Achieving Low Carbon Development through the Planning Process

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Organisation profile

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland was established as Ireland's national energy authority under the Sustainable Energy Act 2002. SEAI's mission is to play a leading role in transforming Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. To fulfil this mission SEAI aims to provide well-timed and informed advice to Government, and deliver a range of programmes efficiently and effectively, while engaging and motivating a wide range of stakeholders.

Training aim

The aim of this module is to introduce Local Authority teams to the legislative regime that define Ireland’s obligations to meeting a low carbon future.

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

Course outline

•             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

Trainer's profile

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 scheme. Paul has worked closely with Tipperary county council on the development of their LARES.

Course duration

1 day

Assessment & certification

CPD Hours

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.