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HFA announces 2018 record year of lending for social housing

The Housing Finance Agency (HFA), a State body which provides funding for social housing, have announced 2018 has a record year in lending for social housing provision.

The HFA had loan approvals for social housing, to approved housing bodies ( AHBs), of €615m for the year, for 3,292 homes. This compares to €336m approved in 2017, which represents an 83% year on year increase.

HFA CEO, Barry O’Leary, said: “We have had a very busy year, with a considerable increase in business with approved housing bodies, universities, and the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan through local authorities. Our ability to provide up to 30-year fixed interest rate loans delivers certainty to those organisations developing new social housing.

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Rebuilding Ireland exceeds targets for the delivery of new social housing homes in 2018

    •    27,103 – the number of new households that had their housing need met under Rebuilding Ireland in 2018.
    •    8,422 new homes were brought into the active social housing stock through build, acquisitions, voids and leasing programmes in 2018. (4,251 build; 560 renovated voids; 2,610 acquisitions & 1,001 long-term leased).
    •    There was an 85% increase in new build social homes in 2018 when compared to 2017 (excluding voids).
    •    The number of new social housing homes built in 2018 was eight times greater than the number built in 2015, the year before Rebuilding Ireland (excluding voids).
    •    Construction figures from December 2018 show almost 5,000 new social housing homes currently being built across 291 sites and this is being added to on a weekly basis.
    •    38% delivered by AHB’s in partnership with Local Authorities.
    •    New build and long term leasing is helping us move away from HAP solutions as demonstrated by the fact that new HAP solutions did not increase significantly in 2018, but all other delivery streams did.

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Have your Say on the EPA Research Programme 2014-2020 – Mid-Term Review

Indecon International Research Economists have been appointed to complete the mid-term review of the EPA Research Programme 2014-2020. This review is important - it will help inform any adjustments to the current programme and contribute to the design of the next EPA Research Programme.

It is very important to obtain the views and inputs of individual researchers who:
    •    Have been successful in securing funding from the EPA Research Programme (Link to survey:https://www.research.net/r/EPAResearchers)
    •    Applied but were not successful in securing funding from the EPA Research Programme (Link to survey: https://www.research.net/r/EPAResearchProgramme)

The deadline for completing the surveys: 12th March 2019.

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Discover Innovative Energy Solutions at SEAI's Energy Show this March


Ireland's leading energy event returns to the RDS on Wednesday, 27 March and Thursday, 28 March 2019. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Energy Show features 150 exhibitors of energy saving and renewable energy technologies and services. There are also over 20 expert seminars and workshops.

The annual 2-day event is a must for businesses who want to learn about the latest technologies that can help reduce their energy bills, and for consultants and specifiers who want to stay up to date with developments in the energy sector. Last year, almost 4,500 people attended the SEAI Energy Show and, according to exhibitors, over €90m worth of business was won at the 2018 show.

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Consultation to begin on the Dublin Local Authorities’ Climate Change Action Plans

Public consultation on the Dublin Local Authorities’ Draft Climate Change Action Plans 2019-2024 will begin today, Monday 11th February 2019.
The four Dublin Local Authorities have joined with Dublin’s Energy Agency Codema to develop the Plans, which set out the actions each council will take to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its buildings and operations, while making the Dublin Region more adaptive to the effects of climate change.

Members of the public are invited to make submissions on the Plans throughout the public consultation period, which opens from today and runs until the 25th March 2019.

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