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Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 19 January 2022

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Questions (117)

Darren O'Rourke


117. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the number of homes retrofitted under each retrofitting scheme in 2021, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [63159/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

My Department funds a number of SEAI grant schemes to support homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their properties. Partial grants are available for individuals that can afford to contribute to the cost of upgrades as well as free energy efficiency retrofits for people at risk of energy poverty. Since 2000, over 465,000 homeowners have upgraded their homes with support from these schemes, representing nearly one home in four across the country. This has resulted in warmer, healthier and more comfortable homes that are easier and cheaper to heat and light. The National Retrofit Plan, published in November 2021 as part of the Climate Action Plan, set ambitious targets to retrofit 500,000 homes to a Building Energy Rating of B2 or carbon equivalent and to install 400,000 heat pumps in existing buildings by the end of 2030. These targets represent a very significant increase in both the volume and depth of retrofit activity in Ireland.

COVID-19 related restrictions on construction activity in the residential sector between January and April 2021 had a significant impact on activity last year.

The number of homes retrofitted under each retrofitting scheme in 2021 is set out in the table below.

SEAI Scheme

No. of Homes Upgraded 2021

Better Energy Homes


Better Energy Warmer Homes


Better Energy Warmth and Wellbeing


Deep Retrofit


Solar PV (Domestic only)


Community Energy Grants


National Retrofit Scheme (One Stop Shop Dev. Call)




In addition to the schemes operated by the SEAI, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage funds the Local Authority Retrofit Scheme.