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Building costs rise over rules on energy

Construction costs are forecast to rise 6.3pc this year as new energy efficiency standards increase demand for specialist workers and materials, according to an industry report. The Tender Price Index forecast by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) shows that costs already have risen 3.4pc nationally in the first six months of the year and are expected to rise a further 2.9pc by yea...
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EU law on combustion plants very effective in greening the energy sector – EEA

Emissions of key air pollutants from large combustion plants have significantly decreased in the European Union (EU) over past years. According to a European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment published today, the EU Large Combustion Plant Directive regulating this sector was the main reason behind these major emission cuts from 2004 to 2015. Understanding the reasons for past policy successes is...
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Europe’s huge untapped energy source

Waste heat from towns and cities is a huge untapped energy source in Europe. The Life4HeatRecovery project is looking to use it to heat our homes and supply our hot water. The average mid-sized supermarket in Europe produces enough waste heat from its refrigeration and air conditioning units in one year to be able to provide the thermal energy needs of 200 homes over the same period. It’s not j...
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World Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Forum launched

Climate change is the biggest challenge facing humanity right now, much of which is as a result of greenhouse gas emissions. 40% of emissions emanate from buildings, so focusing on improving energy efficiency of buildings has never been more important. One third of the world economy is engaged in construction, yet the sector has been very slow to innovate with regards to sustainability. On 14th...
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International Energy Agency’s (IEA) published 2019 Review of Ireland’s Energy Policies

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton TD has welcomed the launch of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) 2019 Review of Ireland's Energy Policies. The review acknowledges the significant change and progress made in recent years - noting, for example, that Ireland now has the third highest share of wind generated electricity among all 30 IEA member co...
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EU Energy Efficiency Directive – lessons learnt & future challenges before 2nd round of audits

The EU Energy Efficiency Directive came into force throughout the EU in 2012. This requires all large companies to have a high quality energy audit every four years. The Directive only applies to companies with more than 250 staff and its aim is to identify energy saving opportunities which can be easily done by an energy audit. EU directives allow for each member state to decide how to impleme...
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SMEs lack the time and money to embrace green energy – SEAI Survey

Small and medium sized businesses in Ireland agree they could do more to embrace green energy efficiency but most simply do not have the time or money to do so, a new survey has found. Energy and fuel costs are also considered of less importance than other issues, including Brexit, securing credit, a lack of customers and cash flow. Research conducted by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Irel...
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Progress on energy efficiency in Europe

Energy efficiency continues to improve in Europe. In most countries, heating is where the largest share of energy is used in dwellings. Over the period 1990-2016, the energy efficiency of end-use sectors improved by 30 % in the EU-28 countries at an annual average rate of 1.4 %/year. These improvements were driven by improvements in the industry sector (1.8 %/year) and the households sector ...
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Comprehensive overview of conducting Real Estate transactions in Ireland

Current trends in and future prospects for the real estate market (both commercial and residential) in Ireland The office market saw a record year of leasing in 2017, primarily in Dublin. In addition to natural growth, market analysis suggests Brexit added additional demand for office space. In the residential sector, house prices rose an average of 12.3% in 2017, mainly due to a continued l...
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Businesses placing increased focus on monitoring energy usage

Research published last week by Pinergy, reveals how businesses are placing increased focus when it comes to monitoring their energy consumption and adjusting their usage to meet their budgets.  While results from the latest Pinergy Business Energy Monitor indicate that 51% of businesses are not monitoring and adjusting their energy consumption, this represents a marginal decrease of 6% since the ...
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