Draft PPS18: Renewable Energy
Annex 1 Technology: The Context
Solar water heating is a mature and recognised technology. A domestic system is within the economic means of many households in the UK, and the technology could provide a useful contribution to renewable energy generation. To encourage greater uptake of renewable energy in Northern Ireland, the Government has announced proposed changes to the Building regulations to make micro-generation mandatory in new buildings from April 2008. For its part the Department would encourage greater use of SWH systems in new developments prior to this change in the Building Regulations coming into force, and will encourage the retrofitting or incorporation of such technology on existing buildings where appropriate. The current consultation on permitted development rights is aimed at assisting this.