Tipperary Energy Agency has been working on domestic retrofit projects since 2004, supporting the retrofit of thousands of houses.
The Agency has always been to the forefront of promoting best practice in carbon reduction and renewable energy. In 2012 the Agency declared that it would no longer install gas or oil boilers in homes and committed itself fully to renewable-based primary heating.
In 2015 the Agency went a step further towards Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) retrofit and as a result the SuperHomes Ireland project was born. 10 homes across Ireland were upgraded as part of its pilot project to install a combination of the most cost-effective measures in one package. The potential of this whole house approach was demonstrated by all 10 homes achieving a BER ‘A’ rating and a 100% satisfaction rating from the homeowners involved.
Towards the end of 2016 SEAI introduced the Deep Retrofit Pilot Scheme which offered significant grant funding for the type of retrofit that SuperHomes had been trialling. In the first full year of the scheme SuperHomes carried out more than 60 deep retrofits and is on course to add significantly to that figure in 2019. Since the SuperHomes programme began back in 2015, we have retrofitted over 200 homes reaching as far as Donegal to West Cork. Starting out with a small team, SuperHomes has now grown to a team of six engineers, programme manager, retrofit advisor, project coordinator and a support team.
In April 2017 SuperHomes 2.0 was launched in Limerick Institute of Technology. This 2-year ground-breaking research programme had the core aim of optimising air source heat pump technology in domestic retrofits.
SuperHomes is regularly called on to advise on energy policy, appearing in front of the Dail Committees and making significant contributions to many international fora. In July 2019, our Programme Manager, Declan Daly and Retrofit Advisor David Flannery attended the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action to discuss housing and retrofitting.
Throughout 2019 SuperHomes continued to attract a huge number of homeowner applications and attention from the national media, including Prime Time, The Irish Independent, RTE Radio 1 and much more.
100% of homeowners who took part in the pilot scheme would recommend SuperHomes Ireland to a friend.
Here’s what they said ‘
“It was great having a single contractor working with SuperHomes to deliver an effective solution”
“I’m talking about climate change while burning oil at home; I needed advice and a packaged solution”
“SuperHomes achieved much more than if we were to embark on a retrofit ourselves”.
“If I didn’t save any money on this project, it would still be worthwhile”
“I never even heard of air-quality, the combination of heat and air quality has made a massive difference to the comfort of this home”.
“it’s a different home”.