The Better Energy Homes Scheme is administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) on behalf of my Department. As Minister I have no function in relation to registration of Contractors. SEAI administers and maintains a list of contractors who are registered to undertake works under the Better Energy Homes Scheme. Each registered contractor is required to undertake all works for which grant support is payable in accordance with the technical specifications of the scheme, demonstrate their tax compliance and insurance cover and cooperate with the scheme’s Quality Assurance (QA) programme.
The terms and conditions of the Better Energy Homes Scheme are in place to ensure the transparent administration of public monies. Achieving this requires that the processes and systems are clear and efficient and operate in a manner which is fair to all parties. SEAI has a responsibility to apply a prudent, practical and appropriate approach to the governance of the disbursement of the public funds. SEAI must also ensure that Contractors adhere to, and fully comply with the Code of Practice which can be found on their websitewww.seai.ie/resources/publications/Code-of-practice-technical-Specification.pdf. Details on the SEAI’s disciplinary procedure and appeals process is also available on their website: www.seai.ie/resources/publications/Better-Energy-Homes-QADP.pdf.