Challenge of building towards a more sustainable future

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On Tuesday, everyone will find out how the Government intends to balance the Budget against the volatile backdrop of the cost-of-living and energy crises.

With many households and communities already feeling the squeeze, some organisations say the country cannot afford to lose focus on longer-term challenges.

In its pre-budget submission for Budget 2023, the Irish Green Building Council (IGBC) set out a series of recommendations to decarbonise Ireland’s built environment, while addressing the housing crisis and rising energy costs.

Since then, the charity has led tours of several new commercial and residential buildings “to show how we can accelerate the transition to a more sustainable built environment for everyone”.

Speaking at Wren Urban Nest, a 137-room hotel which opened in Dublin city centre last year, Pat Barry, CEO at the IGBC said: “This is a milestone this building, it’s the city’s first net zero carbon building. All electricity is from renewable sources; there are no fossil fuels involved. That’s the next step we’re trying to push towards.

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