Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Questions (297)

Tony McLoughlin

Question:

297. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will consider an increase in the budget to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland to include dry-lining under the better energy warmer homes scheme (details supplied). [11635/14]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Better Energy Programme is administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and has been allocated Exchequer funding of €57 million in 2014, of which the Warmer Homes strand will receive €20 million. While the majority of funding under the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme will be disbursed through the installation of the standard package of measures (cavity insulation, attic insulation, lighting, boiler lagging etc.) in an estimated 12,000 homes this year, some monies may be made available to provide a deeper retrofit, which could include the option of dry-lining for those houses experiencing extreme or severe energy poverty. All upgrade works are subject to a survey of the home and the needs of the occupant.