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Public Consultation on the Review of Part L (Conservation of Fuel and Energy for Buildings other than Dwellings) 2017

The Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D., has announced a public consultation on his intention to review Part L of the Building Regulations (Conservation of Fuel and Energy) and to amend the accompanying Technical Guidance Document L 2008 for Buildings Other Than Dwellings.

Why we are launching a Public Consultation

The proposed amendments have the overall objective of improving the energy and carbon performance of new buildings other than dwellings and to transpose the EU requirement for nearly zero energy buildings and major renovations, without imposing a disproportionate burden on industry in terms of bureaucracy or costs.

Directive 2010/31/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the energy performance of buildings (Recast)(the "Directive") sets requirements at an EU level for Member States to improve the energy performance of buildings and to make an important contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Article 9(1) of the Directive requires Member States to ensure that:-

  • by 31 December 2020, all new buildings are nearly zero-energy buildings; and
  • after 31 December 2018, new buildings occupied and owned by public authorities[1] are nearly zero-energy buildings.


How to get involved

Submissions and comments on the review of Part L should be submitted on the Template for Submissions only and sent by email to

Housing Advisers / Building Standards Section,
Department of Housing , Planning , Community and Local Government,
Custom House,
D01 W6X0,
Phone: +353 (1) 888 2893

The closing date for the receipt of submissions and comments has been extended to no later than 5:30 p.m. on Friday 2nd June 2017.

What we will do with your responses

Please note that all submissions and comments received will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014.

The onus is on persons making submissions and comments not to include material of a private nature in the body of their submission.


Status History

Status - Closed
Friday, March 24, 2017
Friday, June 2, 2017