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Latest Irish Green Building Trends: Over half of survey respondents expect to make 60% of their projects green by 2021

Fifty-four percent of Irish organisations participating in the World Green Building Trends 2018 Smart Market Report expect their projects to be green by 2021. This is well above the global average - 47%.

“The number of green buildings has increased significantly in Ireland over the last 5 years” says Pat Barry, CEO of the Irish Green Building Council. “There are substantial social and economic impacts of going green. These buildings create a more productive workplace for occupants and can help with mitigation of climate change. Green Buildings also see benefits for corporate reputation and the building itself has lower volatility in market value.”

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An Taoiseach and Minister Eoghan Murphy visit Phase 1 of the Dolphin House Regeneration Project

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, TD, and Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, TD, have visited Dublin City Council’s Phase 1 of the Dolphin House Regeneration Project  where they met with some of the families who will be getting the keys to their homes shortly.

The development consists of 63 refurbished units and 37 new build units.  Of the 100 units, there are 91 apartments and 9 houses consisting of 40 x 1 bed units, 41 x 2 bed units and 19  x 3 bed units.

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UCD 2018 Alumni Award for Science.

Dr. Mike Byrne receives the UCD 2018 Alumni Award for Science.

Dr. Mike Byrne, one of the founding Directors of Ei Electronics in Shannon was recently honoured by University College Dublin at its 2018 Alumni Awards. Mike received the 2018 Award for Science from UCD in recognition of his lifelong contribution to the development of smoke and gas sensing products. The award also recognised his achievements in building Ei Electronics into the global success it is today.

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View live vehicle emissions data at AQE 2018

Visitors to next week’s Air Quality & Emissions Show (AQE 2018) in Telford will be able to view live emissions data from vehicles travelling on a road close to the Telford International Centre, where the event will take place (21-22nd Nov.)  Ricardo plc, a global strategic engineering and environmental consultancy, will operate the monitoring equipment, providing a live feed into their AQE exhibition stand number No. 74.

“This is very exciting,” comments show organiser Marcus Pattison. “Vehicles are being blamed for urban air pollution, so this will be a great opportunity to see ‘real-world’ emissions rather than car manufacturers’ data. Entry to the AQE 2018 exhibition is free of charge to pre-registered visitors so whilst the event was created for air quality professionals, there is no reason why members of the public or local pressure groups should not also attend.”

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Commission calls on Ireland to finalise the designation of conservation areas

The European Commission is urging Ireland to respect obligations under the Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC) for the protection of natural habitats and species included in the Natura 2000 network.

Member States have to finalise the designation of Special Areas of Conservation (SACs). They also have to establish, for these areas, the conservation priorities, objectives and measures to maintain or restore the species and habitats present in these areas to a favourable condition.

These steps need to be carried out within a six-year deadline which, in the case of Ireland, expired on 12 December 2014. Thus, 255 areas out of 423 have not yet been designated.

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