Dublin City Council is to invest €2bn on several flat retrofitting projects so as to meet the required energy target of B2 as established by the EU. The EU directive requires the Council to achieve this target across all its social housing stock by 2050.
The Council’s City Architects Division recently evaluated the current state of its 10,250 flats, concluding that more than 8,000 would have to be either retrofitted or entirely replaced. The average cost per flat is estimated to be €240,000, resulting in an average spend of approx. €60m per annum, which is double the outgoings. The unit cost per new build is estimated to be €411,392.
26 complexes have been prioritised for the initial programme of work, which represents 2,625 flats. Some will be retrofitted, while others will be completely demolished and rebuilt. Design Teams have already been appointed to five complexes: 90 apartments at Constitution Hill, 113 flats at Dorset Street, 72 flats at Matt Talbot Court near Mountjoy Square, 128 flats at Cromcastle Court in Coolock and 16 flats at St Andrew’s Court on the Southside. Of the five, only the 90 apartments at Constitution Hill will be upgraded, with 41 new homes also being built on the site.
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