Energy efficiency and ventilation regulations under review
The ROI Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government has today (10th April 2018) published a public consultation to review the energy efficiency and ventilation requirements of the building regulations for dwellings.
Directive 2010/31/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the energy performance of buildings (Recast) sets requirements at an EU level for Member States to improve the energy performance of buildings and to make an important contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. As part of the implementation of this directive it is proposed to amend Building Regulations Part L Conservation of Fuel and Energy- Dwellings, and Building Regulations Part F Ventilation.
Update 24/09/2018: The Department of Housing told Selfbuild that the new Technical Guidance Document Part L, dealing with energy use (parameters for U-values, insulation, airtightness, windows/doors and heating system), would be out mid October.
The Department also said that Part F which deals with ventilation would be out in November 2018. The software that allows you to calculate whether you’re Part L compliant, DEAP, will be published mid December. It’s also the software that will generate your Building Energy Rating (mandatory on all new builds).
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org