NSAI, the National Standards Authority of Ireland, wishes to announce a period of public consultation, from May 28th to August 27th 2010, on two Codes of Practice that will be of interest to manufacturers, regulators, suppliers, academics, installers and other interested parties involved with the design, installation and commissioning of both domestic plumbing & heating, and solar panels. 

The Codes of Practice are as follows;

  • SR 50-1: Code of practice for building services – Part 1 – Domestic plumbing and heating
  • SR 50-2: Code of practice for building services – Part 2 – Solar panels

SR 50-1, plumbing & heating document has been prepared by members of the NSAI's Building Services Consultative Committee Chaired by John Smartt, D.I.T.  This committee has two Working Groups, WG 1 Plumbing, Chaired by John Kealy, Plumber on Duty and WG 2 Heating, Chaired by Joe Durkan, SEAI.  The bulk of the text was drafted by John Kealy, Plumber on Duty, Joe Durkan, SEAI, Damien Keenan, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB), Jerry Bradley, ITB, Michael Gleeson, D.I.T. and Sean Armstrong, DOEHLG.

SR 50-2, solar panel guidelines have been established to elaborate on the requirements for solar water heating systems, not directly addressed by Part L of the Building Regulations.
The guidelines are intended to assist providers and specifiers of solar water heating systems, in the interpretation of the requirements and to provide guidance as to how the requirements should be addressed.

This document has been developed by a working group of representatives from:
  •  NSAI Agrément
  •  Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DoEHLG)
  •  Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)

Copies of these documents and the related comment form can be downloaded from