E charging point infrastructure to be introduced on all new builds

The ROI Department of Housing is considering new rules that will require all new homes, including self-builds, be wired for the future installation of e charging points.

This provision is already in place for all NI new builds whereby e charging points aren’t necessary to install but the house must be wired for easy installation. A public consultation is expected to be published today on the department’s website with comments open until March 2020, the Department of Housing’s Sean Armstrong told a conference, the World NZEB Forum, in Dublin today (14th November 2019). The public consultation was expected for non residential buildings and apartment blocks; in those cases the department envisions e charging points to be installed. The measures, when finalised after the public consultation, are expected to be rolled out by 2025. UPDATE 5th December 2019: The public consultation is now up on the Department of Housing website; submissions can be made to buildingstandards@housing.gov.ie before 5pm on 20 Jan 2020. According to the Department press release dated 05/12/19: “The estimated cost to install cabling in new houses with a car park space within the property boundary is in the order of €150 per house. This is estimated to be 0.06% of construction cost.” “Home recharging is considered the primary method of recharging for the majority of electric vehicles in Ireland. Recharging at home at night is very cost-effective and is to the benefit of the electricity system as demand is generally low at these times.”

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Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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