As reflected in Rebuilding Ireland, the accelerated delivery of 50,000 social housing homes by 2021 is a key priority for this Government. In this regard, my Department continues to work very closely with local authorities and Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) to support the delivery of these much needed social housing homes across the country.
In relation to the Deputy's specific query, my Department is currently preparing general economic design guidance, incorporating sample internal layouts for homes. This is aimed, predominantly, at local authorities and AHBs. The document demonstrates how a variety of house types and apartments can be designed to meet the target floor areas, as set out in the Quality Housing for Sustainable Communities - Best Practice Guidelines for delivering homes sustaining communities. The preparation of the design guidance document is well advanced and I expect it to be published for consultation in the coming weeks.