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

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The construction sector is looking more positive than it has for several years, though there is still some way to go.

Tender prices increased by 5 per cent in 2014, following an increase of 3.1 per cent in 2013. Some reports predict that construction costs may increase by five percent in 2015 generally.

Average Irish Construction Prices 2015

The average construction costs table is generated using Bruce Shaw’s Cost Database and sets out typical building construction costs.

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Bruce Shaws Construction Costs

Labour rates and Construction Materials Prices

Turner & Townsend‘s annual construction cost survey provides a comprehensive and detailed overview of construction costs in Ireland, in 2015.

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Turner Townsend Costs 1

Turner & Townsend‘s annual construction cost survey provides labour costs and also the prices for some materials.

Turner Townsend Costs 2

Wholesale Price Index

In May 2015 CSO recorded that all building and construction materials prices increased by 1.6% in the year since May 2014.

The most notable yearly changes were increases in Hardwood (+12.3%), Stone (+8.5%) and Glass (+6.4%), while there were decreases in Other Structural steel (-4.4%), Ready mixed mortar and concrete (-2.8%) and Concrete blocks and bricks (-2.5%).

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.

Additionally, if your project needs to comply with the provisions of  the newly amended Building Control Regulations, you will have to consider:

  • Design Certifier Fees
  • Assigned Certifier fees
  • Increased Contractor’s Costs

Other Resources

In August 2014 TABULA published “A detailed study on the energy performance of typical Irish dwellings“.

This study contains indicative prices for upgrades to Roofs, Wall Insulation, Floor Insulation, Heating Systems, Ventilation Systems and Renewable Energy Installation.

The figures displayed are the result of market research carried out by IHER Energy Services Ltd in July – August 2014.

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