Should I upgrade my home insulation?

An insulation upgrade is the single best way to make your home consume less energy, before you even consider upgrading your heating system or replacing the windows. Here’s how to approach your home insulation upgrade in Ireland.

In this article we cover:

  • Assessing what state your home is in
  • The choice between a deep or shallow retrofit
  • Fabric upgrades: what they are and how to tackle them
  • Top three tips for a successful insulation upgrade
  • Grants and funding your project
  • What your obligations are under the building regulations
  • Improving airtightness


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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