Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2006
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards, Information and Education>Information provision, Information and Education>Advice/Aid in Implementation, Information and Education>Performance Label>Comparison label, Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Buildings>New buildings, Buildings>Existing buildings
Agency:Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Legal References:EC Energy Performance of Buildings Regulation 2006 (S.I. No. 666 of 2006)
Description:Upon its publication in the EU Official Journal on 4 January 2003, the EU Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD) entered into EU law, allowing member states until 4 January 2006 to transpose the Directive into domestic building codes. The Directives principal objectives are: to promote the improvement of the energy performance of buildings within the EU through cost effective measures; and to promote the convergence of building standards towards those of Member States which already have ambitious levels. Measures include: - methodology for calculating the energy performance of buildings; - application of performance standards on new and existing buildings; - certification schemes for all buildings; - regular inspection and assessment of boilers/heating and cooling installations. Ireland transposed the EU Directive by way of the EC Energy Performance of Buildings Regulation 2006. In so doing, the Irish government noted the emissions reduction entailed by energy efficiency housing, considering the Directive in the terms of Irish compliance with the Kyoto Protocol. Under the Directive, a Building Energy Rating (BER) certificate, which is effectively an energy label, is now required at the point of sale or rental of a building, or on completion of a new building. The new BER system will be introduced in phases, starting with new dwellings for which planning permission is applied after 1 January 2007, then non-domestic buildings for which planning permission is applied after 1 July 2008 and finally to all buildings, new or otherwise, when offered for sale or letting after 1 January 2009. The BER system for a new dwelling will range for "A1" (most energy efficient) down to "G". The rating will be set out in a certificate, similar in style to those used on domestic appliances, which will be accompanied by an Advisory Report on how building energy performance might be cost effectively improved. The certificate will also include an indication of CO2 emissions arising from space heating, ventilation, hot water usage and lighting; and, consequently, will raise awareness of the contribution of dwellings to global warming. The regulations also require that anyone commissioning the construction of a large new building (total useful floor area over 1,000m2) must consider the economic, environmental and technical feasibility of installing alternative/renewable energy systems at the design stage.

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