The Department of Housing Planning, Community and Local Government, the Office of Public Works, the Department of Education and Skills, the Health Services Executive and Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland have recently published an Interim NZEB Specification for Public Sector buildings.
This document sets out a performance specification for new buildings owned and occupied by Public Authorities after 31st Dec 2018. It is intended that this specification will form the Nearly Zero Energy Buildings requirement in the interim period until the new 2017 Part L for Buildings other than Dwellings takes effect.
About NZEB Standard
The European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive Recast (EPBD) requires all new buildings to be Nearly Zero – Energy Buildings (NZEB) by 31st December 2020 and all buildings acquired by public bodies by 31st December 2018.
‘Nearly Zero – Energy Buildings’ means a building that has a very high energy performance, Annex 1 of the Directive and in which “the nearly zero or very low amount of energy required should be covered to a very significant extent by energy from renewable sources, including energy from renewable sources produced on-site or nearby“.