New regulations will require electric vehicle (EVs) recharging infrastructure at new homes, Minister Darragh O’Brien has confirmed.
According to the minister, the move will support action on climate change, improve air quality and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage explained that the new building regulations will enable the future installation of EV recharging points.
The government has stated that the regulations will apply to:
- New multi-unit residential buildings
- Multi-unit residential buildings undergoing major renovation where the car park is inside or adjacent to the building and where renovations include the car park or the electrical infrastructure of the building or car park;
- New dwelling houses with a parking space located within the boundary of the dwelling.
Minister O’Brien is of the view that the latest raft of regulations will help accelerate the uptake of EVs.
The government aims to achieve its commitment of nearly 1 million EVs on Irish roads by 2030.
There are currently over 45,000 EVs registered on Irish roads, it says.
The minister states that the pace of uptake must increase over the coming years to achieve the country’s fleet electrification targets.
“This new requirement for EV recharging infrastructure will add to the Nearly Zero Energy Building Standards already in place for all new buildings and previous EV recharging infrastructure regulations introduced last year.”
“It will add to our action against climate change in the area of emissions from residential buildings construction.”
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Furthermore, the minister has also signed new regulations to facilitate the roll-out of district heating.
The purpose of the District Heating Regulations is to support more district heating and cooling in residential buildings.
He says that district heating can play an “important” role in improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions.
These regulations shall apply where the relevant works or major renovation commence or take place on or after November 1st, 2022.