08/04/2014 Deenihan addresses CEN Expert Heritage Group meeting in Dublin
Deenihan addresses CEN Expert Heritage Group meeting in Dublin
Mr. Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has today (8th April 2014) attended a meeting of the CEN Technical Committee 346 ‘Conservation of Cultural Property’ Working Group 8 on improving the energy performance of historic buildings.
Today’s meeting was the fourth meeting of these European experts who are charged with developing a set of guidelines that will lead to a new European Standard for improving the energy performance of historically, architecturally and culturally, valuable buildings. This technical group, which is led by Norway, comprises members from Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Italy, France, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, UK, and Greece. Many members of the group also participated in a forum held in the Custom House, Dublin on Monday 7th April to which key Irish stakeholders from the building professions, NGOs and academia were invited to discuss the issue.
Thermal performance and energy efficiency of historic buildings were part of the key qualifying works for the Department’s recent Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme, which allowed for a range of important conservation works to take place at protected structures in all parts of Ireland, and which would generate and support significant employment in the conservation and construction industries and in specialist trades.
Minister Deenihan commented:
‘The exchange of information between conservation professionals at an international level is critically important particularly on issues such as energy performance of historic buildings where EU Directives affect all of us in our work.’