Home retrofitting: Costs, grants available and work involved – Irish Examiner

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With increased grant aid, and many awards holding steady, SEAI grant aid is a generous advantage when improving the energy performance and detailing of your home. Keep in mind that you should not proceed with works, including buying any service, materials or equipment before your SEAI grant has been approved in principle.

Here are just some of what you can enjoy with a little help from our friends at the Sustainable Energy Authority with individual grant or fuller, holistic one-stop-shop grant awards.

ATTIC INSULATION

Investment: Low
Return: High
Grant: Improved
Cost: Dependent on attic/roof size, chosen materials and scope of the work. An intelligent low spend for a very high return in terms of warming up the envelope of the home
SEAI grant aid: A whopping 80% of the ticket through the One-Stop-Shop grant aid for deep (comprehensive) retrofit, and through individual grants. It is graded on home type.

€800-€1500 for attic insulation (the floor of the attic). Rafter insulation grant aid is offered as part of One-Stop-Shop installations only, and comes in at €1,500-€3,000.

All homeowners, including landlords, whose homes were built and occupied before 2011 can apply. It is defined as the date your electricity meter was installed.

What you need to do

For individual insulation grants to the attic, it’s up to you to apply and manage this grant, which will be paid back to you on completion of the work and the carrying out of an obligatory BER survey which will be published becoming part of your home’s energy profile (once-off BER grant of €50). First find your supplier. Ensure they are on the SEAI Registered Contractors List. Your supplier/installer can often help with the application. With the One-Stop-Shop mechanism your project manager will assign a contractor. The installation must reach the SEAI required U-values of 0.16 W/m2 K for ceiling level insulation or 0.20 W/m2 K for rafter insulation.

Hassle

Minimal but with the thumping around in the attic and a lively team indoors, you might want to clear off for a few hours. Likely to take half a day to a full day to complete with the insulation of pipework, covering of hatches and improvement to the existing blanket. In a deep-retrofit, the impact of the simultaneous renovations is likely to have driven you out of the house already. Insulating pitched ceilings from the plasterboard side can be invasive, expensive, and a headache on par with internal dry lining.

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