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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 June 2021

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Questions (121)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

121. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the number of homes that have undergone a deep retrofit in each of the past five years and to date in 2021; and if a target has been set on the number of homes to undergo a deep retrofit before the end of 2021 and over the course of the next three years. [29378/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Programme for Government and the Climate Action Plan set ambitious targets to retrofit 500,000 homes to a Building Energy Rating of B2/cost optimal and to install 400,000 heat pumps in existing buildings over the next 10 years.  Some €221.5 million in capital funding has been provided this year for SEAI residential and community retrofit programmes. This represents an 82% increase on the 2020 allocation and is the largest amount ever for the schemes. This allocation has facilitated the expansion and improvement of existing SEAI grant schemes and the introduction of new initiatives. A further €65 million has been allocated to retrofit social housing administered by the Department of Housing.

Prior to the introduction of enhanced COVID restrictions in January 2021, it was estimated that, in total, SEAI residential and community schemes would deliver over 29,000 retrofits including approximately 8,000 to a B2 level. Every effort will be made to maximise activity now that construction activity in the residential sector has recommenced. 

The table below shows the number of SEAI supported retrofits to a BER of B2 or better between 2017 and 2020.

 

2017**

2018**

2019

2020

SEAI supported retrofits to BER B2 or better*

3

214

2,189

3,210

*    It is important to note that local authority retrofits are in addition to these.

**   Figures for 2017 and 2018 relate only to the Deep Retrofit Programme. Data in relation to B2 retrofits under other schemes for those years is not available.

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