Thursday, 19 September 2019

Questions (252)

Darragh O'Brien

Question:

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.