Up to 35% funding for home energy retrofits under the National Home Retrofit Scheme
National Home Retrofit Scheme
SuperHomes has opened Applications for grant funding under the new National Home Retrofit Scheme. This scheme is a key part of the strategy to retrofit 500,000 Irish homes to BER B2 standard or above by 2030.
Grants of up to 35% of eligible costs are available to the public through one-stop-shops such as SuperHomes. The one-stop-shop approach means that homeowners can benefit from a fully- integrated service aimed at delivering a high-quality retrofit with minimum fuss. This involves experienced professionals providing sound technical advice, specialist contractors, quality control, grant payment and finance advice, all in one carefully planned process. SuperHomes has been proudly pioneering this model since 2015, and in this time has delivered high quality retrofits to hundreds of satisfied customers.
New projects under the scheme are beginning In January 2021 and continuing through to October. Applications to SuperHomes are now open!
What do I need to do to be part of the scheme?
The scheme is open to all homes built before 2006. In order to qualify you must:
- Achieve a BER rating of B2 or better
- Achieve the required improvement or ‘uplift’ in BER (this makes it difficult for homes that are currently C2 or better)
- Move away from fossil fuel heating (and install a heat pump, for example)
- Be prepared to retrofit your home to this standard in one installation
Almost every older home can reach this standard with the right plan. The energy measures required will differ from home to home. An in-depth SuperHomes Home Survey and Energy Report will tell you all that you need to know to qualify for the scheme and improve your home to SuperHomes standard.
The SuperHomes team explains how our home retrofit process works, from application to survey to design and works.
What is retrofitting?
Our Retrofit Advisor David Flannery explains all about retrofitting here. A typical SuperHomes retrofit could include the following:
- Upgrading your old oil or gas boiler to an Air to Water Heat Pump. Learn about a heat pump here.
- Insulating your home to modern standards of comfort
- Advanced Ventilation System for a healthy home
- Balanced heating throughout your entire house
- Options for Triple Glazed Windows, high efficiency Wood Burning Stove and generating your own electricity with Solar PV
You can read more about your retrofit here.
What grants are available for retrofitting in Ireland ?
SuperHomes is sourcing funding from SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) to offer grants of up to 35% of the costs of a home retrofit in the form of a cash rebate after works are finished. The scheme runs from January to October 2021. Places on the SuperHomes programmes are limited and applications to SuperHomes should be made as soon as possible to guarantee a spot.
How much does a retrofit under the National Home Retrofit Scheme cost?
The cost of a retrofit depends on many factors. How old is the house? How much energy improvements have already been carried out? What is the wall type? Is there an extension to the house? Each home is different and the retrofit solution is always bespoke. As a guide, the average cost in 2020 for a SuperHomes retrofit was €37,000 after grants were deducted.
An experienced professional should be able to offer a cost estimate once they know a few basic details. However, the only way to accurately confirm the costs is to carry out a detailed survey and then design the energy solution.
SuperHomes provides a free initial consultation to look at potential measures and costs for your home. If that sounds within your budget, we can move to the next stage, which is to carry out a detailed survey and provide you with a comprehensive and fully-costed Energy Report.
How do I apply?
If you would like to apply please complete the application form here.