 Million in Government Funding Awarded by SEAI to Innovative Energy Research Projects

The Government has announced €8 million in funding to support 45 innovative energy projects in companies and research institutions across Ireland. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is responsible for awarding the funding to the 45 projects which aim to develop solutions that will help our homes, businesses and communities deliver a cleaner energy future. […]

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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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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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Heiton Buckley Unveils Newly Refurbished Monaghan Branch

    Heiton Buckley Unveils Newly Refurbished Monaghan Branch

Heiton Buckley, Ireland’s leading supplier of doors, floors, bathrooms, garden, plumbing and heating products, has officially unveiled its newly refurbished Monaghan branch. Located in Milltown, the branch was originally opened in November 1984 as Pattons of Monaghan and was owned and operated by David Patton before being acquired by Heiton Buckley on the 14th of October 1996. […]

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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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Major New Report on Housing Outlines Policy Actions to Boost Affordability and Supply

    Major New Report on Housing Outlines Policy Actions to Boost Affordability and Supply

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has launched a new national campaign – Better Lives, Better Business championing new policies across four key pillars – housing, infrastructure, planning and sustainability. Better Lives, Better Business is a campaign that aims to make Ireland a better place to live and to work so that Irish businesses can more effectively attract […]

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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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International Conference on Building Great Cities to Take Place in Cork

    International Conference on Building Great Cities to Take Place in Cork

Hundreds of international delegates interested in the opportunities and challenges facing ‘cities on the rise’ will travel  to Cork next month, June 27-30 for the  annual congress of the international Academy of Urbanism.
The controversial US ‘ godfather of gentrification’ , Richard Florida, who has been derided by some for  espousing a development philosophy that forced working classes […]

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Sisk Commits to Double Energy Productivity

    Sisk Commits to Double Energy Productivity

John Sisk & Son, Ireland’s largest construction company, has become the first Irish business to join global energy efficiency initiative EP100. As part of its EP100 membership commitment, Sisk has pledged to double its energy productivity within 25 years, joining companies such as Schneider Electric, Johnson Controls, Danfoss and H&M in demonstrating climate leadership by reducing energy use.
Supported by The Climate Group, which leads EP100 in partnership with the Alliance to […]

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Tyndall National Institute and IERC Collaborate on €600,000 Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Project Success

    Tyndall National Institute and IERC Collaborate on €600,000 Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Project Success

The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) has welcomed new research funding from the EU Horizon 2020 Initiative to develop models for assessing energy efficiency retrofit options in buildings. The IERC is collaborating with Tyndall National Institute and have jointly secured €600,000 in energy research funding to deliver the H2020 ‘RECO2ST Project’.
The project builds on a […]

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Government Funding of €10 Million For Energy Efficiency Design Projects

    Government Funding of €10 Million For Energy Efficiency Design Projects

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is now accepting applications from organisations planning an investment in a new design project or major energy upgrade. The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten TD, secured an allocation of €10 Million in Budget 2018 for the Excellence in Energy Efficient Design (EXEED) programme.
The €10 million allocation will be used to […]

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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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Airsynergy Scoops Major UK Tech Award

    Airsynergy Scoops Major UK Tech Award

Airsynergy, one of Ireland’s leading cleantech firms, has scooped the top award for ‘Renewable Energy Technology of the Year’ at the third annual Energy Awards 2017. The awards, which took place recently at the London Hilton Hotel, recognise international excellence in the energy market and are attended by some of the most senior operators in […]

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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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£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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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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Ecocem Ireland Launches First Hybrid Weather Resistant Bag

    Ecocem Ireland Launches First Hybrid Weather Resistant Bag

Ireland’s premier producer of high performance, low carbon cement Ecocem Ireland has announced its new product development for the bagged cement market in Ireland and the UK. The upgraded offering sees the traditional paper bag being replaced by a stronger, more durable weather resistant hybrid bag.
Micheál McKittrick, Managing Director of Ecocem Ireland, comments: “The purpose of […]

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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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Microsoft’s New Irish Wind Energy Agreement

    Microsoft’s New Irish Wind Energy Agreement

The national body charged with helping Ireland to transition to a low-carbon economy has welcomed a new agreement by Microsoft to become one of the first multinational technology companies to support a new wind project in Ireland. Microsoft Corp. has announced a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with GE to purchase 100 percent of the […]

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SEAI and OPW Partner on Energy Saving Pilot Programme

    SEAI and OPW Partner on Energy Saving Pilot Programme

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is working in partnership with the Office of Public Works (OPW) to help make government buildings more energy and cost efficient with the added benefit of making them warmer and healthier places to work. The Central Government Building Upgrade Fund, funded by SEAI and administered by the OPW, […]

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First EU-wide Tool For Sustainable Building Performance Reporting

    First EU-wide Tool For Sustainable Building Performance Reporting

The European Commission has launched the pilot phase of ‘Level(s)’, a new EU- framework for sustainable buildings, which will help transform the building sector. It is the first tool of this kind that has been developed for use across the whole of Europe.
Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella said: “Level(s) can help […]

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Kingspan Insulation launches $25 million XPS line expansion

    Kingspan Insulation launches $25 million XPS line expansion

Kingspan Insulation in North America pulled out all the stops as it marked the commissioning of its new GreenGuard XPS manufacturing line in style with a ribbon cutting ceremony last month. The $25 million expansion at the company’s Winchester plant is part of Kingspan’s growth strategy for the North American market. This facility is in […]

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SEAI says backing sustainable energy will improve lives, meet environmental challenges and back jobs

    SEAI says backing sustainable energy will improve lives, meet environmental challenges and back jobs

Ireland faces significant challenges ahead and only the improved delivery of sustainable energy solutions can help improve citizens’ quality of life, protect the economy and allow us meet the challenge posed by climate change. That was the message from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) as it launched its new five-year strategy recently.
The new […]

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Guaranteed Irish marks September as ‘Construction Month’

    Guaranteed Irish marks September as ‘Construction Month’

Leading industry representatives will share their insights on how to develop Ireland’s construction sector in a sustainable way as part of the Guaranteed Irish ‘Construction Month’ this September.
Guaranteed Irish is a business membership organisation with over 300 members nationwide, including leading construction, hardware, manufacturing and DIY firms such as CRH, Tegral, Wavin, Kingspan, Combilift, Celuplast, Dulux, […]

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Dublin Airport Central shortlisted for Excellence in Environment Award

    Dublin Airport Central shortlisted for Excellence in Environment Award

daa’s Dublin Airport Central building has been shortlisted in the Sustainable Buildings Excellence in Environment category for the 2017 Chambers Ireland Corporate Social Responsibility Awards.
This award recognises work being carried out by Irish and multinational companies to improve the lives of its employees and to enhance the civic environment in which they operate.
One Dublin Airport Central is […]

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Planning granted for solar energy farm in Clare

    Planning granted for solar energy farm in Clare

Clare could become the first county in Ireland to generate electricity from solar energy following the granting of planning permission to Terra Solar to develop and operate the company’s second solar farm in Firgrove, Sixmilebridge.
According to a report in the Clare Champion, construction on the Terra project is expected to commence mid next year, creating […]

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SEAI launches New five year strategy

    SEAI launches New five year strategy

Ireland faces significant challenges ahead and only the improved delivery of sustainable energy solutions can help improve citizens’ quality of life, protect the economy and allow us meet the challenge posed by climate change. That was the message from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) as it launched its new five-year strategy today.
The new […]

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Renewable gas could replace over one quarter of fossil fuel gas supply

    Renewable gas could replace over one quarter of fossil fuel gas supply

Gas derived from renewable sources, such as food waste, animal manure and grass, has the potential to replace more than one quarter (28%) of gas supply by 2050 according to a new study by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The study, which looks at the availability of renewable gas sources and estimates the […]

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Derry to benefit from EU links in developing energy efficiency and seafood offering

    Derry to benefit from EU links in developing energy efficiency and seafood offering

According to a report in the Connaught Telegraph, a collaboration between Derry and a constellation of European cities, designed to help the local authority develop more efficient integrated energy systems, maintain sustainable urban mobility and ICT infrastructure and emphasise the North West’s seafood offering, has been hailed by local councillors.
Derry City and Strabane District Council’s […]

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Up to a million Irish homes need a deep retrofit to boost energy efficiency

    Up to a million Irish homes need a deep retrofit to boost energy efficiency

Deep retrofitting of our housing stock is recognised as one of Ireland’s biggest energy efficiency challenges and also a major economic and employment opportunity. This was the theme of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) inaugural National Deep Retrofit Conference which took place recently at the Aviva Stadium.
As many as one million homes built […]

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Ecocem to open second UK import terminal

    Ecocem to open second UK import terminal

Ecocem Ireland has upped its export capacity with the official opening of its second bulk import terminal, capitalising on the potential to supply the London/south east construction market.
This is Ecocem Ireland’s second bulk import facility in the UK and is located in Sheerness in the Port of Medway. Ecocem Ireland are a subsidiary of Irish […]

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SEAI to begin ‘Towards Zero’ energy efficiency programme

    SEAI to begin ‘Towards Zero’ energy efficiency programme

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is setting out to improve the energy performance of existing homes across Ireland. The ‘Towards Zero’ programme will kick off at the National Deep Retrofit Conference on the 21st of June in Dublin where delegates will share experiences of deep retrofitting of homes.
“Over a number of years we […]

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Kerry producing 14% of wind energy

    Kerry producing 14% of wind energy

According to a meeting of Kerry County Council, Kerry is generating 14% of the State’s wind-derived electricity with just over half of all the turbines granted planning in Kerry already erected or under construction. 217 of the 411 turbines granted planning have already been built or are under construction, two-thirds of them in North Kerry.
A […]

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SEAI begins journey ‘Towards Zero’ for energy efficiency in homes

    SEAI begins journey ‘Towards Zero’ for energy efficiency in homes

As many as one million homes built in the last century are considered to be significantly energy inefficient. This means higher energy bills and, in some cases, poorer health and wellbeing for the homeowners. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is set to begin a programme ‘Towards Zero’ to address this, aiming to significantly […]

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Tipperary students win top honours at SEAI One Good Idea National Final

    Tipperary students win top honours at SEAI One Good Idea National Final

Ursuline Secondary School from Thurles in Co Tipperary has been named the winner of this year’s Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) One Good Idea competition for their campaign ‘Wattaware’. The campaign aims to raise energy awareness and tackle climate change by educating people in their community on the long term savings the can make […]

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Tipperary to achieve 33% energy reduction target by 2020

    Tipperary to achieve 33% energy reduction target by 2020

Tipperary County Council has signed up to an energy partnership with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to adopt cost saving and efficiency measures to ensure its energy consumption is reduced in line with the 2020 public sector energy efficiency target of 33%.
The partnership programme helps public bodies to save money, improve the environment […]

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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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Irish organisations could capture over €200m of solar PV sector

    Irish organisations could capture over €200m of solar PV sector

According to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) which published ‘Ireland’s Solar Value Chain Opportunity’ at the recently-held SEAI Energy Show, solar PV (photovoltaics) is set to become one of the most important and fastest growing energy technologies globally to help us meet climate change goals. Irish organisations could capture over €200 million annually […]

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Micheál McKittrick appointed MD at Ecocem Ireland Ltd

    Micheál McKittrick appointed MD at Ecocem Ireland Ltd

Ecocem Ireland Ltd, one of Ireland’s leading producers of high performance, low carbon cement, has announced the appointment of Micheál McKittrick as Managing Director, Ireland & UK. Micheál has been appointed to the Irish firm at a time of expansion both domestically and internationally. His role involves the management of all aspects of the Irish […]

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Energia’s Donegal windfarm goes into production

    Energia’s Donegal windfarm goes into production

Energia’s €145 million Donegal windfarm has started supplying renewable energy, with the potential to provide enough energy to power 50,000 homes. At 95MW, the wind farm in Meenadreen is the largest of its kind in the country. Ireland’s second-largest wind farm is in Knocknacummer in Co Cork, which has a capacity of 87.5MW across its […]

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BIM4Analysis 2017 Webinar

    BIM4Analysis 2017 Webinar

The IES team will hold the next instalment of their IES Faculty BIM webinar series on Thursday 2nd February 2017. They’ll share the latest updates on their BIM4Analysis strategy, as well as their interoperability development work, helping you improve Revit to IES data exchange and enhance your BIM workflow with analysis. They also plan to […]

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Construction Industry Set to Grow by 9% Annually up to 2020

    Construction Industry Set to Grow by 9% Annually up to 2020

The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) launched a career website on Monday in the wake of a report that construction activity can sustain an additional 112,000 jobs up to 2020 with an estimated €17.8billion worth of projects in the pipeline in 2017.
The DKM economic consultants report, Demand for Skills in Construction to 2020, indicated that the […]

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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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€15.5 Million Wind Farm Opened In Co. Antrim

    €15.5 Million Wind Farm Opened In Co. Antrim

Gaelectric officially opened its £13.4 million (€15.5 Million) wind farm on Thursday, November 17, at Cloonty in Co. Antrim. The 9.2MW wind farm is located on the Castlecat Road between Derrykeighan and Bushmills.
Cloonty is renewable energy and energy storage group Gaelectric’s fouth operating wind farm in Northern Ireland. The Company has 184MW of operating wind […]

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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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