Murphy launches consultation to improve energy efficiency in new buildings

Date published: 12 October 2021

The Department of Finance has today launched a consultation proposing increased energy efficiency standards for new buildings. Finance Minister Conor Murphy took the opportunity to visit a  ‘passive’ house in Crawfordsburn to see first-hand how energy efficient measures can help improve energy performance.

Launching the consultation Minister Murphy said: “Improving the energy performance of buildings is vital in tackling climate change.

 “The new standards my Department is proposing are designed to ensure new buildings are greener, with lower emissions helping to protect the environment. Better energy efficiency measures will also help minimise energy bills for hard working families and businesses. 

 “I would encourage everyone to have their say on this important consultation before it closes on 19 December.”

 The Department’s proposals are the first step in an ambitious programme of improvements over the coming years, which will include further uplifts to energy efficiency requirements, as well as steps to address standards on ventilation and overheating.

The consultation will run until 19 December 2021 and further details can be found at


    Notes to editors: 

    1. Photo caption: L – R  Director of Royal Society of Ulster Architects Ciaran Fox, Finance Minister Conor Murphy and homeowner Helen McGlinchey at the launch of the Department of Finance’s energy efficiency consultation.
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