Heat Pumps & Grants
If you are considering the installation of a Heat Pump System it can be grant-aided by SEAI under the Better Energy Homes and Communities programmes. One of the requirements for a dwelling to qualify for a grant for Heat Pump Systems is that the energy performance of the dwelling fabric is suitable for Heat Pump System installation. This requirement is in line with SEAI’s aim for installed Heat Pump Systems to be as efficient and effective as is feasible. To make this possible, an independent Technical Advisor, who is registered with SEAI, is engaged by the homeowner as part of the application process. The Technical Advisor guides the homeowner on the energy performance of the dwelling, particularly on the suitability of the dwelling for a heat pump system based on the dwelling’s heat loss. They also provide the homeowner with independent guidance on measures necessary to ensure that the dwelling fabric heat loss is lowered to an acceptable level for a heat pump system to perform effectively and efficiently. Our SEAI registered technical advisers have in depth experience of both the technical evaluations and the grant aid process, so please contact us if you are thinking of a heat pump.
If you are considering some home energy improvements e.g. Insulation, new windows, replacement boiler and controls and are unsure as to which measures might offer you the best return on investment then we can help you decide this. We will perform a provisional BER cert calculation and let you know the improvement to the overall rating should you undertake from a menu of possible options. For some of these improvements grant aid is available from SEAI and we can help you decide which ones might be suitable for your dwelling.
The Better Energy Homes scheme provides grant aid to homeowners towards upgrades of roof insulation, wall insulation and heating systems. In order to measure the impact of the Better Energy programme, SEAI has introduced a requirement for homeowners to undertake a BER after the upgrade works have been completed. This BER is a standard BER, undertaken in accordance with the prevailing guidelines for BER of existing homes. The BER assessment is to be completed by assessors further to a site visit after Better Energy works have been completed, and carried out strictly within the rules provided in the BER Assessor’s Code of Practice, the DEAP Methodology and the DEAP Survey Guide. The BER will reflect the actual energy rating of the house following installation of Better Energy upgrade works, and must be published on the National Database of BER certs.