Goodbody’s latest report indicates that a total of 3,223 new housing units were completed in the first four months of 2018 while the Central Bank’s projects that 23,500 units will be delivered this year. Photograph: Alan Betson

In the absence of a reliable gauge on housing supply, Goodbody Stockbrokers has decided to count Building Energy Rating (BER) certificates, which are (...)

The Department of Housing uses electricity connections as a proxy for counting new builds, but this method has proved entirely unreliable.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Ten years on from the crash and we still don’t have an accurate measure of housing output. The one metric that might give us an understanding of the s(...)

The Department of Housing uses electricity connections as a proxy to measure house completion rates, which is valid. But house completions are not the same as new builds. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

There’s no way of getting round the fact that the Government is misleading the public as to the level of house building going on in the economy. By c(...)