Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA)

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.

presenters and CIF team at Revenue’s eTax Clearance eRCT SIN Seminar held in the CIF in 2016 Back from l to r Top row CIF staff: Sean Downey, Jeanette Mair and Martin Lang.

Front row from l to r: Revenue Team: Sean Nolan, Brian Farrell, Paddy Faughnan and Maura Conneely.

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

Hubert Fitzpatrick – Director, Housing, Planning & Development

Hubert Fitzpatrick is responsible for a range of policy functions affecting the construction industry including finance and banking matters, taxation and budgetary policy, housing, development, planning and regulatory policy and the introduction of proposed registration process for the construction industry known as Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI).

Hubert is also Director of the Irish Homebuilders Association and Director for the Federation’s Eastern Region.

01 406 6036
Jeanette Mair

Jeanette Mair – Economic and Policy Research Executive

Jeanette is the CIF’s Economic and Policy Research Executive. She works with Federation policy committees and Directors, helping guide policy across a spectrum of economic / industry / fiscal / regulatory / development issues. She is also responsible for carrying out and commissioning new research, expanding the CIF’s information databases, preparation of submissions and strategy papers and advocating on various industry matters to support CIF’s dialogue with key policy stakeholders.

Jeanette joined the CIF in 2007 as Housing, Planning and Development Executive, a role she held until 2017. She was Project Manager of CIRI (Construction Industry Register Ireland) from 2013 to 2017 during which time she oversaw the establishment and operation of the new register. Jeanette has been Manager of the CIF’s Register of Heritage Contractors since 2011.

01 406 6035