Public Consultation on the Draft Guidance for Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings

16 July 2021

From: Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Published On: 19 July 2021
Open for submissions from: 19 July 2021
Submissions closed on: 17 September 2021

To view the Irish language version click here.

1. Why we are launching a Public Consultation
2. How to get involved
3. Documents
4. Terms and conditions
5. What we will do with your response

Why we are launching a Public Consultation

This draft guidance has been developed as an action of the Climate Action Plan 2019 (Action 50d) to develop guidance for retrofitting traditional buildings. Its purpose is to update and build upon the advice and principles included in the existing Advice Series publication ‘Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings’ (Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, 2010) in order to provide clear and robust advice to professional users, such as specifiers and installers, while being accessible to a wide audience.

Purpose of the Guidance

Under Ireland’s Climate Action Plan 2019, 500,000 homes must be retrofitted to a B2 equivalent Building Energy Rating (BER) or cost optimal equivalent or carbon equivalent by 2030. All public sector buildings, of which around 15% are traditional buildings, are to achieve a BER of B by 2030, with around one third of commercial properties aiming to achieve the same target. The EU’s Renovation Wave aims to at least double the annual energy renovation rates in the next ten years.

While the current emphasis on energy retrofit of buildings is important, the integrity of those buildings of traditional construction, which have a cultural heritage value, needs to be respected. To upgrade these buildings to achieve the required BER rating, or as close to it as possible, their specific physical properties and performance need to be considered. The risks of inappropriately applying energy-efficiency methods designed for use on modern construction to traditional buildings include potential damage to the character of the building, the building fabric and the health of the building occupants.

Given the nature of the historic building stock, the guidance is intended to be strategic more than prescriptive. Its purpose is to describe and, where appropriate, to illustrate best practice, what energy-efficiency outcomes this should achieve, and to establish the principles and processes by which due consideration of the factors involved can be properly considered. This guidance will be applicable to both residential and non-residential traditional buildings.

How to get involved

Please give us your views by responding to our online questionnaire which can be accessed here by close of business on 17 September 2021.


Draft Guidance on Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings

Privacy Statement – Public Consultation on the Draft Guidance on Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings

Terms and conditions

All submissions and comments submitted to the Department for this purpose are subject to release under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 and the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007-2014. Submissions are also subject to Data Protection legislation.

Personal, confidential or commercially sensitive information should not be included in your submission and it will be presumed that all information contained in your submission is releasable under the Freedom of Information Act 2014.

What we will do with your response

Please note that submissions received may be made available on the Department’s website, unless otherwise requested. In any event, all submissions received will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and Data Protection legislation. See also the Privacy Statement.