Retrofitting report

A retrofit one-stop-shop for approved housing bodies and local authorities

Electric Ireland Superhomes is a joint venture between Tipperary Energy Agency and ESB (Electric Ireland) established in 2021. We are an SEAI registered one-stop-shop looking after all the key stages of a home energy retrofit, from design, contractor selection, project completion, and management of SEAI grant funding to bring houses and apartments to a minimum of a B2 BER standard.

Electric Ireland Superhomes’ vision is to empower our customers to achieve warmer, healthier, low-carbon homes with a renewable energy focused approach. We are currently on track to achieve our target of retrofitting over 30,000 homes by 2030.

Electric Ireland Superhomes delivers retrofit solutions with the support of a multi-disciplined staff of over 50 people comprised of retrofit advisors, energy engineers, surveyors, and BER assessors. We now have a dedicated team that specifically focuses on larger projects with special focus on housing owned and managed by local authorities, approved housing bodies, and non-corporate landlords. This team is led by Mike O’Rourke who has over 28 years’ experience in building services engineering, with the last seven years in the housing retrofit sector and supported by David Ahearne with over 25 years in project and account management roles and experience within the retrofit sector.

The dedicated large projects team bring a wealth of expertise in planning, execution, and oversight, ensuring that projects are delivered on time and within budget. With a keen understanding of the intricacies of project management, they can effectively navigate potential challenges, mitigate risks, and optimise available resources. Their ability to anticipate potential roadblocks and implement strategic solutions contributes to the overall success of the project. Ultimately, by entrusting Electric Ireland Superhomes with the oversight of their energy retrofit programme, a local authority or approved housing body stands to benefit from enhanced efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and successful project outcomes.

For local authorities, Electric Ireland Superhomes can provide a range of services to meet their needs from a full energy retrofit consultancy service to the provision of services expected under the Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme.

From 2022 to date, our large projects team have been engaged by several local authorities, for the delivery of energy retrofit works of over 750+ units. Our minimum objective is to deliver a B2 post-BER rating on all homes and in 2023, 44 per cent of all our local authority houses achieved an A post-BER rating.

In 2024, we have been contracted by additional local authorities for their Energy Efficiency Retrofit Programme and are forecasting significant growth in this sector.

Before Retrofit
After Retrofit

For approved housing bodies and non-corporate landlords, Electric Ireland Superhomes can provide a full one-stop-shop service that can avail of the SEAI grants for houses that were built and occupied before 2011 and have an existing BER of B3 or lower. SEAI grant supported retrofit measures include insulation upgrades (including roofs, walls, floors), replacement doors and windows, mechanical ventilation, airtightness, solar PV, and heat pumps.

The process for an energy retrofit starts with an initial consultation to establish your requirements followed by a detailed house survey that includes the building fabric and heating systems. An energy report is then prepared that recommends a package of measures. Once satisfied with the recommendations in the report, we can finalise the design of the works, prepare documents for tender or pricing, and manage the grant process. We carry out interim checks on the retrofit works in progress and a detailed final inspection once the project is completed. A health and safety file and post-works BER Certificate are provided on completion of the project.

David Ahearne and Mike O’Rourke.

For more information contact:
David Ahearne, Corporate Account
T: 087 489 6572

Mike O’Rourke, Head of Contracting and Safety
T: 086 440 2565

Grants offered are provided by the Government of Ireland through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

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