Home Deep Retrofit Scheme

to homeowners for energy efficiency upgrades
under the National Home Retrofit Scheme

What is a Whole House Retrofit or Deep Retrofit:

A whole house approach or deep retrofit scheme in Waterford involves an assessment of the performance of your house as a whole, where you are losing heat, why this is happening and how well your heating system is working. Under SEAI’s ‘National Home Retrofit Grant Scheme’, the homeowners will be required to bring their home to a minimum B2 standard and obtain a minimum improvement of 100 kWh/m²/yr.

This will likely involve the installation of a renewable heating system (typically air to water heat pump) and the upgrade of their building fabric to close to current standards as well as improving their ventilation. 

The following minimum retrofit measures are likely to apply:

  • Air to water heat pump as the primary heating system.
  • Airtightness improvement (reducing draughts and heat loss)
  • Advanced mechanical ventilation for healthy air quality.
  • Insulation to a high standard

How much does it cost and what will I get towards the cost.

The typical cost of energy upgrade works would be in the region of €30,000 – €40,000 depending on the floor area of the house.  Houses that require external insulation or window replacement are likely to cost more.  All works must be completed by October 2021. 

You may be eligible for grant aid of up to 35% for qualifying energy upgrade works, subject to the terms and conditions as set out in the letter of offer from SEAI.  Grants vary from project-to-project and the actual grant percentage will depend on the energy measures selected and the letter of offer as issued by SEAI. Typical Grant amounts would range from €10,000 to €15,000 dependent on the energy upgrade measures being implemented.   

The Home Assessment report is charged at €700 + VAT.  This includes the cost of a Pre-Works BER Certificate for your house.  If you decide to proceed with works further fees apply at stages 2 and 3 as detailed below.  These fees are dependent on the cost of works and will be fully disclosed with the homeowner in advance of any commitment to proceed with works. 

Why undergo a major home retrofit?
  • You live in an older house or have purchased an older house and it is undergoing wholesale renovation
  • Your home has an old inefficient boiler which needs replacing
  • Your home performs poorly and is in need of a whole house review
  • Your home’s indoor air quality is poor (evidenced by mold, dampness, unpleasant smells etc)
  • You will be spending more time at home and want to live in a warmer healthier home and optimise your heating costs.

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