€609k to make homes more en­ergy ef­fi­cient

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

WICK­LOW County Coun­cil has been al­lo­cated €609,223 for en­ergy ef­fi­cient so­cial hous­ing.

This week Min­is­ter for Hous­ing, Plan­ning and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Eoghan Mur­phy has an­nounced the al­lo­ca­tion of over €25 mil­lion in fund­ing for the up­grad­ing of the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency of lo­cal au­thor­ity homes this year.

Min­is­ter Mur­phy said: ‘A prin­ci­ple ob­jec­tive of our so­cial hous­ing retrofitti­ng pro­gramme is to con­trib­ute to Ire­land’s com­mit­ments in re­la­tion to car­bon emis­sions re­duc­tions and en­ergy re­duc­tion tar­gets. The en­ergy retrofitti­ng of build­ings in the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor hold the great­est po­ten­tial for en­ergy sav­ings. This fund­ing will see im­prove­ments in the ther­mal ef­fi­ciency of homes through im­proved at­tic and wall in­su­la­tion, along with the ad­di­tion of heat­ing up­grades such as heat pumps and so­lar pan­els, re­sult­ing in im­proved com­fort lev­els all around.’

The pro­gramme pro­vides fund­ing of up to €22,800 per prop­erty for fab­ric up­grade works to dwellings with solid/hol­low block wall con­struc­tion and in­cludes the pro­vi­sion of heat­ing up­grades such as heat pumps and so­lar pan­els.

€300 will be pro­vided for 300mm at­tic in­su­la­tion in­clud­ing hot press tank and pipe in­su­la­tion; €1,000 for flat Roof in­su­la­tion and nec­es­sary ven­ti­la­tion in flat roofs of ex­ist­ing ex­ten­sion; €7,000 to €10,000 for ex­ter­nal Wall In­su­la­tion In­clud­ing ven­ti­la­tion and other nec­es­sary works or €1,000 or €1,500 for dry lin­ing; €4,500 for win­dows and doors re­place­ment; €2,500 for Pho­to­voltaic Pan­els.

There is also a choice of €2,000 to up­grade ex­ist­ing boiler and up­grade or re­place ra­di­a­tors, or €750 to re­place or up­grade ra­di­a­tors, or €7,000 for a heat pump to re­place the boiler and up­grade or re­place ra­di­a­tors.

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