Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (385)

Thomas Byrne


385. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans for deep retrofits of schools; the number of schools which have had retrofits completed since 2016; the location of the schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13747/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

In the National Development Plan (2018-2027) €2.5bn is identified for the refurbishment and construction of schools. Part of this is intended for a deep energy retrofit of schools built prior to 2008.

My Department and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland are currently involved in an energy efficiency retrofit pilot scheme for schools. The longer-term outcome of this scheme will be to create an accurate and scalable model for energy efficient retrofits of schools across the country.

This pilot commenced in 2017 when ten schools received energy retrofits. In 2018, six schools received retrofits. For 2019 we are hoping to expand this programme and expect to make an announcement in that respect shortly.

Energy Conservation Measures delivered to date include fabric (roofs, walls, glazing and doors), heating (boilers, controls, Building Management systems), and electrical (LED lighting and solar PV).