Better Energy Homes heat pump grant
The installation of Heat Pump systems is funded by SEAI under the Better Energy Homes programme. One of the requirements for a dwelling to qualify for a grant for heat pump systems is that the energy performance of the dwelling fabric is suitable for heat pump system installation. This is to ensure the heat pump system performs well and the dwelling’s electricity bills are not too high. This can be achieved by insulating the dwelling and/or by upgrading the windows. SEAI aims for installed heat pump systems to be as efficient and effective as is feasible. To make this possible, an independent SEAI Registered Technical Advisor must be engaged by the homeowner as part of the grant application process. The Technical Advisor guides the homeowner on the energy performance of the dwelling, particularly on the suitability of the dwelling for a heat pump system based on the dwelling’s heat loss. They also provide the homeowner with independent guidance on measures necessary to ensure that the dwelling fabric heat loss is lowered to an acceptable level for a heat pump system to perform effectively and efficiently. The required heat loss level is expressed as a Heat Loss Indicator of 2 Watts/Kelvin/m2 . Note: SEAI also offers grants for home insulation. The Better Energy Homes programme offers a grant of €200 towards the Technical Assessment of the dwelling, with the grant only payable in conjunction with the heat pump system grant. To qualify for this funding the homeowner must choose a Technical Advisor and complete the heat pump system and any upgrades required according to the programme rules. Please note that uninsulated homes built more than 30 years ago may require substantial and costly upgrades to qualify for a heat pump system grant
Role of the Technical Advisor
As part of the application process for a heat pump grant a Technical Advisor is engaged by the homeowner to advise on the energy performance of the dwelling. The Technical Advisor guides the homeowner on the suitability of the dwelling for a heat pump system, particularly from a heat loss perspective. If the dwelling heat loss is too high, the dwelling will not qualify for a Better Energy Homes heat pump system grant. In this instance, the Technical Advisor provides the homeowner with independent guidance in a Technical Assessment, detailing any upgrades needed to reduce the heat loss to the required level for a heat pump system to perform at its best. The Technical Assessment form is submitted to SEAI on completion and is signed by the homeowner and Technical Advisor. Submission of the Technical Assessment is a pre-requisite in the heat pump system grant application process. Depending on homeowner requirements, the Technical Advisor may provide further guidance and support to the homeowner in respect of subsequent fabric and heat pump system upgrades, and may also carry out the required BER assessment after all grant measures are complete.
Heat Pump System Grant Process
Technical Assessment of the dwelling using an SEAI Registered Technical Advisor
Carry out the measures identified in the technical assessment (if any) to bring the dwelling heat loss down to the required level of 2 Watts/Kelvin/m2 . Details of how to obtain any applicable fabric upgrade grants, if identified as necessary in the Technical Assessment Form, are available on SEAI’s website.
Proceed with heat pump system grant application and heat pump system installation process.
BER Assessor carries out post works BER assessment and checks that the dwelling’s heat loss and newly installed heat pump system efficiency requirements are met for post works BER DOW.
To qualify for the Technical Assessment grant and the Heat Pump grant, you must carry out the recommended fabric upgrades to ensure your home meets the required heat loss indicator of 2 Watts/Kelvin/m2 , thus ensuring your heat pump system performs efficiently and effectively. Failure to meet this requirement will result in both grants being declined.