I propose to take Questions Nos. 235 and 239 together.
The Better Energy Programme is funded by my Department and operated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The programme consists of three main schemes: Homes, Warmer Homes and Communities.
- Better Energy Homes provides a financial incentive to private homeowners who wish to improve the energy performance of their homes.
- Better Energy Warmer Homes delivers a range of energy efficiency measures free of charge to low income households who meet the defined eligibility criteria and who are vulnerable to energy poverty.
- Better Energy Communities supports energy efficiency upgrades to mixed projects of homes, community facilities and businesses in a local community.
- These schemes are supplemented by two pilot schemes exploring the multiple benefits of energy efficiency and the challenges of moving to deeper retrofit.
- The Warmth and Wellbeing scheme which was launched as a pilot initiative under the Government’s Strategy to Combat Energy Poverty and the Healthy Ireland Framework. The aim of the scheme, a joint policy initiative between my Department and the Department of Health, which began in 2016, is to demonstrate the positive effects that making homes warmer and more energy efficient can have on the health and well-being of people in energy poverty who are living with a chronic respiratory condition. An independent research project is underway alongside the scheme's delivery and will assess the impact the scheme is having.
- The Deep Retrofit Pilot Scheme which launched in 2017 is investigating how to create a scalable offering for the deep retrofit of Ireland’s housing stock to an A3 Building Energy Rating (BER), while building consumer demand and contractor capacity for deep retrofit. Under the scheme Government is funding up to 50% of the total capital and project management costs for homes that achieve an A3 Building Energy Rating post retrofit.
- The information requested in relation to number and value of grants provided under each scheme, by county breakdown for 2014 to 2018 where available, is set out in the following tables contained in the following link:
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