There are a number of attractive grants available to help with your home retrofit. These are administered through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, (SEAI).
The National Home Retrofit Scheme offers fixed grant amounts that typically cover 30-40% of your home retrofit. Individual homeowners need to apply through a registered One Stop Shop who manages the retrofit process from start to finish and leases directly with SEAI to claim the grants on your behalf. Building fabric upgrades, technology and systems, controls and renewable technologies can all be covered and there are additional grants for items such as windows that are not available as an individual measure grants under the other schemes. The main criteria is that a whole house retrofit is completed, resulting in a post work B2 energy rating or better.
The Better Energy Homes Scheme offers part funding for homeowners installing energy saving measures such as cavity wall insulation, heat pumps and solar panels, varying from €700 – €8,000 per measure depending on the type of property and measures installed. The grant typically covers 30-40% of the cost. Homeowners can chose to combine as few or as many items a they wish and there is no requirement to achieve a certain post works BER rating.
The Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme offers free energy efficiency upgrades to homeowners who receive certain welfare payments such as; fuel allowance, job seekers, working family etc.
The Community Energy Grant offers similar grant amounts to the National Home Retrofit Scheme to help communities and homeowners. Individual homeowners need to apply through an experienced project coordinator as part of a broader application. The main criteria is that a whole, house retrofit is completed, resulting in a post work B2 energy rating or better.
Generally all grants require a post work BER assessment to show the improvements in energy efficiency. There is an SEAI grant of €50 towards this assessment. National Home Retrofit grants also require a Home Energy Assessment.
If working through a registered One Stop Shop there is also a grant available towards the home energy assessment. In Cork we recommend the local One Stop Shop Insulex.
For any heat pump grant, a technical assessment is required by an SEAI registered technical advisor prior to installation of the heat pump. The technical advisor will provide a report to detail if your house insulation levels are efficient enough to be able to retain the heat from a heat pump effectively. If your house is not compatible with a heat pump the technical assessor will detail what insulation upgrade works are required. There is an SEAI grant of €200 towards technical assessments, but only if the heat pump is installed under the SEAI heat pump grant.
We can provide post work BER assessments, home energy assessments and technical assessments.