Thursday, 19 September 2019

Questions (252)

Darragh O'Brien


252. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the policy in relation to standard BER ratings for new social housing units; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38186/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

New social housing, in common with all new dwellings, must comply with building regulations and current regulations require a typical dwelling to have a Building Energy Rating (BER) of A3.  Some 98% of all new dwellings are built to this standard. The Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) performance for new dwellings represents an improvement in energy and carbon dioxide emissions performance of 70% over 2005 standards and requires renewables on all new dwellings. This is typically equivalent to a BER of A2. These regulations were published in May 2019 and will apply to all new dwellings from 1 November 2019.