Dublin City Council Votes to Make Passive House Standard Mandatory

Dublin City Council has voted to make the passive house standard or demonstrably equivalent evidence-based approaches mandatory for all new buildings in the city, after a similar policy was enacted in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in February.

dublin mandatory(From Passive House Plus Magazine)

On 30 May the council met to discuss the chief executive’s report on the public consultation in response to the first draft of the development plan, which included a passive house motion based on an adapted version of a wording submitted by Passive House Plus editor Jeff Colley. Although the chief executive’s report recommended removing the passive house policy from the plan, the city councillors voted to support Labour councillor Brendan Carr’s motion to retain the policy by a margin of 36 votes to 4.

The decision means that two of the four Dublin are local authorities will have a passive house or equivalent policy as a planning condition for all new buildings, including dwellings and non-residential buildings.