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Plan the 110,000 New Homes in Sustainable Communities and Avoid Mistakes of the Past

Published: Thursday, November 27, 2014


RIAI calls on the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to plan the 110,000 new homes in sustainable communities and avoid mistakes of the past.

Dublin, 27 November 2014, the RIAI has called on the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to plan the 110,000 new homes in sustainable communities. RIAI President Robin Mandal said: "The shortages are in specific areas where the delivery challenges are the greatest - the houses are required in cities and towns and will require excellence in design to deliver sustainable communities.  The boom period has shown that houses of the wrong quality in the wrong location will not help alleviate the problems.

The RIAI has been raising concerns about the potential shortages since 2011 and would call on the government, in addition to addressing the immediate needs, to use the population information available to develop medium and long-term plans for identifying future needs, so demand is better anticipated and can be supplied in a more timely manner guaranteeing better value for money.

“To create sustainable communities in our suburbs, we must look to create ‘urban villages’, making greater use of vacant land or under-utilised sites for new housing or community services”, said the President.  A sustainable built environment enriches Ireland’s distinctive culture and heritage, contributes to the competitiveness of our economy and improves quality of life for the people of Ireland, today and for generations to come.

The Irish state had an excellent track record in delivering quality social housing schemes. The challenge of the current crisis will be to deliver quality homes in as short a time frame as possible, whilst ensuring that we are getting value for money through quality design and building.

RIAI President, Robin Mandal is available for interviews and comment, media contact: Kathryn Meghen, Deputy CEO, RIAI, 01 6761703, kmeghen@riai.ie
Editor’s Notes:  About the RIAI
Founded  in  1839,  and  celebrating  its  175th  anniversary  in  2014,  the  RIAI  (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) is the regulatory  and  support  body  for Architects  in  Ireland.  Support services are also provided for Architectural Technologists.  The RIAI engages with government, the professions, industry, clients and the public to promote the value of quality and design in architecture. The RIAI is designated as the competent authority for architecture in Ireland under EU Directive 2005/36/EC. As the official registration body under the Building Control Act 2007, the RIAI is committed to discharge its obligations for administration of the Register of Architects in Ireland.

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