Winter 2011 Archive

Unfinished housing developments

John O’Connor of the Housing Agency says that there have been improvements in the situation regarding unfinished developments in Ireland. Unfinished housing developments around the country are of serious national concern. Improving the living environment for the residents in these developments and for the wider community is at the core of

Registering title

JENNIFER DEMPSEY explains the implications for vendors and purchasers of compulsory registration. There are two mutually exclusive systems for registering title in Ireland: the Registry of Deeds; and, the Land Registry. Both are now controlled and managed by the Property Registration Authority. Confusingly, land registered in the Registry of Deeds is stated

Four green fields

ANN-MARIE HARDIMAN spoke to Society members to get a snapshot of land transactions and prices around the country. As everyone knows, the Celtic Tiger led to unprecedented land prices in rural Ireland, but the crash brought prices tumbling down again, and they are now a fraction of what they were

Going green

DERMOT KEHILY examines the question of what constitutes a ‘green building’ and explores the United States Green Building Council’s rating system – LEED. Sustainable development is defined in the Brutland Report (1987) as “development that meets the needs of today without compromising future generations in meeting their own needs”.

Pillars of Professionalism

The Surveyors Journal reports on the first Annual Conference of the new Society. Over 300 members of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland gathered in Chartered Accountants House in Dublin on October 21 for the first annual conference of the new Society. In his welcome to delegates, Society President John