Construction industry is slowly but surely getting back on its feet

Following a generation that will be remembered for bad builds, the dawn of a new era could be upon us, writes Quinton O’Reilly

3rd June, 2018
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Standing, from left: John Wickham, senior advisor, Housing Advisors and Building Standards, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government; Sarah Neary, principal advisor, Housing Advisors and Building Standards, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government; Daniel Trnka, senior policy analyst, Regulatory Policy Division, OECD, Paris; Damien English, Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government; Tina-Marie O’Neill, Property Editor, The Sunday Business Post; Stewart Macartney, director, Blyth & Blyth Consulting Engineers, Edinburgh. Seated, left to right: Nason Fallon, assistant principal, Housing Advisors and Building Standards, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government; Pat Nestor, senior building surveyor, Head of Building Control, Dublin City Council; and Arthur Byrne, public safety manager, ESB Networks Pictures: Maura Hickey

The spectre of the housing crash still looms over the construction industry, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. The industry needs a “north star” for both cultural and professional standards, to ensure it moves in the right direction.

Speaking at the Building Regulations and Standards Summit at Croke Park, founder and chief executive of i3PT Certification Eoin Leonard said that simplicity should be the key to how the construction...

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