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[Country review]

P78

25-08-2008

Deirdre Flood

Sustainable Energy Ireland

Ireland

Implementation of the EPBD in Ireland: Status and planning – August 2008

This paper provides official information about the Directive implementation process in Ireland. For further details please visit the referenced web sites or contact the responsible institutions.

1 > Legal context

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The legal transposition of the EPBD in Ireland is the responsibility of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government – DEHLG (all Articles except 8 & 9) and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources – DCENR (Articles 8 and 9).

The EC Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 666 of 2006) were published in December 2006. These transpose elements of Article 5 [consideration of alternative/renewable energy systems during the design of large buildings] and Article 7 – [Building Energy Rating (BER)] into national legislation and assign to Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) the role of “issuing authority” for BER.

The Building Regulations (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I. No. 873 of 2005) amending the Building Regulations Part L, which deal with the minimum energy performance requirements for new buildings, were published in December 2005. These come into operation from 1 July 2006 and, inter alia, give legal effect to Articles 3 - 6 of the EPBD. These have been further reinforced by the Building Regulations (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 854 of 2007) which have significantly strengthened the energy and CO2 performance requirements for new housing and come into operation from 1 July 2008. It is planned to further amend the provisions of the Building Regulations by mid 2008 to include the national methodology for calculating energy performance of non- residential buildings.

The above regulations were preceded by the EC (Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations 2005 (S.I. No. 872 of 2005), published in December 2005, which enabled the making of national regulations to give effect to the EPBD.

Outline details of a proposed campaign to encourage the voluntary inspection/servicing of boilers were notified to the EU Commission on 31 August 2006 - Article 8(b) of the EPBD.

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