In a trend that should be noted by Irish developers, the first of 8 legislative acts of the European Union in the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package came into force on 9 July 2018.
The revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EU) 2018/844 includes measures that will accelerate the rate of building renovation towards more energy efficient systems and strengthen the energy performance of new builds. In particular, the directive encourages the introduction of smart technology to new and renovated buildings. It also promotes cost-effective renovation work, simplifies inspections of heating and air conditioning systems, creates a framework for providing parking spaces to electric vehicles, and introduces a “smartness indicator” for energy performance. The directive, which will be followed by a suite of similar measures, must be transposed into Irish law before 10 March 2020.
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