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 SelfBuild & Improve Your Home magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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