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Achieving Low Carbon Development through the Planning Process

  • Date(s)
    Friday, 29 September 2017
  • Time(s)
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €25
    Non-Members: €40

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

    IPI/TCPA members can also avail of the member rate. 

    Contact the CPD team to avail of this offer on (01) 665 1305 or email

  • CPD Credit
    4.5 hours   C1


As Ireland moves towards implementing the EU Energy Efficiency Directives, it is important for Planning Departments to understand the fundamental role energy efficient design plays in achieving a future low carbon built environment. 


The aim of this module is to introduce Local Authority teams to the legislative regime that define Irelands obligations to meeting a low carbon future. An overview of some pertinent energy efficiency issues are discussed in terms their relevance to the planning process.

Learning objectives

On completion of the Module, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the legislative background to energy efficiency in the built environment.
  • Recognise the relationship between renewable energy considerations and thermal envelope design in terms the Building Regulations Part L. 
  • Appreciate the relevance of built form and orientation on the passive gain/loss of heat in building design.
  • Be aware of the various existing and emerging standards that impact on the built form such as, NZEB, Passive house, LEED, Breeam, Home performance indicator etc.


  • Introduction and discussion on EPBD, EED, and White paper.
  • Existing Part L requirements.
  • New requirement’s under nZEB, Passive House, Home performance indicator, LEED, BREEAM etc.
  • The implications of Built form on passive solar design.
  • The implications on fabric efficiency such as poor thermal bridging design details.
  • Heating systems
  • Transport & amenities
  • BCAR and the planning implications
  • Building Commissioning and compliance with Planning Conditions

Who should attend?

Planners, local and regional authority staff, consultants and other professionals, who may engage with producing local and regional authority low carbon strategies.


Paul Kenny is a Chartered mechanical engineer,  energy consultant with over 10 years experience advising both public and private sector organizations on energy saving matters in the built environment.

Paul is the Chief executive of the Tipperary Energy Agency, and has led many large scale retrofit schemes including the EU funded SERVE project that piloted the National retrofit shceme.Paul has worked closly with Tipperary county council on the development of their LARES.

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29 September 2017


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