It seems so.
For instance, the variation to theDublin City Councilâ€™s Development Plan in the Residential Chapter 4 â€“ Policy Resolution 20 and complementary site development standards in Chapter 15 â€“ paragraph 15.9.20.
Policy Residential 20
â€œThat Dublin City Council will seek to promote more sustainable development through energy end use efficiency, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy performance of all new building developments throughout the City.
This policy objective will be achieved by:
â€¢** Encouraging responsible environmental management in *** construction;
â€¢** Promoting sustainable approaches to housing *** **** *** *** developments by spatial planning, layout, design and *** *** detailed specification;
â€¢** Ensure high standards of energy efficiency in all housing developments and encouraging developers, owners and *** tenants to improve the environmental performance of *** *** the building stock, including the development of *** **** *** renewable energy;
â€¢** Through the phased introduction of a performance *** *** based Building Energy Rating (BER) target for all new *** *** building development greater than 10 dwellings or *** *** *** greater than 1,000 sq. m. floor area for non residential *** and mixed developments.â€
Paragraph 15.9.20 Energy Efficiency
â€œIn accordance with Policy Residential 20, the Building Energy Rating (BER â€“ calculated using the Dwelling Energy Assessment procedure, ref. (http://www.sei.ie
) target shall require a collective (per sq. m.) average BER rating of a least BI ( on a scale of A to G), effective from 1 January 2008 for residential developments greater than 10 dwellings or greater than 1,000 sq. m. floor area for non residential* and mixed developments.
Accordingly it will be a requirement that all planning applications submitted* to the planning authority after 1 January 2008 include a statement from a competent and qualified person that the proposed development conforms with the energy rating outlined above.