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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?

Local Authority staff with responsibility in Planning, infrastructure development, sustainable energy and environment issues.


Alan Jackson is a Chartered Civil, Structural and Environmental  engineer with a degree in Management and a  masters degree  in Sustainable Energy and Green Technollogy. Alan has worked in both the private and public sector and curently works as an energy engineer in  Tipperary Energy Agency. Prior to this Alan has worked as a engineer in Eirgrid in the performancing monitoring and ancillary services section and also in the planning section of Tipperary County Council .

Alan is currently the project co-ordinator of the Better Energy Communities 2017 and was involved in the co-ordination and the  preparation  of Tipperary’s Covenant of Mayors Sustainable Energy Action Plan. 

Make a Booking

29 September 2017


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