Minister Peter Burke Visits New Clúid Housing Scheme in Milltown
Tuesday 1st February 2022
54 Family Homes
Clúid Housing today welcomed Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government and Planning, Peter Burke TD to a planned new social housing scheme in Milltown, Co. Kerry. The 54 high quality family homes, due for completion later this year, have been under construction since December 2020. The new homes cost €12m to develop and are located in close proximity to all local amenities in Milltown including transport, schools, shops, services and community facilities.
The project is the result of a partnership between Clúid Housing, Kerry County Council, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, the Housing Finance Agency (HFA) and Thermohouse, a Killarney-based sustainable building manufacturer. When complete, the scheme will be allocated to those on Kerry County Council’s housing list.
60% Faster Construction
The Milltown development consists of 48nr 3-bed semi-detached and 6nr 4-bed semi-detached homes. The new homes are being built using Thermohouse’s unique low energy building system. As well as being up to 60% faster than traditional construction, the houses have superior levels of airtightness, considerably reducing their heating costs. The new houses are nearly Zero-Energy Building (nZEB) compliant as mandated by the EU energy directive for new builds completed after 31 December 2020. The Building Energy Rating (BER) of the houses is A1 and the construction comes with a 60-year structural guarantee.
Speaking during today’s visit to the Milltown scheme, Clúid Housing’s Senior Supply Manager, James O’Halloran said: “We are delighted to welcome Minister Burke to this new development here in Milltown. Despite the challenges we’ve all faced over the past two years, it is terrific to see this scheme edging closer to completion. These 54 new homes will be of the highest quality with A2 BERs that support the creation of greener communities, and more energy efficient homes. For our residents, that means a better quality of life and lower fuel bills. We are really looking forward to completing this project and most importantly, providing good quality housing and services that enable people to create homes and thriving communities.”
Michael Cronin, Managing Director of Thermohouse said: “We are delighted to once again partner with Clúid on the delivery of high quality, rapid build homes that are future-proofed, more energy efficient and benefit from a 60-year system guarantee. Through our manufacturing facility in Killarney, we are proud to offer a lower carbon footprint for delivery in Ireland.”
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About Clúid Housing
Clúid Housing is an independent, not-for-profit charity, and is the largest approved housing body (AHB) or housing association in Ireland. Established in 1994, Clúid leads the way in providing high quality, affordable rented homes to people in housing need. We work in partnership with local authorities to provide housing to those on social housing waiting lists. Clúid own and manage over 9000 properties providing a home to over 24,000 people.
Our team of almost 300 highly qualified professional employees are committed to providing quality housing and services that enable people to create homes and thriving communities. For more information visit www.cluid.ie
Established in 2006, Thermohouse employs 120 staff locally at their head office in Killarney, manufacturing all products on-site and supplying developers directly. The company has accumulated a wealth of experience supplying products and services to some of the largest and most complex residential projects across UK and Ireland.
Thermohouse has invested heavily in cutting-edge technology to deliver products and building solutions to a range of customers. Thermohouse enjoyed some recent TV attention when their Thermoroof panels were featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs: The Street. Full details of Thermohouse products see www.thermohouse.ie