FAQS

Who can avail of the Grant scheme?

It is a Nationwide scheme. All homeowners, including private landlords can apply provided their home was built and occupied before 2011. This is defined as the date on your electricity meter was installed. Check your eligibility, So, before you start, check that your home or property is eligible for a grant.

The home must be built and occupied before:

2011: For Insulation and Heating Controls

2021: Heat Pump and renewable systems.

Grant funding can only be issued once per property for each type of works. This means that any property which previously availed of wall insulation via the Better Energy Homes scheme, or any other government scheme, cannot receive additional support for further wall insulation works.

How do i apply for the grant scheme?

The Better Energy Homes Scheme is open to all homeowners. Visit Energy Efficient Homes – Home Energy Upgrades And Grants at SEAI to apply online or download the forms. You can also email Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland at info@betterenergyhomes.ie or contact SEAI.

Who can do the work?

In accordance with the SEAI Scheme’s Terms and Conditions, all works must be completed by a Registered Contractor from the SEAI’s Registered List (Brusna Energy Solutions: Contractor ID No. 10066). Through the registration process, SEAI ensures that all contractors are competent in terms of installation standards and specifications and that the products they use are fit for purpose.

When can the work begin?

Grant Approval must be in place prior to any purchase of material, or the commencement of works is undertaken. Work already undertaken is not eligible for a Grant.

What is a Dwelling Report and why is it required?

The Dwelling Energy Assessment Procedure (DEAP) is the official methodology for calculating the energy performance and associated carbon dioxide emissions for the provision of space heating, ventilation, water heating and lighting in homes.

DEAP consists of a software tool and an associated guidance manual and is a key component of the Irish Building Energy Rating (BER) scheme. DEAP is also the compliance tool specified in Part L of the Irish Building Regulations.

 

DEAP is published by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Our mission is to play a leading role in transforming Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. This document introduces the principles of DEAP for anyone involved in building research or the design, construction or retrofit of dwellings. It is also useful for anyone wishing to understand the technical basis for BER certificates.

What is a Building Energy Rating (BER)?

A Building Energy Rating is an energy label that gives an indication of the energy to run an individual building.  A BER Assessor will evaluate the insulation levels, heating system and building elements to determine the overall performance. Learn more about Building Energy Ratings (BERs). BER Checklist: BER Certificate (seai.ie)

Is it necessary to get a BER rating under the scheme?

Yes, a BER Assessment is mandatory. SEAI offers a €50 grant towards the BER assessment.

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