Businesses and homeowners are investing in solar PV in order to reduce energy bills and to contribute to the green environment. We provide commercial and residential building structural assessment and design services as well as specific requirements such as car-ports, sol-brise frames or other more bespoke ‘PV’ structures. We can provide Ancillary Design Certification for all installations that we oversee. The following are common current requirements that we cater for:
Commercial Planning Applications – The planning exemption allowance of 50sqm for solar panels is often insufficient for companies wishing to maximise their potential energy production using solar PV panels. Under these circumstances a planning application is required.
Residential Planning Applications – The generally accepted planning exemption allowance of 12sqm for solar panels appears to have been set with smaller solar thermal panels in mind. Homeowners wishing to maximise their potential energy production using solar PV panels would normally therefore need to seek planning permission.
Installation – The installation of solar panels is currently unregulated in Ireland. Solar panels place additional loadings onto roofs and should therefore be treated as a structural consideration or alteration subject to Building Regulations. It seems to be common practice to attach panels using inappropriate fixings and methods. We do not permit inappropriate practice and we follow guidelines produced by the Building Research Establishment and the Microgeneration Certification Scheme from the UK.