Asbestos safety is ‘price worth paying’

By |2018-03-20T18:51:38+01:00March 20th, 2018|Architecture, Buildings, Construction, Uncategorised|

Dealing safely with asbestos can significantly hike construction costs but it’s a price worth paying to avoid risks to life and business, says Build18 site safety expert Darren Donaghy. The Donegal-based health and safety professional from Donaghy Safety Training has appealed to builders and developers to ensure the required precautions are taken when dealing with the

Choosing a builder? Ask questions first, don’t pay the price later

By |2018-03-20T18:41:06+01:00March 20th, 2018|Construction, Uncategorised|

In selecting the right firm to build your project, it’s important that you ask the right questions, says Build18 health and safety expert Darren Donaghy from Donaghy Safety Training Ltd. Site safety is the responsibility of the person managing the project, whether it’s a self-build or a multi-unit development. With that in mind, it’s vital

House building costs to rise under new rules

By |2018-03-20T18:27:53+01:00March 20th, 2018|Architecture, Buildings, Construction, Uncategorised|

The cost of building a house is set to rise further with the introduction of new energy regulations, says Build18 expert Bill Steele. Proposals for Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) will see a significant hike in construction costs due to increased energy efficiency obligations, says the Letterkenny-based partner in Cullinane Steele Architects. The Build18 team

How will I heat my new home?

By |2018-03-20T18:48:56+01:00March 16th, 2018|Uncategorised|

Choosing a new high-tech heating system will mean an extra €2,300 in your pocket for an average sized property over 12 months.   That might be a no brainer for most people but there are still some who feel that the old way of working is better. However, opinions have changed significantly and continue to,

How to save on heating bills when retrofitting your home

By |2018-03-16T17:30:06+01:00March 16th, 2018|Uncategorised|

When it comes to retro-fitting your home to save on heating bills, there are numerous options - depending on your budget.   Ideally, we would like to re-skin the house either internally or externally. As you’d imagine, externally we use an external insulation. If it’s internal, we’d recommend an insulated board going right around your

Designing the right home for you and Donegal’s planners

By |2018-03-16T16:52:08+01:00March 16th, 2018|Architecture, Uncategorised, Uncategorized|

Designing your dream home involves three key aspects – your lifestyle, your site location and Donegal County Council’s planning regulations.   First of all, you need a home that suits your needs and the way you live your life – not only now but into the future, 10, 20 or 40 years down the line.

The sobering reality of the Christmas party

By |2018-01-22T09:15:41+01:00January 22nd, 2018|Uncategorised|

"Workplace cheer is risky business" Donegal employers should ensure alcohol consumption at the workplace Christmas party doesn’t come at the expense of employee safety, says #Build17 health and safety expert Darren Donaghy. The Donegal-based health and safety professional from Donaghy Safety Training has appealed to employers to ensure that the correct precautions are

Help to buy combats ‘fear of cost’ for self-builders

By |2018-01-23T16:39:41+01:00January 22nd, 2018|Uncategorised|

Build's construction expert is urging anyone considering building their own home in Donegal to fully explore the financial benefits of the Help to Buy scheme. Bert Galbraith of Galbraith Construction, one of the Build's team of experts, says the scheme offers a clear incentive to first-time, self-builders. Ahead of this build expo, Mr Galbraith

Building controls don’t go far enough to protect home buyers

By |2018-01-22T09:09:37+01:00January 22nd, 2018|Uncategorised|

Building controls don’t go far enough to protect home buyers from high energy costs in Donegal, says a local building energy rating expert. Dean Spencer from BER in Donegal says that despite improvements to regulations, the authorities have failed to introduce a fail-safe system of inspection in the construction industry. Mr Spencer, who will

Letterkenny ‘needs 100 homes a year’ as mortgage applications rise

By |2018-01-22T09:03:36+01:00January 22nd, 2018|Uncategorised|

"Letterkenny needs at least 100 new homes per year while self-build applications are on the rise in Donegal" More and more people are looking to finance their own self build projects in rural Donegal while in more urbanised areas demand for housing continues to exceed supply. #Build17 estate agent Gareth McLarnon from Glen