Posted: Dec 16, 2020 / By:
The Housing Agency recently presented a webinar of international experts delivering insights into the regulation and management of apartments and multi-unit developments.
With apartment living on the rise, this recording will be of interest to a wide audience including housing practitioners, professionals, regulators and officials, scholars, and providers.
Speakers explored innovations and trends affecting apartment/condominium living in their countries, and what the future may hold.The implications of the pandemic for apartment living will be considered.
All information correct as of broadcast date. The views expressed in the recording below do not necessarily represent the views of The Housing Agency. Broadcast date: 15 December 2020. Click below to watch:
This webinar featured contributions from the following international speakers, followed by roundtable/Q&A
Dr. Hazel Easthope, Associate Professor, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Robin Dafoe, CEO and Registrar, Condominium Authority of Ontario
Enda McGuane, Residential Committee, Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland
Susan O’Neill, Principal Policy Advisor, Tenures & Housing Quality,
Ministry of Housing & Urban Development
Dr. Nigel Glen, CEO, Association of Residential Managing Agents
This report features case studies from Switzerland, Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark into innovations in design and construction of social, affordable and co-operative housing in Europe.
Posted: Nov 20, 2020 / By:
The Housing Agency and the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) jointly hosted a lunchtime webinar on the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants in managed residential estates, such as apartment developments.
David Rouse, advisor with The Housing Agency, discussed legal relationships in managed estates, and the relevance of the Multi-Unit Developments Act 2011 to landlords and tenants. Emer Morrissey, Assistant Director, Head of Dispute Resolution at the RTB, addressed rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants and dispute resolution in the context of managed estates.
The views expressed by the speakers in this video are not necessarily those of The Housing Agency. All information correct as of broadcast date: 3 November 2020.
Posted: Nov 19, 2020 / By:
Ireland shares many housing challenges with other developed economies, for example, providing the right housing in the right places, addressing affordability and ensuring that our housing stock contributes to sustainability - both sustainable communities and environmental sustainability.
Delivered in a virtual format, The Housing Agency's Housing Conference 2020 will explore these challenges in themed mid-morning sessions over the course of a week. Each session will provide expert input, followed by questions and discussion.
The final session will provide an opportunity for housing practitioners to network and learn about opportunities to further their professional skills and career development.
Participation in each webinar is free, but advance registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Posted: Nov 18, 2020 / By:
The Housing Agency wishes to advise that Susanna Lyons is leaving the post of Head of Regulation effective 30th November 2020. Susanna has been appointed by The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage as CE Designate of Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority, effective 1st December 2020. We wish Susanna every success in her new role.
Steven Sheridan has been appointed Head of Regulation, Regulation Office, Housing Agency. Steven has responsibility for the implementation of the Voluntary framework for AHBs, assessing organisation’s Governance, Financial Viability and Performance Management. Steven will continue to work with the interim Regulatory Committee to ensure the effective oversight of the voluntary environment and its effective transition. Steven's appointment is effective 19th November 2020. We wish Steven every success in his new role.
Posted: Nov 09, 2020 / By:
The Housing Agency's vision is to promote sustainable communities.
Recently The Housing Agency hosted 'Building Sustainable Communities: National & International Perspectives', a series of webinars that considered some of the key elements of future resilient and sustainable communities. Many thanks to our expert speakers for contributing to the series.
Aligning the provision of housing with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing, The European Green Deal, and the National Climate Action Plan 2019 is a response to ensure that housing will be put on a more resilient and sustainable path.
The positive impact of housing and communities; economic effectiveness; inclusion and participation; and cultural adequacy (Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing). The Autumn webinar series built on topics discussed in the Summer webinar series and explores four topics which can facilitate a more resilient and sustainable approach to housing: EU funding for building sustainable housing; the German DGNB Sustainable Building Certification; Community led town centre regeneration; and Sustainable Transport and Housing.
The views expressed by the speakers in these videos are not necessarily those of The Housing Agency. All information correct as of broadcast date.
Financing the future of housing: Insights on EU funding for sustainable housing from across Europe A panel featuring: Lily Maxwell, European Federation for Living; York Ostermeyer, Chalmers University; and Marie Longueville-Chouteau, Vilogia. (15 Oct 2020)
People Power: Community-led town centre regeneration in Dumfries, Scotland Scott Mackay, Midsteeple Quarter project (22 Oct 2020)
Mobility makes sense: Walkability, neighbourhood design and the future of mobility and housing in Ireland Lorraine Darcy, Technological University Dublin (30 Oct 2020)
Making sustainability happen: Insights from Germany on the DGNB Sustainable Building Certification System. Levan Ekhvaia and Stephan Anders, DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council) (5 Nov 2020)
The figures are based on the provision of Supported Housing for 11,400 people over the next 10 years, a number derived from expected projections in Ireland’s population aged over 80 during this time period.[iii]
Supported Housing is housing built specifically for older people, offering some level of care and support.
At the launch of this research today, co-authors Roslyn Molloy and Rory Mulholland outlined the range of Supported Housing options explored and the benefits derived from each:
·Independent Living accommodation (where a low level of additional services would be required) provided through social housing for one older person would generate an annual benefit of €4,700.
·Assisted Living accommodation (where there may be a healthcare manager, housing manager, or an activities coordinator on site, and day care/primary care centres nearby) provided through social housing for one older person would generate an annual benefit of €5,200.
·Specialised Living accommodation (where social and healthcare staff would be on-site, meals would be provided, and care supports would be available 24-7, similar to nursing home care) provided through social housing for one older person would generate an annual benefit of €2,200.
Privately-funded Supported Housing could potentially generate annual savings of €4,000, €9,200 and €20,000 for each accommodation type respectively. Additional savings from private provision are due to the absence of capital costs being met up-front by the State.
Launching the report, Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government and Planning, Peter Burke TD, said:
“As a nation we are living longer, and the number of older people in our population is set to grow significantly in the next ten years. In response, this Government recognises the need to plan ahead to meet the housing and healthcare needs of an ageing population. This research is a significant step in our ongoing work in this area.”
Chief Executive of The Housing Agency, John O’Connor, said:
“While this research began pre- Covid-19, its relevance as we continue to deal with the global pandemic is clear. This year has shown us the power of community.
“Through Supported Housing, many older people can remain in their own communities and maintain a level of independence that would otherwise be lost. It strengthens their connection to family and friends, and provides them with a secure home.
“For many people, residential nursing home care may be the most appropriate form of care into their later years. However, for many the availability of a Supported Housing option would provide a welcome alternative and come with a significant saving to the State. Such savings come from preventing or delaying the need for an older person to access nursing home care, but also by reducing the care needs of those who would otherwise stay in standard accommodation.”
Research outlined in Thinking Ahead: The Financial Benefits of Investing in Housing for Older People was conducted as part of a range of recommended actions under the policy statement ‘Housing Options for Our Ageing Population’, published by the Government in March 2019.
[i] Estimate based on Supported Living provided through the State, rather than privately.
[ii] Average taken from investment in 11,400 units of Supported Housing through a social housing model - 50% Specialised Supported Housing, 25% in Assisted Living, and the other 25% in independent Living.
[iii]The Central Statistics Office has estimated the population of over 80-year-olds in Ireland to increase by 114,000 between 2018 and 2030. Currently, 11.6% of Ireland’s over-80s population are in nursing home care (Census 2016). For this analysis we assume that, of the additional 114,000 over-80s by 2030, 5% can be accommodated in Specialised Supported Housing, 2.5% in Assisted Living, and another 2.5% in Independent Living. This amounts to a total of an additional 11,400 people in Supported Housing.
The report Thinking Ahead: The Financial Benefits of Investing in Supported Housing for Older People was conducted as part of a range of recommended actions under the policy statement ‘Housing Options for Our Ageing Population’, published by the Government in March 2019.
Carried out by The Housing Agency, this research found that, by supporting people to live in homes suited to their needs, an average annual Government saving of €4,650 per person can be made, compared to that individual remaining in their current home or moving into long term residential care.
The figures are based on the provision of Supported Housing for 11,400 people over the next 10 years, a number derived from expected projections in Ireland’s population aged over 80.
On 29 October 2020 the Minister for State with responsibility for Local Government and Planning, Peter Burke TD, launched both the above report, and the Attitudinal Survey of Mature Homeowners, which was conducted by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service.
Posted: Oct 14, 2020 / By:
The Housing Agency has welcomed the announcement of significant investment in housing in Ireland, as set out in Budget 2021.
With a total housing allocation of €3.3 billion – a 24 per cent increase on Budget 2020 –Budget 2021 provides not only the largest investment in housing in Ireland to date, it also indicates a significant commitment to a long-term approach to addressing Ireland’s housing and homelessness challenges.
Welcoming the €110m package of affordability measures outlined at the comprehensive budget briefing from the Minister for Housing, Local Government, and Heritage today, The Housing Agency’s Chief Executive John O’Connor said:
“The Housing Agency welcomes Minister O’Brien’s commitment to a sustainable, and long-term investment in affordable homes for purchase or rent. Our vision is to promote sustainable homes and communities; this budget represents a commitment to that vision.
“In particular, we welcome the investment in affordable purchase shared equity and cost rental homes. Long-term investment in affordable housing is a critical measure to achieve affordability for households into the future.
“With plans to deliver 12,750 new social homes through build, acquisition and leasing programmes, including building 9,500 new social homes, The Housing Agency looks forward to working with the Minister and his Department to achieve the ambitious targets set out in the Budget.
“We will also work with local authorities, approved housing bodies, and the broader housing sector to deliver a sustainable investment in affordable homes for purchase or rent.
“The Housing Agency’s role in housing policy, support and delivery has expanded in recent years, the allocation of €10.8m to the Agency reflects our commitment to deliver homes in sustainable communities to meet current and future needs.”
The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, has extended the pyrite remediation scheme to include the administrative area of Limerick City and County Council, which will see homeowners of dwellings with significant damage attributable to pyritic heave in County Limerick eligible to apply for remediation works under the Pyrite Remediation Scheme.
Previously, only the owners of dwellings located within the counties of Kildare, Meath or Offaly or the administrative areas of Fingal County Council, Dublin City Council, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown or South Dublin were eligible to apply for remediation works under the scheme.
€20m was provided under Budget 2020 to cover the implementation of the pyrite remediation scheme and is a clear signal of the continuing importance attached by Government to addressing the issue of significant pyritic damage in private dwellings. This will bring to approx. €150m the total funding provided under the scheme since 2014.
The latest figures available indicate that up to 2,800 applications have been received under the Pyrite Remediation Scheme. Of these, 2,000 dwellings have been remediated under the scheme at an average cost of approx. €70,000 per dwelling.
Commenting as he visited the 2000th home to be remediated under the scheme in Balbriggan Co. Dublin, Minister O’Brien said, “I am very glad to extend the pyrite remediation scheme to the people of Limerick and I fully intend on ensuring that ultimately all eligible homeowners of dwellings affected by significant damage attributable to pyritic heave can have their homes remediated under the scheme,” he concluded.
The Housing Agency undertakes the remediation of properties affected by pyritic heave once accepted into the scheme through the Pyrite Resolution Board.
Pyritic material is naturally occurring in rock which was inadvertently used as stone fill under concrete floor slabs but is unsuitable for this purpose as it is subject to expansion over time when exposed to moisture. The expansion commonly causes severe cracking of floor slabs and other building elements and can make dwellings uninhabitable.
The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 was enacted to put in place a scheme for the remediation of dwellings adversely affected by pyrite.The Act established the Pyrite Resolution Board who consider applications to the scheme and oversee the procurement of the remediation. Implementation of the Pyrite Remediation Scheme is by The Housing Agency.
The remediation process involves excavation and replacement of the entire ground floor structure within a dwelling, including all associated replacement of finishes, plumbing and electrical services. It normally requires the scheme participant to vacate their home for 3 months while the works are completed.
Full details of the Pyrite Remediation Scheme, including details of how to apply are available from the Pyrite Resolution Board website at www.pyriteboard.ie.