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The European Communities (Inspection and Assessment of Certain Air- Conditioning Systems) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 346 of 2006) were published by DCMNR in June 2006. This transposes Article 9 of EPBD into national legislation.

2 > Status of the implementation

Following a process of public consultation, the “Action Plan for Implementation of the EPBD in Ireland” was published by SEI on in July 2006. This sets out the suite of proposed tasks, responsibilities and timescales required to achieve full implementation in a workable and cost- effective manner. Copies of the plan are available at www.sei.ie/epbd.

The key requirements of the EPBD are being implemented in Ireland on the following phased basis: › Minimum energy performance requirements

› New dwellings – July 2006 › New non-residential buildings – July 2008



Building Energy Rating (BER) › New dwellings - January 2007 › New non-residential buildings - July 2008 › Existing buildings offered for sale or rent - January 2009

› Display of BER in public service buildings over 1000m2 - January 2009

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Feasibility assessment of alternative energy systems - January 2007 Energy efficiency of boilers and heating systems – January 2008 Inspection of air-conditioning systems – January 2008

National calculation methodology

The national calculation methodology for new residential buildings, entitled Dwellings Energy Assessment Procedure (DEAP), is a simplified asset based monthly calculation which conforms to EN ISO 13790. The output of DEAP is in the form of annual primary energy and CO2 emissions arising from the provision of space heating and ventilation, water heating, associated pumps and fans, and lighting, calculated on the basis of a standardised notional pattern of occupancy. DEAP can be downloaded from www.sei.ie/deap.

DEAP, with an accompanying data set of default assumptions based on age/type of construction, will be used for calculating the energy performance of existing residential buildings.

The national calculation methodology framework for non-residential buildings, entitled “NEAP”, is an adapted version of the UK “National Calculation Method”. Under this method, building designers and BER assessors can, according to the complexity of the building, apply either an official simplified asset based calculation procedure entitled “Simplified Building Energy Model” (SBEM) or an approved dynamic simulation software package. A localised Irish adaptation of SBEM has been completed and published, and can be downloaded from www.sei.ie/sbem .

The energy rating of public buildings >1000m2 will be based on an operational calculation methodology.

Requirements for new buildings and major renovations

Official Technical Guidance Documents (TGD L) provide designers and builders with guidance on how to comply with the Building Regulations Part L. These documents can be downloaded from www.environ.ie.

EPBD Buildings Platform >P078_EN_Ireland_August 2008

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