Energy prices set to rise

Gas and electricity prices are due to rise sharply in the next year.

Barry O'Halloran at the Irish Times reports consumers will face rising energy costs as a result of increased wholesale costs to suppliers including ESB and Bord Gá

Green gaff go-ahead in Britain

Homes of the future should generate the vast majority of the energy they use, but a small amount of near-site or off-site renewable generation

British green grants fall

The number of government grants made to people in Britain who want install renewable energy systems to their homes has halved, reports the BBC. The fall comes after the low carbon buildings programme cut the maximum grant on offer from £7,500 to £2,500.
Figures seen by the BBC show that in 2007, 2,339 grants

Gallery of selected EcoBuild exhibitors

A broad range of sustainable building and renewable energy product suppliers are exhibiting at the EcoBuild section of the Spring House and Garden Show running this weekend. A sneak preview of their stands follows. Anyone interested in attending the show, which runs from Friday till Sunday at the RDS Simmonscourt in Dublin, should visit

Construct Ireland at Spring House & Garden show

Construct Ireland and Easca have a strong presence at this year's Spring House & Garden show in the RDS, and we'll be blogging live from our stand all weekend.

If you're visiting the show drop by our stand in the Ecobuild section where you can meet the team, and we can try and help you with any queries you might have.

Welcome to the new Construct Ireland website

Welcome to the new and improved Construct Ireland website. The new site includes some substantial progress, ranging from an archive of past articles, to a detailed calendar of events, an updated version of our sustainable building jobs section, to this blogs feature. It's our intention to use the blog and news section to keep you up to date with breaking stories related to sustainable

British considering fuel poverty

The British government is considering a voucher scheme to tackle fuel poverty in light of increasing energy costs, reports BBC News Online.

According to the report the government is concerned that rising energy costs are having a negative effect on poorer households. The report also notes that alongside sharp increases in energy costs

Turning on

Electricity is easy to understand, right? It's generated by burning something somewhere or maybe from sunlight or wind, and then races down the wires just in time for you to turn the lights on.

Not quite. Electrical power is so ubiquitous that we don't really feel the need to understand it – and in an ideal world we wouldn't need to – but in today's energy conscious