Advanced HRV

The Power Of Heat Recovery Ventilation

The Power Of
Heat Recovery Ventilation

Here in the West of Ireland where homes range from historic to contemporary, one challenge remains constant – combating issues of poor ventilation, dampness, and mould. McDonagh Construction is at the forefront of resolving these issues through advanced Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) systems, ensuring your home is not just a structure, but a sanctuary of health and comfort.

The Necessity of HRV in Galway Homes

Galway’s diverse climate can lead to homes suffering from inadequate ventilation, resulting in dampness and mould growth. HRV systems offer a transformative solution by continuously replacing stale, moist air with fresh, filtered air from outside. This exchange is crucial in maintaining a dry, mould-free environment, crucial for both the integrity of your home and the health of its inhabitants.

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We specialise in installing HRV systems that directly target areas in your home prone to poor air circulation. By strategically placing ventilation units, we ensure that every corner of your home receives a consistent flow of fresh air, effectively reducing the risk of dampness and mould buildup.

Benefits of HRV Systems:

  • Improved Air Quality: HRV systems filter out pollutants and allergens, providing relief for those with respiratory issues or allergies.
  • Moisture and Mould Control: By regulating indoor air moisture, these systems prevent mould growth, protecting your home’s structure and your health.
  • Energy Efficiency: HRV systems recycle heat from outgoing air to warm incoming fresh air, reducing heating costs and energy consumption.
  • Enhanced Comfort: Consistent and controlled ventilation ensures a comfortable living environment, free from stuffiness or drafts.

Combat Damp, Mould and Poor Ventilation with Heat Recovery Ventilation

Our team at McDonagh Construction doesn’t just install HRV systems; we integrate them into your home with precision and care, ensuring they meet the unique needs of your Galway home. We adhere to the highest Irish construction standards, guaranteeing a solution that is not only effective but also sustainable and eco-friendly.

For more information on Heat Recovery Ventilation systems and how it can help your home or business, get in touch with us here.

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Inside Office

Innovative Products and Materials for Commercial Buildings

innovative Products
and Materials for
Commercial Building

The construction industry is undergoing a transformative shift, thanks to the advent of innovative products and materials. As we strive for more sustainable, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing commercial buildings, these innovations are playing a crucial role. In this article, we’ll delve into some of the groundbreaking products and materials that are setting new standards in Ireland’s commercial construction sector.

Solar Technology Solutions

One of the most promising advancements in the Irish construction industry is the integration of solar technology. Solar technology solutions not only reduce the carbon footprint but also offer a cost-effective energy solution for commercial buildings.

Energy-Efficient Insulation

One example of energy-efficient insulation is an insulation that is made from sustainable wood-fibre. This insulation material is known for its excellent thermal performance and heat storage capacity. It’s not just about keeping the building warm; it’s about doing it in the most energy-efficient way possible, and wood-fibre insulation is a very clever way of doing it.


Noise pollution is a growing concern in commercial settings. Soprema’s TECSOUND makes soundproofing easy and effective. This innovative product is increasingly being used in commercial buildings to create a more peaceful and productive environment.

Lower Embodied Carbon Range by Kingspan

Kingspan has unveiled its new QuadCore Lower Embodied Carbon range, known as QuadCore LEC. This product aims to reduce the overall carbon emissions associated with building materials, aligning with Ireland’s commitment to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) 

Transparency is key when it comes to sustainability. Many companies have now launched Environmental Product Declarations for their product portfolios, allowing builders and architects to make informed decisions based on the environmental impact of the materials they choose. This allows us at McDonagh Construction to make an informed decision when choosing the best products and materials for your build.

The future of commercial building in Ireland looks promising, thanks to these innovative products and materials. As we continue to prioritise sustainability and efficiency, these advancements are not just optional but essential for the construction industry.

Incorporating these innovative products and materials can significantly elevate the quality, sustainability, and efficiency of commercial buildings. It’s not just about building structures; it’s about building the future.

Would you like to know more about any of these innovative products and materials? Feel free to ask, we would love to hear from you!

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Green Energy

The Race for Renewable Energy

The Race for
Renewable Energy

Betting on the Winning Home Insulation Technology in Ireland

As the world gallops towards a greener future, the race is on to find the most effective home insulation technology. It’s a race where every homeowner and property developer is both a spectator and a participant. The stakes are high, but so are the potential rewards. So, let’s saddle up and explore the runners and riders in this exciting contest.

The Starting Gate: Energy Efficiency

In Ireland, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) offers grants to homeowners looking to improve their home’s energy efficiency, including insulation. The most common types of insulation used in Ireland are mineral wool, polystyrene, and polyurethane. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, and the choice often depends on the specific needs of the building.

The Front Runners: Solar and Wind Energy

Now, let’s take a look at the front runners in the race for renewable energy. In Ireland, solar and wind energy are leading the pack. The Irish government provides support for homeowners who want to install renewable energy systems, such as solar panels or wind turbines, through the SEAI.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems convert sunlight into electricity and can generate all or some of a home’s electricity needs. They are highly reliable, require little maintenance, and can be used in both hot and cold climates.

Wind energy systems, on the other hand, can generate all or some of a home’s electricity needs if sufficient land area and average wind speeds are available.

The Dark Horse: Geothermal Heat Pumps

Don’t count out the dark horse in this race: geothermal heat pumps. These systems use the ground as a heat source and sink, providing efficiencies two to three times greater than commonly used air source heat pumps (ASHPs). While the initial cost is higher, the additional costs can be recouped through energy savings in 10 to 15 years.

The Finish Line: Investment and Value for Money

So, which technology is most likely to cross the finish line based on investment and value for money? It’s a photo finish. The cost-effectiveness of each technology depends on a variety of factors, including the location, the size and layout of the home, and the availability of incentives and rebates in your area.

In Ireland, there are many incentives that can significantly reduce the upfront costs of installing a renewable energy system. Homeowners can also sell any excess energy their solar and wind systems produce back to their utility providers, further increasing the return on investment.

The Winner’s Circle: A Sustainable Future

In the end, the real winner of this race is a sustainable future. By investing in renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies, homeowners and property developers can reduce their carbon footprint, save money on energy bills, and contribute to a greener and more sustainable Ireland.

Whether you’re a homeowner looking to make your home more energy-efficient or a property developer interested in the latest renewable energy technologies, the race for renewable energy is one that we can all get behind. So, let’s get in the saddle and ride towards a greener future together.

Remember, in this race, every step counts. Whether you’re installing solar panels, investing in geothermal heat pumps, or simply upgrading your home’s insulation, you’re helping to push Ireland towards the finish line of a sustainable and energy-efficient future. So, let’s keep the momentum going, because in this race, we’re all winners.

Commercial building

Commercial Building and Renovations for the Irish Public Sector

Commercial Building in the
Irish Public Sector

Comprehensive Solutions

As a leading building contractor in the West of Ireland, we take great pride in providing our clients with comprehensive solutions for their building and renovation needs.

With our extensive knowledge and understanding of this unique landscape, we serve as a single source expert, offering unparalleled confidence and support in all matters related to building and renovations for businesses.

We are highly experienced in the Irish public sector building environment and here we want to break down some important benefits to our valued clients.

  1. Navigating the Irish Public Sector Build Environment: The Irish public sector build environment can be complex and multifaceted, requiring a deep understanding of regulations, compliance, and procedures. As a business owner, it can be overwhelming to handle these aspects on your own. That’s where we come in! Our team has a wealth of experience in working within the Irish public sector, and we are well-versed in the intricacies of the system. We guide our clients through every step of the process, ensuring a smooth and efficient project from start to finish.

    2. Expertise in Regulations and Compliance: When it comes to building and renovating in the public sector, compliance with regulations and standards is of paramount importance. Our in-depth knowledge of the relevant codes and guidelines enables us to design and execute projects that meet all necessary requirements. We stay up-to-date with the latest regulations and ensure that our clients’ projects are fully compliant, minimising the risk of delays, fines, or legal issues.

    3. Streamlined Project Management: In every Commercial Building project that we undertake, our first port of call is to provide our clients with streamlined project management. We understand the unique challenges and specific needs of businesses operating in this sector. From coordinating with various stakeholders to managing tight timelines and budgets, we handle all aspects of the project with utmost professionalism and efficiency. Our goal is to alleviate the burden from our clients, allowing them to focus on their core business activities.

    4. Customised Solutions for Business Needs: At our core, we know that every business is unique, and their building and renovation requirements should be treated as such. We take the time to understand our clients’ specific goals, constraints, and preferences, and tailor our solutions accordingly. Whether you’re looking to expand your office space, renovate a retail store, or construct a new public facility, we have the expertise and resources to deliver outstanding results that align with your vision and objectives.

    5. Single Source Expertise: One of the key advantages of partnering with us for your building and renovation projects in the Irish public sector build environment is having a single source expert. Our comprehensive range of services covers everything from initial planning and design to construction and post-project support. With us as your trusted partner, you can rely on a cohesive and integrated approach, reducing the complexity and hassle of managing multiple contractors and consultants.

Specialised Knowledge & Experience

Building and renovating in the Irish public sector environment requires specialised knowledge and experience. At McDonagh Construction, we offer our clients the confidence of knowing they have a single source expert in all matters related to their projects. From navigating complex regulations to providing tailored solutions, we are committed to delivering exceptional results that meet the unique needs of businesses in the West of Ireland. Contact us today, and let us bring your vision to life in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible.

Zero Rate of Vat on Solar Panels

Zero Rate of Vat
on Solar Panels

As a company who is passionate about sustainable energy, we’re excited to share some great news with you! The Irish Government has decided to reduce the tax rate to zero for people who want to install solar panels in their homes.

This means that it will be much cheaper for families to make the switch to using solar energy to power their homes.

The government hopes that this change will encourage more people to start using solar energy, which will not only save them money on their electricity bills, but also help protect the environment by reducing our reliance on non-renewable energy sources.

It’s important to note that this change is permanent and will come into effect from 1st May 2023. By reducing the cost of installation, more people will be able to afford to install solar panels, which will reduce the time it takes to make back the cost of installation from 7 years to 6.2 years.

So, if you’re a homeowner or planning on building a new home and you’re interested in using sustainable energy to power your home, this is a great opportunity for you to make the switch. By making this change, you’ll not only save money, but you’ll also be contributing to the fight against climate change.

Let’s do our part to make the world a better place!

commercial building

How To Plan A Commercial Renovation

How To Plan
A Commercial Renovation

Undertaking a commercial building, renovation or even a conservation project is a significant undertaking for any business. We have years of experience working with businesses to ensure that their projects are completed on time, on budget, and to the highest standards. In this article, we will provide some tips for you, as a business owner, to consider when undertaking a commercial building, renovation or conservation project. We know it can feel daunting when you are in the planning stages so we hope that these tips will help you get a clear vision in your mind of what you need. 

Plan and design carefully – It may sound simple but it really is essential to plan and design your project carefully. This means you need to start by taking the time to assess the needs of your business and the objectives for the building or renovation, and then work with an experienced builder or architect to develop a design that meets these requirements. A well-designed project will help ensure that you achieve your objectives while staying within your budget.

Set a realistic budget – Setting a realistic budget is crucial for the success of your project. You should consider all the costs associated with the project, including materials, labour, permits, and any unexpected expenses. Your builder or architect can help you to develop a realistic budget, so be sure to work closely with them to ensure that you don’t overspend.

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Obtain the necessary permits and approvals – Depending on the nature of your project, you may need to obtain various permits and approvals from local authorities. This is especially important in restoration builds. Make sure to check what permissions are required before starting the project and obtain them in advance to avoid any delays or complications. 

Consider sustainabilitySustainability is becoming an increasingly important consideration in construction projects. You can incorporate sustainable features into your project, such as energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems, and building materials that reduce your carbon footprint and save on energy costs in the long run. This can be really helpful in reducing your businesses energy costs and is more important than ever in the current economic climate. 

Communicate effectively – Effective communication is key to the success of any project. Make sure to establish clear lines of communication with your builder or architect and keep them updated on any changes or issues that arise. This will help to ensure that the project stays on track and any problems are addressed promptly and makes the job easier for all parties. 

At McDonagh Construction we have over 30 years experience in successful commercial builds and we know that undertaking a commercial building, renovation or conservation project requires careful planning, budgeting, and execution. By considering these simple tips and working with an experienced builder, you can ensure that your project is a success, delivering a space that meets your needs, is within your budget, and meets the highest standards of quality and sustainability.

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Sustainable Building

At McDonagh Construction, we understand the importance of building sustainable and energy-efficient homes. Not only is it better for the environment, but it can also lead to cost savings for the homeowner.