Grant applications more than double

Pictured is An Post Green Hub ambassador and Quantity Surveyor Patricia Power.

Demand for energy grants is high, reports the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), but a survey suggests only one in five plan to upgrade their Building Energy Rating (BER).

Data shared by the SEAI with Selfbuild shows individual grant applications rose from 1,344 in January 2022 to 3,418 in February 2022 and 3,234 in March 2022.

The ROI government announced it would substantially increase grant amounts for home energy upgrades in February 2022.

But, despite those recent increases in grant incentives, more than half (54 per cent) of homeowners in ROI are not planning to undertake an energy upgrade, while 18 per cent are planning to invest in a project to improve their home’s BER.

That’s according to research carried out by the An Post Green Hub in partnership with iReach in March 2022.

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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 astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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