About Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of SelfBuild & Improve Your Home magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

New energy grant for ROI

New energy grant for ROI

ROI homeowners will now be able to claim up to half of the cost of their home’s energy upgrade, under a new Deep Retrofit scheme launched at the SEAI Energy Show, however you will have to group with your neighbours to qualify. €5 million has been ringfenced for homeowners who want to upgrade their homes to an ‘A’ rating […]

ROI ‘locals only’ planning rules on the way out

ROI ‘locals only’ planning rules on the way out

Sligo’s County Development Plan is being revised to remove ‘locals only’ planning rules, SelfBuild has learned, with counties Galway and Kerry considering similar moves UPDATE 30 MARCH 2017: A spokesperson for the Department of Housing confirmed to SelfBuild changes to the rules at a ministerial level were underway: “The Department is presently engaged in consultations with planning […]

Help to Buy scheme causes confusion over deadlines

Help to Buy scheme causes confusion over deadlines

Self-builders who want to avail of the Help to Buy scheme as of 2016 must apply by 31 March 2017 The Help to Buy (HTB) scheme, which helps ROI first time buyers put down a deposit towards purchasing or building their home through a tax rebate, is causing some confusion among self-builders who have drawn down the first tranche […]