This consultation sets out DoF proposals to uplift guidance on energy efficiency and carbon performance requirements for new buildings.
Three options are 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 propose improved minimum standards for building fabric and encourage more air-tightness testing. Further proposals, to take into account updated methodologies and software currently under consideration in other regions, are expected to follow in subsequent phases.
DoF is seeking comments and views of interested parties on the proposed changes. Your views will help to inform the development of final policy proposals prior to the DoF Minister bringing these forward for consideration by the NI Executive and assembly.
The following events are planned for construction industry representatives:
Event 1 - Thursday 21st October 2021at 2pm: An introductory session to explain the proposals, timelines, potential practical out-workings and planned subsequent steps. The registration link can be found here
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. The registration link can be found here
NOTE: These events are not an alternative to submitting a formal consultation response.