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Ireland’s Number One Website For Building A House

Irish Association Of Self Builders                                         The Representative Body for Self Builders of Ireland

Welcome to Irish Association of Self Builders, Ireland‘s largest construction web site where you can find information on self building and house construction including the latest innovations, products and services available to you for your self build project.

Protecting your investment

Insurance is one of those area’s that some self builders think they can do without and by doing so they can save themselves some money. “Wrong”. This should be the most important part of your project. More....

Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy is energy gained from sources in the process of which few or hardly any harmful effects on the environment occur.

What kind of renewable energy technology is available to you as a self builder?  More.…

The Home Energy Saving (HES) scheme provides grants to homeowners who are interested in improving the energy efficiency of their home. More....

Danger of Radon Gas in your home

The greatest health risk from radiation in Ireland is caused by radon. It accounts for 56 per cent of the total radiation dose received by the Irish population. Between 150 and 200 lung cancer deaths in Ireland  More….

Here you can see a map showing the areas predicted to be at particular risk from radon -  Radon Maps

Planning Permissions

What to consider and how to approach the planning issue.  Also, watch out for the seven year rule, how does it effect you?  More....

Types of house construction

What types of construction are available to you to build your house. More....


Building Regulations in Ireland

Building Control ( Amendment) Regulations SI 9, 2014 has come to effect from 1st of March 2014 and it will take away  some of your rights as a self builder. You can no longer be involved in the project unless you are registered and certified by the C.I.F with at least three years experience in building construction. More….
Self Builders and BCAR S.I.9 of 2014 - One year on More….

Minister Paudie Coffey "inspection regime for one-off houses should cost no more than €3,500". More….
Mr Kelly revealed that he plans to reform building regulations as a priority

Iaosb Letter to S.I.9 Stakeholders: RIAI, SCSI, ACEI
There will be amendments to self-build and once off extensions. More….
Iaosb Letter to TD’s regarding Building Control S.I.9 More….
Iaosb letter to Minister Kelly - Revoke or Revise S.I 9  More….
Iaosb letter to Mr Robin Mandal, R.I.A.I president regarding S.I.9 More….
Iaosb letter to Minister Alan Kelly. S.I.9 has failed Self Builders More….
Law Society of Ireland - Update on Building Control S.I.9 of 2014  More….
Letter to and from Mr Mark McDermott, Law Society of Ireland.
Letter to Attorney General, Máire Whelan SC from Iaosb Re: S.I.9 More….

Cost of house construction

Owning a house is the biggest investment that most of us make in our lives, so we need to make sure that before we leap into the construction of our dream home we have some sort of idea about how much our project will cost to complete More...

Health & Safety

Construction work is very dangerous and every precaution should be taken to insure the safety of everyone involved in your project. Before you start your project you must ..... More....

Landscape & Gardening

This area can work out from a few hundred Euro’s to many thousands. Landscaping is down to your individual
preference. You can either take it ......
Outdoor Living - Planning the perfect summer garden.....
How green do you grow? .....
Gardening in small spaces.....More....

Using Feng Shui in your design

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of creating harmony and balance in the home and office environment.. Feng Shui means ..... More..

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Home Networking

Home Networking, put simply, is the facility to have all of your homes’ multimedia services, such as TV, Satellite, DVD, More ….

Home Automation

Home Automation, or scaleable power is the ability to better and more efficiently control all of the electrical equipment in ones home. More….

Why Self Build

You are going to own a new home and it is time to decide on whether you should buy an already built property or go for your dream and build a house that matches perfectly with all your needs and requirements. More….

Septic Tank Regulation

All you need to know about Domestic Wastewater Treatment Systems Registration. More.....

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A blog to debate the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations (BCAR)

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