Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA)

The Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA) has launched a comprehensive report providing detailed new analysis on the issues related to housing affordability and supply in Ireland.

The report, Putting Affordability at the Heart of the Housing System, was prepared for IHBA by the leading consultancy firm EY-DKM Economic Advisory Services.

The business environment and associated regulatory requirements for house building today has altered dramatically to that pertaining some five years ago. The IHBA provides house builders and developers with the information and knowledge required to operate successfully in today’s complex, fast-changing and increasingly challenging regulatory and business environment.

With the ever changing landscape of the Irish construction industry in mind the CIF, through the IHBA provides a broad range of services designed to support companies engaged in the development and housing sectors, to all members that interface with the statutory planning system and building control systems.

Planning Services

Members can get expert support on all planning issues such as statutory processes, Part V social housing obligations, development contributions, taking in charge of developments and bonding.

“Members will recoup the cost of membership several times over during the course of the year by accessing the CIF’s comprehensive range of services.”

Planning And Development Services & Housing Department

The Planning & Development Services and Housing Department promotes and represents member interests in relation to all matters relating to planning and development, house building and related regulatory requirements.

The Department updates members on on-going regulatory changes impacting upon the development and house building industry. It ensures that member views are formally considered and communicated as required to policy and decision makers including Government Departments, Local Authorities, utility companies and agencies. The Department also provides one-to-one support and advice to members.

The Department supports the following CIF Policy committees in formulating industry policy:

  • Taxation, Investment and Public Spending Committee
  • Building Regulations and Registration of Builders under CIRI Committee
  • Finance Assets and Working Capital Committee

The Department supports and services the Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA), which represents house building members of the Federation. The role of the IHBA is to promote, represent and protect the interests of members of the Association.

Sub-committees at work

The Taxation, Investment and Public Spending Committee oversees the development of CIF policy across economic and fiscal headings, and manages the preparation of submissions including the Annual Budget Submission to the Minister for Finance on behalf of the Federation.

The Building Regulations and Registration of Builders under CIRI Committee considers industry policy in relation to the Building Regulations code and associated regulatory requirements and the registration process for builders under CIRI.

The Finance, Assets and Working Capital Committee maintains and develops CIF’s relations with banking and financial institutions generally and ensures that members’ policy concerns are articulated as required for appropriate attention.

Grassroots strength

The Department, through the grassroots strengths of its members, has affected significant policy change on behalf of the development and residential/house building industry and has inputted to all legislative changes affecting the sector. It is the leading source of information and advisory services on all planning and development and housing related issues.

Regular updates are issued to all members pertaining to trends, challenges, solutions proposed and emerging themes.

The Department’s services are delivered through a network of regional branches. With a presence countrywide, members are assured of a one-to-one policy, advisory and support service when they need it.

The Department supports and represents members directly when required in discussions with Local Authorities, State Agencies and utilities. In addition, Federation support is available for member firms when faced with challenges in labour related activities.

Key Contacts

James Benson – Director of Housing, Planning & Development

James Benson is a qualified Engineer and Quantity Surveyor graduating from Waterford Institute of Technology and Dublin Institute of Technology respectively. James spent several years of his professional career surveying with building contractors before specializing in the field of passive fire protection before joining CIF.

James offers support and advise to the members, liaison with local authorities and is developing a field of expertise within building regulations and planning services for members.

He also services the following regional branches of the CIF – Kildare, Kilkenny/ Carlow, North East, Wicklow/ North Wexford.

Lorraine Hosty – Executive, Housing Services

Lorraine joined the CIF in 2017 and has 7 years’ experience working in the construction industry on a national and international level.

Lorraine is the Housing, Planning & Development Executive in the CIF and provides advisory services to all CIF members in relation to Housing, Planning and Development and Building Regulation. Lorraine also provides executive support and advice to the Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA) on a wide range of regulatory and advisory topics.

Lorraine is working with the Admissions and Registration Board for the Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI), the registration process for builders and contractors.

01 4066028

Cathy Gurry – Administrator

Cathy joined the CIF in 2003 and over the following years, Cathy worked in the Industrial Relations and Manpower Department giving advice to members regarding Employment Law and HR issues. More recently in addition to advising members in Employment Law, Cathy now offers full-time support to the Housing Director, in an administrative role.

01 4066008

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