BGA Architects Ltd. 
 
50 Regent Street 
Newtownards 
Co. Down  
Northern Ireland 
BT23 4LP 
 
Architects 
Planning 
Interior Design 
Expert Witness 
 
 
 
The company is  
registered in  
Northern Ireland  
under the company  
number - NI60893 
 
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Low Carbon Homes Scheme 
 
The Rate Relief (Low-Carbon Homes Scheme) Regulations 
(Northern Ireland) 2010 
 
Rate Relief 
Subject to the conditions being satisfied and to the provisions of these Regulations, a person who is the first occupier of a newly-constructed dwelling-house which is a low-carbon or zero-carbon home shall not be chargeable in respect of it to rates - 
 
(a) in the case of a low-carbon home, for a period of two years; and 
 
(b) in the case of a zero-carbon home, for a period of five years, 
 
from the date on which he first occupies that dwelling-house or 1st April 2010, whichever is the later. 
 
Low-Carbon Home 
 
Dwelling CO2 emission rate (“DER”) 
 
The DER of the dwelling-house over the course of a year calculated in accordance with the approved methodology must be no more than 56% of the TER calculated in accordance with the approved methodology. 
 
Space Heating Requirement (“SHR”) 
 
The SHR of the dwelling-house over the course of a year calculated in accordance with the approved methodology must be no more than 23 kilowatthours per square metre (kWh/m2/year). 
 
Zero-Carbon Home 
 
Heat loss parameter (“HLP”) 
 
The HLP of the dwelling-house calculated in accordance with the approved methodology must be no more than 0.8 Watts per square metre Kelvin (W/m2K). 
 
Dwelling CO2 Emission Rate (“DER”) 
 
The DER of the dwelling-house over the course of a year calculated in accordance with the approved methodology must be no more than zero kilograms per square metre (kg/ m2/year). 
 
Net CO2 Emissions 
 
The net CO2 emissions from the dwelling-house over the course of a year calculated in accordance with the approved methodology must be no more than zero kilograms per square metre (kg/ m2/year). 
 
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