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Minister Eoghan Murphy publishes breakdown of social housing delivery in 2018 on a local authority basis

As part of a commitment to drive greater transparency and accountability for the delivery of social housing across the country, Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government Eoghan Murphy has published social housing delivery figures for the high-level programmes of build, acquisition, leasing, HAP and RAS for all 31 local authorities.

In 2018, delivery against target has been published, on a quarterly basis, on the Rebuilding Ireland website and the full year of activity by each local authority can now be reviewed on the website.

Overall, the target for social housing delivery in 2018, under Rebuilding Ireland, was exceeded by 6% and the housing needs of over 27,103 households were met.


Grant expands air source heat pump offering

Grant expands Aerona3 air source heat pump offering

Driving sustainable offerings within the plumbing and heating industry, leading manufacturer of heating technologies Grant has extended its range of highly efficient Aerona3 air source heat pumps (ASHPs) following the launch of a new 12kW model which incorporates R32 refrigerant. Leading the way as Grant’s greenest heat pump yet, the Aerona3 12kW R32 ASHP will join existing models within Grant’s Aerona3 range which are available in outputs of 6kW, 10kW and 16kW.  The Aerona3 R32 heat pump uses a more environmentally-friendly refrigerant which provides cleaner operation whilst continuing to deliver its renowned excellent performance.


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.


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.


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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