Just over half of people having a major heart attack call the emergency services within an hour.
The installation of defibrillators in new housing developments could be cost-effective on principle.
That's according to the Director of Western and Midlands region in the Construction Industry Federation, Justin Molloy.
It comes after Westmeath County Councillor John Dolan called for the measure as new research shows just over half of people having a major heart attack call emergency services within 60 minutes of experiencing symptoms.
Mr. Molloy says it would be affordable as long as the practical difficulties were considered: