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Achieving Low Carbon Development through the Planning Process

  • Date(s)
    Monday, 3 October 2016
  • Time(s)
    9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee


  • CPD Credit
    0.5 hours


As Ireland moves towards implementing the EU Energy Efficiency Directives, it is important for Planning Departments to understand the fundamental role energy efficient design plays in achieving a future low carbon built environment. 


The aim of this module is to introduce local Authority teams to the legislative regime that define Irelands obligations to meeting a low carbon future. An overview of some pertinent energy efficiency issues are discussed in terms their relevance to the planning process.

Learning objectives

On completion of the Module, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the legislative background to energy efficiency in the built environment.
  • Recognize the relationship between renewable energy considerations and thermal envelope design in terms the Building Regulations Part L. 
  • Appreciate the relevance of built form and orientation on the passive gain/loss of heat in building design.
  • Be aware of the various existing and emerging standards that impact on the built form such as, NZEB, Passive house, LEED, Breeam, Home performance indicator etc.


  • Introduction and discussion on EPBD, EED, and White paper.
  • Existing Part L requirements.
  • New requirement’s under nZEB, Passive House, Home performance indicator, LEED, BREEAM etc.
  • The implications of Built form on passive solar design.
  • The implications on fabric efficiency such as poor thermal bridging design details.
  • Heating systems
  • Transport & amenities
  • BCAR and the planning implications
  • Building Commissioning and compliance with Planning Conditions

Who should attend?

Local Authority staff with responsibility in Planning, infrastructure development, sustainable energy and environment issues.


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3 October 2016

This course is held in conjunction with SEAI