Construction Industry Resources & Associations

ACEI – The Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI) – established in 1938 – is a voluntary self-regulatory professional body representing the business and professional interests of firms and individuals engaged in Consulting Engineering. As the voice of the Consulting Engineering profession, it assists in resolving issues of importance for clients and Consultants alike and contributes to the development of relevant public policy through involvement in Working Groups, Government Committees, and the development of model Conditions of Engagement, and policy papers, etc.

CIF – CIF is the national and regional representative body for construction industry employers in Ireland. It is recognised by Government and public bodies across the country as the representative body and voice of the construction industry in Ireland and a Social Partner. It has sectoral groups within its structure that ensure that each area of the industry has a voice in the decision making process within the Federation. Key areas where CIF lobby on behalf of members include: Public capital spending programmes, Public sector procurement contracts, policies and procedures, Regulation impacting on the construction industry and construction employers Taxation policy, Issues of concern to specific groups of members. CIF is owned and run by its members through an Executive Body of 34 members appointed by it’s Branches and Associations. All interests both sectorally and regionally are represented in its decision making processes. To support the operation of the CIF and provide expert advice to the Federation’s Committees, Associations and Branches, the CIF has a dedicated team of Executives and support staff. This support structure is only possible because of the centralised approach of the industry to having a single strong sectoral representative organisation representing its interests.

CIOB – The CIOB in Ireland is a busy, active branch with 5 centres located throughout Ireland. We have approx. 2500 members ranging from Students to Fellows. All centers run a variety of interesting CPD events throughout the year, ranging from site visits to workshops, conferring ceremonies to the CMYA competition, seminars and industry dinners. CIOB in Ireland has a very successful Novus group whose aim is to attract new younger members to the CIOB and to help them progress with their professional membership and their careers within the construction industry.

CIRI – CIRI is an official online register, supported by Government, of competent builders, contractors, specialist sub-contractors and tradespersons who undertake to carry out construction works. Its objective is to be recognised as the primary online resource used by consumers in the public and private procurement of construction services. When engaging a CIRI registered construction entity, consumers can be confident that they are dealing with experienced people. CIRI standards are high and only construction companies, sole traders and builders who meet the strict eligibility criteria are registered on CIRI.

CITA – CITA was established as a research project in DIT Bolton St. in association with Waterford IT in May 2001, with the vision of harnessing the potential of ICT in the Irish Construction Industry. CITA was formally incorporated into a company limited by guarantee with no share capital in November 2005. Membership of CITA is open to all stakeholders in the Irish Construction Industry (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Operations – AECO). In addition to attracting a large number of subscribing members, CITA has achieved a lot since its inception in 2001. Since 2008, CITA has secured annual funding from Enterprise Ireland and Skillnets Ltd. for its networking and training programmes. The Alliance works closely with professional bodies and representative organisations of the AECO Sector including at high profile events.

Construction Industry Council – The Construction Industry Council is comprised of representatives of the six largest construction bodies operating in Ireland. Chairmanship of the Council is a rotating position. The Chairman is Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland. Secretarial support is provided by staff of the member bodies on a rotational basis. The Council meets on a monthly basis, and has regular meetings with other professional bodies, government and international stakeholders.

CWHT – The Construction Workers Health Trust was founded in 1994 by the Construction Group of unions affiliated to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. The Trust is dedicated solely to the promotion of better health and lifestyles among construction workers. The Trust is funded by a small levy, paid by workers who are members of the Construction Workers Pension Fund. The Trust operates as a stand alone unit with its own board of Trustees, its own Chief Executive Officer and its own full time, and part time staff.

Engineers Ireland – With almost 24,000 members from every discipline of engineering, Engineers Ireland is the voice of the engineering profession in Ireland. We have been representing the engineering profession since 1835, making us one of the oldest and largest professional bodies in Ireland. Almost 24,000 members come from every discipline of engineering, and range from engineering students to fellows of the profession.

Enterprise Ireland – Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. We work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales on global markets. In this way, we support sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment.

Homebond – HomeBond is a leading provider of structural defect cover for new homes in the Republic of Ireland since 1978. To date more than 600,000 homes have been registered with HomeBond.

IBEC – Ibec is the national voice of business in Ireland. Ibec represents the interests of business in Ireland and provides a wide range of direct services to its 7,500 member companies. Vision: Ibec – The most influential, dynamic business representative organisation in Ireland, driving our business agenda in Europe. Mission: Ibec – Leading, shaping and promoting business policy and conditions to drive economic success.

Institute of Civil Engineers Ireland – There are around 525 ICE members living in the Republic of Ireland and working on a huge range of projects across the country. At the heart of everything we do in the country is the Republic of Ireland Local Association. The association of volunteer ICE members help arrange events, visits to ongoing engineering projects and social activities. It also plays a vital role in helping to increase the profile of civil engineering.

Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Values – The Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV) is a modern, progressive and innovative Institute solely representing over 1,000 Auctioneers and Valuers throughout Ireland.

Institute Structural Engineers – The Republic of Ireland Branch of the Institution of Structural Engineers is the local representative body of the institution. Organising local activities for the institution’s members and providing a conduit for structured communication in both directions.

Irish Concrete Federation – The Irish Concrete Federation is the national representative organisation for the Irish aggregates and concrete products industry which plays a pivotal role in the development of Ireland’s built environment. The Federation represents its members at local, national & European level. The Federation is a member of the European Aggregates Association (UEPG) and the European Ready Mixed Concrete Organisation (ERMCO).

Irish Institute of Surveyors – The institute representing the interest in Ireland of professional and technical persons who are engaged in the profession of Surveying.

Irish Planning Institute – Founded in 1975, the Irish Planning Institute is the professional body representing the majority of professional planners engaged in physical, spatial and environmental planning in Ireland and Irish planners practicing overseas. The Irish Planning Institute’s mission is to advance planning by serving, improving and promoting the planning profession for the benefit of the community and the common good.

Property Industry Ireland – (PII) is an independent and inclusive representative organisation for all sub-sectors of the Irish property industry. It exists to: Promote the role of property in national economic recovery, Return the industry to sustainable levels of growth and activity, Support job creation and retention of professional industry capacity, Develop innovative solutions to current industry challenges, Create and promote a long term vision for Ireland’s property sector, Seek the development of an appropriate institutional industry framework and Rebuild and enhance the industry’s reputation at home and abroad. PII was established in 2011 and continues to grow its membership, which now totals almost 90 firms. The organisation is already actively engaged in discussions with Government, decision-makers, agencies including NAMA and investors to help achieve a better future for the property sector. PII is a sectoral association of Ibec.

ISME – The Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association is the only independent representative body for owners of small & medium business in Ireland. Independent because it’s important for you as an owner manager to know that the body that represents SME’s is Independent of big business, its independent of banks, and independent of government. ISME is owned and run by people who know, understand and believe in small business.

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) – ISO is an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards. Made up of our 162 member countries who are the national standards bodies around the world, with a Central Secretariat that is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

National Guild of Master Craftsmen – The National Guild of Master Craftsmen is the largest organisation representing skilled and accredited tradesmen and builders. Its aims are to protect the skills and integrity of its members and clearly define the skilled from the non-skilled thus enabling the general public to choose a National Guild of Master Craftsmen member to facilitate the service they require. The National Guild of Master Craftsmen has over 7500 members nationwide. With this membership the Guild has the ability to negotiate bulk buying power on group discounts.

National Irish Safety Organisation – NISO, trading as National Irish Safety Organisation, is a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital, registered in Dublin, Ireland with registered office at A11 Calmount Park, Ballymount, Dublin 12 and registered company number 183138. National Irish Safety Organisation is also a charity with CHY number 5573. The Directors of The National Irish Safety Organisation Limited are Des Brandon, Pauric Corrigan, Harry Galvin and Bill Kelly.

NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) – NSAI serves the nation as an independent and impartial advocate of rigorous standards in all aspects of business practice and consumer protection. NSAI manage one of the State’s largest networks of technical experts and facilitators, proudly pulling together for the common good. In line with their beliefs, NSAI make every effort to instil a justified confidence in their role and diverse services. At NSAI that confidence is generated by constantly upholding and striving to practice the six defined organisational values.

RECI – RECI’s overall function is the regulation of the activities of electrical contractors with respect to safety and the requirements of the Criteria Document as set up by the Commission of Energy Regulation (Commission).

RIAI – The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) is the Regulatory and Support body for Architects in Ireland. Support services are also provided for Architectural Technologists. The RIAI engages with government, the professions, industry, clients and the public to promote the value of quality and design in architecture: to deliver attractive and sustainable built environments; to enrich our distinctive culture and heritage; to contribute to the competitiveness of our economy; and to improve quality of life for the people of Ireland, today and for generations to come.

Safe-T-Cert – Safe-T-Cert is a certification scheme designed for certifying the Safety Management Systems of contractors working in the construction industry. The Scheme’s objective is to improve health and safety management by providing objective standards and certifying those contractors whose safety management systems have been assessed, and can demonstrate that they: Are inline with the ILO guidelines for Safety Management Systems, Meet the basic requirements for training and competence, Implement an occupational health and safety management system which meets the requirements of the organisation – incorporating continual improvement, Address relevant national legislation and Demonstrates commitment at all levels within the organisation.

Skillnets – Skillnets actively supports and works with businesses in Ireland to address their current and future skills needs. We believe that training and up-skilling are key elements in keeping Irish companies competitive. Funding groups of companies in the same region/sector, and with similar training needs, through training networks that deliver subsidised training to Irish businesses. Employer needs are addressed through both the preservation and growth of jobs, focusing on skills to maintain businesses and protect jobs as well as the enhancement of new skills to create new jobs. The needs of unemployed people are addressed through activation and conversion by focusing on integrated training with employees and dedicated conversion courses and work placement in areas of employment potential.

Society of Chartered Engineers of Ireland – The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland is the independent professional body for Chartered Surveyors working and practicing in Ireland. Working in partnership with RICS, the pre-eminent Chartered professional body for the construction, land and property sectors around the world, the Society and RICS act in the public interest: setting and maintaining the highest standards of competence and integrity among the profession; and providing impartial, authoritative advice on key issues for business, society and governments worldwide. Advancing standards in construction, land and property, the Chartered Surveyor professional qualification is the world’s leading qualification when it comes to professional standards. In a world where more and more people, governments, banks and commercial organisations demand greater certainty of professional standards and ethics, attaining the Chartered Surveyor qualification is the recognized mark of property professionalism.

SEAI – The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland was established as Ireland’s national energy authority under the Sustainable Energy Act 2002. SEAI’s mission is to play a leading role in transforming Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. To fulfil this mission SEAI aims to provide well-timed and informed advice to Government, and deliver a range of programmes efficiently and effectively, while engaging and motivating a wide range of stakeholders and showing continuing flexibility and innovation in all activities. SEAI’s actions will help advance Ireland to the vanguard of the global green technology movement, so that Ireland is recognised as a pioneer in the move to decarbonised energy systems.

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