Ireland

Addressing the increased potential for cooling energy demand and associated risk of overheating in new and refurbished low energy buildings is becoming an important issue for the industry.
Post date: 11 Apr 2016
Type: Event

Conference for a sustainable built environment   Future Shape, Ireland’s new sustainable built environment event, will take place on 24 May 2016 at the Printworks, Dublin Castle, in Dublin, Ireland, focusing on the latest trends and issues on sustainable, healthy and quality building.   This conference provides a platform for debate among stakeholders from a range of sectors, including professional bodies, product manufacturers and policy makers, to share ideas and solutions.   The conference topics include the following:
Post date: 7 Apr 2016
Type: Event

On Wednesday 17 February, 2016 Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council adopted its county development plan for 2016-2022, including a motion passed by the majority that all new buildings must be built to the passive house standard or equivalent.  
Post date: 23 Feb 2016
Type: News

Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Europe is developing a suite of building energy renovation roadmaps - Energy Performance Protocols - that aim to reduce transaction costs by assembling existing standards and practices into a consistent and transparent process. These tools then enable a marketplace for building owners, project developers, utilities, public programmes and investors to trade in standardised energy efficiency projects.  
Post date: 27 Oct 2015
Type: News

Take part in the ongoing call for contributions to unlock the potential of energy efficiency in buildings as a global asset. Open until 2 October 2015. Note that the most recent ICP Europe Technical Forum web meeting took place on Thursday 24th September.  
Post date: 23 Sep 2015
Type: News

QualiBuild is running a Foundation Energy Skills Programme for 200 building construction workers. It is envisaged to develop and evaluate this course which will be backed by industry and rolled out nationally. Applications are now open for the Foundation Energy Skills programme. Courses are running in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Caven, and Limerick in September, October and November 2015. 
Post date: 11 Sep 2015
Type: News

QualiBuild is funded by the European Commission Build Up Skills Initiative and is being managed and coordinated by Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) with partners Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Blanchardstown Institute of Technology (ITB), the Irish Green Building Council (IGBC) and The Construction Industry Federation (CIF). 
Post date: 11 Sep 2015
Type: Link

Under the European Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU, EU countries should set up an energy efficiency obligation scheme. This scheme requires energy companies to achieve yearly energy savings of 1.5% of annual sales to final consumers.In order to reach this target, companies have to carry out measures which help final consumers improve energy efficiency. This may include improving the heating system in consumers' homes, installing double glazed windows, or better insulating roofs to reduce energy consumption.
Post date: 13 Aug 2015
Type: Publication

The Irish Government has expressed its opposition to the local Dublin authority Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown county council’s plans to make passivhaus standards mandatory for new buildings. According to the Department of Environment, this move would increase the cost and slow down the construction of new homes, and warned that Alan Kelly -  the minister for the environment - would consider invoking a rarely-used legal clause in order to intervene in local planning matters, if needed. Advocates for more energy-efficient housing have criticised this interference from the central government.
Post date: 25 Jun 2015
Type: News