Many boom buildings do not meet standards

MANY properties built during the early years of the construction boom had inadequate ventilation, fire safety regulations and energy efficiency, according to an unpublished report by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

The report, from 2005, was put into the public domain yesterday by the green building magazine Construct Ireland and was based on an energy performance survey of Irish housing carried out in 2004.

It looked at a representative sample of 150 houses and apartments, along with another sample of 52 homes built between 1997 and 2002, to check for compliance with building regulations on fuel, ventilation and boilers.

It found that none of the 52 properties complied with all three headings, that 13% were not properly insulated on visual inspection and that some of those deemed to have been properly insulated, on further inspection, had insulation missing from the walls and roofs.

While deriving information from a small sample Construct Ireland said it was a shame the information had not been published in 2005 when the study was completed, as it may have had an impact on the future construction of other property developments.

In recent months, the Priory Hall apartments complex in north Dublin had to be evacuated after serious fire safety concerns were raised by the emergency services.

The SEAI said:“Given the nature of this particular research, it was not appropriate nor within the remit of the project to convey the findings as suggested.”

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