Government announces suite of Retrofit Grants
Housing continues to pose one of the greatest energy efficiency challenges in Ireland. A considerable portion of older housing performs poorly when compared with those built to the current standards. To help tackle this issue earlier this year the Government announced it will roll out a new Deep Retrofit Grant.
The government has announced a major increase in the grant for external wall insulation as well as a new grant for heat pumps and the introduction of a scheme to support renewable heating systems for large-scale users, as part of a series of policy announcements.
It comes just after the Climate Change Advisory Council warned that Ireland would fail to meet its targets for reducing carbon emissions without drastic action.
The scheme, which offers up to 50% of the total capital costs and project management costs for deep retrofits to homes, and up to 95% funding for voluntary housing associations and fuel poor homes, aims to lift pre 2006 homes up to an A3 rating, with a minimum uplift of 150 kWh/m2/yr.
The Better Energy Home grants are available for properties built before 2006, and the external wall insulation grant is required to deliver a wall U-value of 0.27 or better. The rules for the new heat pump scheme remain to be finalised.
If you have a project which may qualify for the pilot programme, find out more about applying today. Be sure to read our guide on completing your application form, or contact Tradecraft directly to see how we can help.