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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.

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



Room Acoustics

Thermal Insulation

Arachas Corporate Brokers Limited trading as Arachas is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland

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Self Build Insurance

Full Employers, Public Liability and All Risks cover for New Builds, Extensions and Renovations Cover can be taken at any stage of the project. Very competitive premiums

Fingal Insurance Group Ltd is Regulated by The Central Bank of Ireland.

Abbey Marble & Granite Ltd supplies and installs custom made Granite, Marble and Quartz kitchen countertops, bathrooms and Stairs.

We guarantee quality, reliability and a top class customer service.

Phone 01 897 01 05

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….

Aqua Treatment’s aim is to provide solutions to all water problems both for the domestic and industrial markets. We offer an extensive line of products for the most efficient and cost effective treatment of water, for many kinds of water problems.

Planning Permission Ireland

SEAI Sustainable Energy Communities Animation

Self Build Direct is the leading insurance policy offering protection to individuals building or extending their homes.

Our cover leads the market and has been developed after assisting 1,000's of self builders over the last 20 years.

Planning Permissions

Planning application. More....
Planning refused?
Appeal process.
Guidelines for Planning Authorities. More….
Site characterisation form. More….

Cost of construction

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 worked out the finances. More….

Renewable Energy

What kind of renewable energy technology is available to you as a self builder? More.…
The Home Energy Saving (HES) scheme. More.…

* Solar Panels   * Geothermal   * HRV   * Wind   * Wood Pellet   * BER

Health & Safety

Construction work is very dangerous and every precaution should be taken to insure the safety of everyone involved in your project. More....
Technical guidance (Document B)  fire safety

* Health & Safety R
eg’s *
Fire Safety  * Home Security  * Radon * Scaffoldings

Types of house constructions

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

Concrete Homes     * Timber Framed Home     * ICF     * Cob Homes
* Log Houses     * S.I.P     * Steel Frame Houses     * Others

The Benefits of Natural Thermal and Acoustic Insulation

The use of natural insulation in our homes and buildings is very beneficial to us in terms of our health, the saving of heat energy, the preservation of our buildings and the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions More….

Carlow Cornice & Mouldings supplies and fits Cornice, Centrepieces, all types of decorative plaster and fibrous cement mouldings all over Ireland to the highest standard. Highly qualified in restoration in listed buildings. 

Protecting your investment

Insurance is one of those area’s that should always be included in their the budget. This should be the most important part of your project as it is needed to protect your investment. More.…

* Self Build Insurance  * Public Liability * Life Assurance  * Building & Contents

Landscape & Gardening

This area can work out from a few hundred Euro’s to many thousands. Landscaping is down to your individual preference. More....
Making first Impressions Count. More….

Starting a new garden? More….

Outdoor Living - Planning the perfect summer garden More....
How green do you grow?
Gardening in small spaces.More....
Happy With Herbs. More….

We provide a total service package for clients, extending from design, initial planning, through to construction and fit-out.

Mark Stephens

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….

Using Feng Shui in your design

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

Quick Links

Floor coverings
Home Security



Tiles & Stones
Windows and Doors

Information Video’s     -   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

Building Stages

What are the stages for building your house and what kind of things to expect during the build. More….

* Water Connection
Connection to ESB
Connection to Eircom

Insulating your home

What types of internal and external  insulations are available to you and what are the Building Control requirements. More….

The Building Regulations, Part L (2013)

Building airtightness

Tools & Machinery

What kind of tools and machinery are available to you to be used on your project. More….

Heavy Machinery

Power Tools

Health and safety

Building Control Regulations 1997 - 2015. More….
Building Control Regulation S.I.9 of 2014. More….
Building Control  Regulations
SI. 365 of 2015 More….
Declaration of Intention to Opt Out of Statutory Certification S.I.9 of 2014. More….


Credit unions have expressed frustration over the failure by the Government
More than 1,000 'high-demand' homes lying unfinished 'ghost' developments.

Early signs that Help-to-buy could be driving up property prices

Cost of a home to jump 7pc this year and 5pc in 2018

First-time buyers use land as deposit on home to meet 70% rule

Almost 15,000 new homes were completed last year

BCAR S.I.9 has failed and needs to be revoked.

Cash incentives to restore properties in rural areas

BCAR S.I.365 of 2015

As a result of lobbying actions by the RIAI, CIF and other industry bodies the first time buyers grants introduced in budget 2016 will be extremely difficult to avail of by self-builders.
The IAOSB considers this to be discriminatory against citizens….


Building Regulations in Ireland

Septic Tank Regulation

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