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Million Home Retrofit Opportunity

Denis Naughten, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment with Jim Gannon, Chief Executive, SEAI and Ms Victoria Burrows, Project Manager, World Green Building Council.

To tackle this challenge and to support the learning process, SEAI has unveiled the Deep Retrofit Pilot Programme, with support funding from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment. This new multi-annual pilot programme – with an initial budget

of €5 million in 2017 – will focus initially on the residential market and reflects both the depth and scale of the challenge which will require a broad multi-disciplinary approach.

The pilot is the first of SEAI’s multi-annual pilots which will investigate the challenges and opportunities that deep retrofit presents to the pre-2006 domestic housing stock. The learning from these pilots will inform SEAI’s approach and support towards the large-scale deep retrofit of buildings in Ireland.

Funding will be provided to projects that demonstrate an integrated, comprehensive strategy for significantly improving home energy performance. Conor Hanniffy is the Programme Manager for the scheme. With a background in mechanical engineering, Conor has over 18 years programme management experience in private and public sectors. He previously managed SEAI’s Accelerated Capital Allowance Programme for energy efficient equipment, and the Building Energy Rating (BER) Programme.

To support the early development of the Deep Retrofit Pilot Programme, SEAI has published both a definition, and the guiding principles, behind the concept to assist in providing a clear market target. Guidance underpinning high-quality delivery of deep retrofit pilot projects will include Standard Recommendations 54 (SR 54).

What is deep retrofit?                                                                                                                                         Deep retrofit is the significant upgrade of a building toward nearly zero energy requirements where it is practically feasible and achievable. SEAI has also provided the following guiding principles to support this definition:

— Minimum A3 Building Energy Rating (A3) requirement with a minimum of 150kWh/m2/yr uplift in the BER energy value;

— Whole-house solution focused on a fabric first approach;

— Deployment of renewables transition away from fossil fuels. The pilot scheme will only support renewable energy sources as a method for heating and electricity generation.

Who is scheme aimed at?                                                                                                                                   With a target market of one million homes, the pilot scheme will target building archetypes which are representative of building stock. SEAI invites projects to be delivered via community groups, local authorities, energy agencies and private-sector deep retrofit service providers who can provide end-to-end project delivery.

How are the projects funded?                                                                                                                               SEAI will provide up to 50% funding of the total capital costs and project management costs (including design fees). For voluntary housing association homes, and the homes of those that are in energy poverty (defined as meeting the Warmer Homes eligibility criteria), SEAI will provide a much higher rate of funding, up to 95%. This is only available as part of a wider project that includes a mix of non-energy poverty homes (75%) with the energy poverty component subvention applied to 25% of the total number of homes in each project.

The pilot provides an opportunity to show how the deep retrofit of dwellings can be achieved using a “fabric upgrade first” approach (insulation, windows and doors) coupled with renewable energy technologies. It will also provide an opportunity to demonstrate the  importance of ventilation systems for ensuring sufficient indoor air quality where the building’s airtightness has been improved.

SEAI will also provide a significant contribution to a mandatory pre-works and post-works BER to demonstrate the upgrade, and an air-pressure test package to maximise the impact of energy efficiency works.

Toward zero deep retrofit conference                                                                                                               SEAI recently hosted its inaugural deep retrofit conference which brought together over 200 key stakeholders. This included policy-makers, state bodies, researchers, project managers, property owners and landlords, technology providers, financiers and contractors.

This event will act as an annual review and information sharing platform as to best practice and innovation, research findings and delivery of deep retrofit in Ireland across all demographic areas, technologies and building types.

A broad range of international and national speakers shared insights and experience from the following perspectives — vision and policy; behavioural insights; building capacity; and leveraging the opportunity.

All presentations and the recorded webcast are available at:—                               www.seai.ie/Grants/Deep-Retrofit-Programme/

Triple E Register boost for product suppliers

Conor Hanniffy, SEAI ACA Project Manager

Conor Hanniffy, SEAI ACA Project Manager

With the Accelerated Capital Allowance, when money is spent on energy efficient equipment products listed on the SEAI Triple E Register, a company can deduct the full cost of this equipment from its profits in the year of purchase.

The ACA benefits                                                                                                                  — Reduced tax bill

— Increased cash flow

— Reduced energy costs

— Clear market differentiation

The scheme was first introduced in 2008 under the Finance Act. It was extended in 2011 and, more recently in 2014, for a further three years. The scheme now supports 52 technologies across 10 categories and has successfully grown to close on 14,000 products listed.

SEAI’s technical advisors work with industry in developing the product eligibility criteria in considering market developments and standards in support of equipment efficiency performance. SEAI provides two submission periods in considering new products for inclusion each year and SEAI personnel are available to assist product providers in clarifying requirements.

Key beneficiaries                                                                                                                                                   Key beneficiaries of the ACA scheme include product providers such as manufacturers, distributors and agents. Product providers submit products to the ACA Triple E Register for registration to help provide confidence and clear differentiation of product performance to the marketplace.

Products listed on the ACA Triple E Register demonstrate to the market that the product is high-performing energy efficient equipment. It also provides the financial benefits offered through the ACA to clients installing the products concerned.

End-user benefits                                                                                                                                   Organisations paying corporation tax benefit from the tax relief in year one of the purchase of the equipment. They also benefit financially from the energy efficiency of the equipment because of lower energy running costs.

Public sector procurement                                                                                                                               Under Public Procurement Regulations introduced in 2011 (European Union Energy Efficient Public Procurement Regulations, SI 151 of 2011), public bodies, in fulfilling an exemplary role with regard to energy efficiency, are obliged to procure only equipment which is (a) listed on the Register or (b) satisfies the published SEAI energy efficiency criteria for the equipment.

Accountants/finance                                                                                                                                 Accountants managing and advising the their clients can identify the financial benefits of investing in energy efficiency equipment listed on the ACA Triple E Register in term of the tax rebate, and also the financial return on investing in energy efficiency equipment.

Architects/engineers                                                                                                                                   Engineers and other specifiers who select equipment listed on the ACA Triple E Register provide clear market differentiation of the higher energy performance and greater financial benefits such products offer, together with providing an energy efficient design.

For more information and an example of how the ACA scheme works for the benefit of all log on to www.seai.ie/aca