According to the latest data, housebuilding in Ireland is facing increased demand, with some indexes experiencing a record high in activity levels.
According to the Central Statistics office, 4,419 new homes were built in Ireland in the second quarter of 2018, up 34.1% over the same time last year. A total of 7,909 new homes were constructed in the first half of this year.
A big increase in housing schemes appears to be propelling the higher levels of housebuilding in Ireland. This conclusion arises from figures derived from building energy certificates, ESB grid connections, information from GeoDirectory and data from Revenue.
Most of the new homes were part of a housing scheme while only 26% were standalone projects and only 11% were flats. 78% were built in urban environments. 60.5% of all new homes were completed in Dublin and the Mid-East in the second quarter of 2018.
Statistician Laura Flannelly said that the number of homes completed due to housing schemes was 2,761 during the second quarter, an increase of 54.4% over the year before. 26.2% of all new homes completed were single dwellings, the lowest proportion since recording began in 2011.