The Department of housing estimates that 45,000 new homes will be required between now and 2020, and a staggering 550,000 new homes by 2040. The question remains, however, who is going to build these homes and where will they get the skills to deliver the nZEB standard.
The government has been quick to put in place an action plan with ambitious targets set to deliver new rapid-built houses that are urgently needed. A procurement process has already taken place for Dublin city council. With this in mind, NZEB Ireland sees a unique opportunity to put together a number of experts to discuss the opportunities and challenges in providing such large volumes of high-quality rapid build construction in Ireland.
With targeted policies it is possible to deliver affordable, low energy sustainable housing at scale. Not only is it possible but it is essential that we do so. The presentation will identify demand and supply issues, the challenges and solutions to the countries affordable housing crisis.
In Austria this concept was used for the “PopUp dorms”, student dormitories for 87 students. The construction costs of this private financed buildings were lower than for social housing. The prefabrication took only 8 weeks and the construction was done within one week ready to live.
It is crucial at this time to avoid the risk of delivering poor quality in the rush to meet
the urgent housing need. The focus of local authorities must be to deliver speed without
Prefabrication of timber based buildings can solve the housing crisis. It also enhances the quality, cost certainty and reliability of building construction. Due to the responsible use of wood, more houses lead to more carbon storage, which helps the planet and its people. That is why Cree consequently sticks with the principles of repeatable BIM design and prefabrication with renewable building materials.
Over the past five years the Dublin School of Architecture has developed a range of upskilling programmes in Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) for building design professionals. From our experience in developing upskilling programmes in Nearly Zero Energy Buildings it is clear that the extent of the knowledge gap within the disciplines of the Architecture, Engineering and Construction needs to be addressed.
In the Teeth of a Homeless crisis, Dublin City Council began considering an emergency housing program in 2014 and, examining available vacant sites in Dublin City Council area for the swift delivery of new homes for homeless families. Dublin City Council began to procure the first “Rapid Build” Pilot project in October 2015. Planning Permission was given through Emergency Powers by the Chief Executive of Dublin City Council. The 22 no. new homes were completed in phased blocks between March and May 2016.
Dr Shane Colclough
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