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Building Costs in Ireland 2016

THIS ARTICLE IS OUTDATED – Click here for our most recent post about Construction Costs in Ireland (2019).


Every year we share useful information to guide you on the costs for your construction project in Ireland. This article will help you to estimate an approximate figure for your building costs.

You can read our other articles in this series here.

Following the difficult years of the global financial crisis Ireland is now the fastest-growing economy in the EU. Overall construction output in 2016 is expected to improve by 2.6%.

Demand for construction activity continues to rise but the industry will continue to face resourcing challenges to meet demand.

Average Irish Construction Prices 2016

The average construction costs table is generated using Bruce Shaw’s Cost Database and sets out typical building construction costs. Bruce Shaw’s database is the largest construction cost database in Ireland.

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Average Irish Construction Costs 2016. Source: Bruce Shaw

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Turner & Townsend‘s annual construction cost survey provides a comprehensive and detailed overview of construction costs in Ireland, in 2016.

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International building costs per m2 of internal area, in 2016

International building costs per m2 of internal area, in 2016. Source: Turner & Townsend

Labour rates and Construction Materials Prices

Turner & Townsend‘s annual construction cost survey provides labour costs and also the prices for some materials. Their cost escalation forecast for 2016-2017 is 6%.

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Labour and Materials Prices, 2016. Source: Turner & Townsend


The latest monthly data from CSO recorded that all materials prices increased by 1.1% in the year since July 2015.

The most notable yearly changes were increases in Sand and gravel (+11.0%), Stone (+8.3%) and Fabricated metal (+7.4%), while there were decreases in Copper pipes and fittings (-4.2%), Glass (-4.1%) and Ready mixed mortar and concrete (-2.0%).

Guide to Rebuilding Costs in Ireland

The Society of Chartered Surveyors publishes every year a guide to rebuilding costs in Ireland. This guide is intended to assist in insuring a house and the costs included are based on building rates as of June 2016.

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Table of Rebuilding Costs June 2016. Source: Society of Chartered Surveyors.

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SCSI also provides a House Rebuilding Cost Calculator here. This calculator can be used as a guide to give you a minimum base cost for your construction project.

Typical Exclusions

There are a number of other expenses that you should also consider when estimating your project. See some of the exclusions that may apply to your project here.

Architect’s fees will vary based on a number of factors ranging from size and complexity to level of the service required. These two articles provide some guidelines:

Additionally, you may also need to allow for:

  • Design Certifier Fees
  • Assigned Certifier fees

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  1. Jonathan Smith

    This is really valuable information on how to calculate our construction cost in Ireland. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Edvinas

    Very valuable post Isabel! thank you for sharing this every year!

  3. Anonymous

    The self builder is the only one to suffer with these regs and funnily enough was the one who built the best home they could as it was in there interest to do so. Hopefully the new minister might see sense and tweak the regs so as to encourage self building not the other way round.

  4. day

    It focuses on areas where Irish costs are out of line with those in key competitor countries and concentrates on costs that are largely domestically determined.

  5. Anonymous

    Well, You gave a clear explanation about this category and you made a good site it’s very interesting one and very help us. I am impressed with your information that I have read here. Thanks for sharing the best and useful information.

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