Germany has a reputation for high quality craftsmanship, an attention to detail and a positive attitude to sustainable and healthy housing. Jason Walsh visited a new German-built house in County Dublin to see if the expertise can be exported.
State asked to pick up the pieces as PPP schemes flounder
Desperate builders develop social conscience?
Housebuilder McInerney Holdings has warned it is facing difficult conditions in both its Irish and UK markets and that, as a result, it is delaying new site starts and focusing on its affordable
Ireland not alone in collapsing property market
The Times reports that house prices in Britain are likely to fall by seven per cent in the next year alongside a 40 per cent fall in sales.
Interestingly, Britain is currently suffering from an acute housing shortage with
Mintel survey says 'times is tough'
The Irish Times reports that 67 per cent of Irish consumers are now more mindful of rising living costs.
The Mintel Ireland survey, Irish
Life on the most northerly inhabited island in Britain can be very tough indeed. On Unst the winters are harsh, and the winds brutal and relentless, regularly sweeping across the treeless landscape at more than 100mph. But Unst is the island chosen by a retired couple from Wiltshire to build one of the world's greenest houses - a "zero carbon" home powered entirely by the wind and the sun. It sits on the same latitude as southern Greenland, but will soon boast lemon trees, grapevines and green pepper plants in its greenhouse, an electric car powered by the wind, and floors heated by drawing warmth from the air.
Now over US$127 per barrel
As if we weren't bored hearing about oil prices, BBC News Online is reporting that the commodity is now over US$127 a barrel, an all-time high.
Oil prices have hit a record high above $127 a barrel on speculation that China will
Half of Ireland's construction companies have stopped building houses while they attempt to offload existing properties.
A report published today by Merrion Capital said that the current housing oversupply will take more than twelve months to clear up.
"The overall conclusion