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A sustainable modern office building is low-carbon in its design and construction, and aims for zero-carbon in its operation.

What does a sustainable modern office building look like? And what should it incorporate and why? 1. They are low-carbon in their design and construc(...)

Simon Kelly acquisition: Zurich House (centre) and Blackrock Hall (right). They sit next to the marginally more modern Blackrock Park House (left)

The developer Simon Kelly has acquired the current Dublin headquarters of Zurich Insurance for about €10.2 million. Mr Kelly’s acquisition of the adj(...)

Brexit: "There have been about 55 Brexit-related job announcements to date with about 4,500 jobs created"

Brexit and its implications for the Dublin office market was the talk of the town in property circles in the aftermath of the UK’s vote to leave the E(...)

Consultants for Friends First said there had not been a single planning permission for the change of use of apartments to short-term letting in the city council area since 2016. Photograph: Getty

Dublin City Council has delivered an emphatic “no” to property owners seeking planning permission to change the use of their properties to Airbnb-styl(...)

Friends First has signed up three new tenants for its refurbished office block at 23 Shelbourne Road in Ballsbridge. Finance Ireland, Transaction Ne(...)

Trident House in Blackrock, Co Dublin, is a four-storey over basement block with 21 car-parking spaces.

Zurich Insurance is to expand its presence in Blackrock having just agreed to lease the refurbished Trident House office block which adjoins the shop(...)

Aviva’s operating profits increased by 4 per cent to €63 million. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Aviva Ireland’s operating profits rose by 15 per cent last year to €113 million, driven by its life business following the purchase of Friends First i(...)

The 65 per cent majority stake in Navan Town Centre came on the market in September 2016 for €62 million through Savills and Cushman & Wakefield

A majority stake in Navan town Centre, which was on the market in 2016 for €62 million, has just been bought for about €43 million. However, the off(...)

Ardstone Homes is currently building homes in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Galway. Photograph: iStock

Ardstone Homes, founded by former senior Friends First executives, has secured a €110 million revolving credit facility from Bank of Ireland as it see(...)

Retail property is now undergoing an overdue development phase in Dublin  city centre. Photograph: Alan Betson

In any form of investing, it is always difficult to fight sentiment. This is no less true when considering the negative popular perception that surrou(...)

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