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:Multiple RE Sources>Heating, Multiple RE Sources>CHP
Policy Sector:Heating and Cooling
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. Among other things, the regulations 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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