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Nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) webinar series launched

The Irish Green Building Council has launched a webinar series on the imminent nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) requirements.

Pat Barry, CEO of the Irish Green Building Council (IGBC) said: “An nZEB building is a very high energy performance building. Its low energy requirements must be covered to a significant extend by renewables”.

The nZEB standard gradually comes into force in Ireland from 1st January 2019. All new buildings completed after the 31st December 2020 must comply with nZEB.

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ISO 50001 for energy management gets a boost

Reducing energy consumption and improving energy efficiency are at the forefront of the global climate change agenda. ISO 50001, the flagship International Standard for improving energy performance, has just been updated.

Energy consumption is on the rise, despite the fact that it contributes to nearly 60 % of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.1) At the same time, more than one billion people still lack access to electricity and many more rely on harmful, polluting energy sources.2) It is no surprise, then, that addressing energy efficiency and climate change challenges make up a key part of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

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Minister Murphy welcomes increase in New Home Construction

I welcome the CSO New Dwellings Completion Report, which confirms a strong upward trend across all housing construction activity data sets.

4,419 houses were completed in the second quarter of 2018.  So far this year almost 8,000 new homes have been completed.

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NSAI Publishes 2017 Annual Report

Irish experts are leading the way in creating global standards, working to develop some of the 1,490 carefully-designed guidelines published by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) last year in areas such as construction, medical devices, technology and food.

Commenting on the publication of the Annual Report, Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD said:

“The NSAI continues to play a critical role in proving assurance to consumers that the various measurement instruments they come into contact with on a daily basis are accurate. In 2017, the NSAI inspected over 14,000 instruments including taxi meters, petrol pumps and supermarket scales. It’s through the NSAI that consumers can rely on and have confidence in measurement in trade.

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Competition for Professional and Technical Appointments to Planning Division

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government wishes to further strengthen its team of experts in the planning and related fields and is seeking to appoint persons at the grade of Planning Adviser across three related areas of work as follows:

    1.    Planning Adviser (Planning Policy);
    2.    Planning Adviser (Marine) - and
    3.    Environmental Manager (Environmental Assessment)

Further details - including application form and information booklet - are available on the Department's recruitment page.
The closing date for submission of completed applications is 3pm on 10th September 2018.

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