The Passive House Institute is set to launch details of Passive House Plus and Passive House Premium - two new categories of building certification designed to add microgeneration of energy into the world's leading low energy standard.
Pressure from sectors of the building materials industry last November forced a delay in the publication of a database detailing the carbon footprint of building materials in Ireland, Passive House Plus can reveal.
Velux has warned that if the British government's 'green deal' fails to win the confidence of consumers it could be a "kick in the teeth" for the energy efficiency retrofit market. The green deal will allow homeowners to pay for energy upgrades via loans paid back through their energy bills.
Dr Brian Motherway has been appointed chief executive officer of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Motherway joined SEAI in 2006 and has recently held the role of chief operations officer. He holds bachelor and master's degrees in chemical engineering and a PhD in Sociology.
The government has launched a public consultation on its proposed new building control regulations. Environment minister Phil Hogan announced the new rules last year following the high profile failure of the Priory Hall development in Dublin to meet fire regulations, but details have just been released.
Environment minister Phil Hogan and public expenditure and reform
minister Brendan Howlin today launched Green Tenders, Ireland's first
green public procurement action plan. The aim of the plan is to
encourage public authorities to purchase more sustainable products and
The action plan stresses that green public procurement can be a "driver
for innovation" and "provide a competitive advantage for emerging
The government's cuts to its Better Energy grants will cost jobs and
make it extremely difficult for Ireland to meet its retrofit and energy
reduction targets, green building magazine Construct Ireland has warned.
Following the budget, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
reduced grants for cavity wallinsulation from €320 to €350. Grants for
internal and external wall insulation were also reduced — previously
these were €2,000 and and €4,000 respectively, but now separate rates
have been introduced for different house types, with the maximum being
€1,800 for internal insulation and €3,600 for external.
Environmental groups have criticised the EU's new Energy Efficiency Directive for failing to mandate member states to make big energy savings over the next decade.
According to the European Commission, the plan will deliver 20% energy savings across the union by 2020. However, Friends of the Earth said the directive would "not make savings to the extent promised, or on the scale needed to fight climate change".
The government has published its draft national action plan on green
public procurement (GPP). Environment minister Phil Hogan said the plan,
when finalised later this year, will apply to all personnel involved in
procurement across the public sector.
The plan aims to ensure the government
purchases sustainable products and services in areas such as
construction, energy, food and transport.
The government is withdrawing grant support for heat pumps and biomass boilers and reducing grants for other energy efficiency upgrades as part of its new Better Energy national building upgrade programme. The government has allocated an additional €30m to the programme this year in addition to the €60m set aside in this year's budget. It expects the extra funding to support an additional 2,000 jobs in the retrofit sector in 2011.
Government grant schemes for energy upgrade measures such as insulation,
heating controls and renewable energy systems are running as normal,
energy minister Eamon Ryan TD has told Construct Ireland. The minister
said that €99m is set aside for the Greener Homes scheme, Home Energy
Saving scheme and Warmer Homes scheme in 2011.
One million residential, public and commercial buildings in Ireland will get energy upgrades by 2020 under the latest national retrofit strategy. A consultation was launched this morning on the plan, which will aim to deliver 8,000 GWh of energy savings between 2011 and 2020.
Energy Minister Eamon Ryan yesterday announced the government’s new
support price structure for bio-energy. The guaranteed support price
will range from 15 cent per kilowatt hour to 8.5 cent an hour depending
on the technology deployed.
A new coalition of Irish business leaders has issued an open letter
urging the government to leverage the State’s €17bn annual procurement
spend to develop the green economy.
The CEOs and managing directors of companies including Siemens Ireland,
Airtricity, Ecocem, Glen Dimplex and Bord Gais have signed up to Green
for Growth, a coalition calling for the state to commit to buying
greener goods and services to keep Ireland competitive domestically and
Green for Growth, a coalition of leading Irish businesses set up to
demand strong government leadership on green procurement, will be
launched tomorrow, Friday 14 May 2010 in The Annesley Suite, Alexander
Hotel, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 at 12pm. The coalition has been
organised by Construct Ireland magazine.