This consultation set out DoF proposals to uplift guidance on energy efficiency and carbon performance requirements for new buildings.
Three options were considered:
- Option 1: do nothing
- Option 2: a 25% betterment of the current emission targets for all new dwellings and a 15% betterment for new buildings other than dwellings; and
- Option 3: a 40% betterment for new houses, and 25% for new flats and 15% for new buildings other than dwellings
Option 2 and 3 also proposed improved minimum standards for building fabric and encourage more air-tightness testing. Further proposals, to take into account updated methodologies and software currently under development for adoption in other regions, are expected to follow in subsequent phases.
Option 3 was the Department’s preferred option and was strongly supported in the consultation responses. The new guidance implements Option 3 to come into effect on 30 June 2022.
The Department delivered the following events for construction industry representatives during the consultation period:
Event 1 - Thursday 21st October 2021at 2pm: An introductory session to explain the proposals, timelines, potential practical out-workings and planned subsequent steps.
Event 2- Thursday 18th November 2021 at 2pm: A session to review and provide clarification on the consultation documents, if necessary, for those responding to the consultation.
A further seminar was held on 17th May to raise awareness in the run up to the new guidance coming into effect.
A recorded awareness briefing can be accessed here.