Policy status:Ended
Date Effective:2008
Date Ended:December 2009
Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Grants and subsidies
Policy Target:Multiple RE Sources>Power, Multiple RE Sources>CHP, Multiple RE Sources>Heating
Policy Sector:Electricity
Size of Plant Targeted:Small
Agency:Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI)
Funding:EUR 9 million 2008-11
Description:The Low Carbon Housing Programme is the successor to Sustainable Energy Irelands (SEI) House of Tomorrow Programme. It aims to support the development of new low-carbon and energy efficient housing through providing capital grants to developers. The programme invites proposals for housing developments incorporating design and technology features that lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions from energy use in a typical new home by at least 70% relative to a reference dwelling built to baseline Building Regulations 2005 standards. The developments covered by the programme will combine heat and electricity demand reduction, efficient low-carbon heat supply, and efficient low-carbon electricity auto-generation. The minimum requirements are that development proposals reach the following targets: - A building energy rating (BER) of A2 or better; - Achieve an energy performance coefficient (EPC) less than 0.25 (below the current Building Regulations figure of 0.6); - Achieve a carbon dioxide performance coefficient (CPC) less than 0.30 (below the current Building Regulations figure of 0.69); - Generate electricity onsite (for supply or export) per unit to the equivalent of 10 kWh/m2 per year or greater (primary energy). Specific requirements include 14 different aspects, two of which concern the use of renewable energy for onsite electricity generation and heating: 1) Onsite electrical generation: Microgeneration technologies and large-scale solutions are both supported, both renewable and CHP. Use of smart meters is also important. 10) Principal auxiliary heating systems: Using central heating condensing oil, gas boilers (must be high efficiency, can incorporate solar panels) or wood pellet boilers, solar space heating, heat pump, group or community heating system. The preferred scale of projects is between 5 and 15 units, though one-off houses are not precluded. Indicative funding is that up to 40% of eligible expenditure, up to a maximum of EUR 15 000 per unit will be provided. The level of support will be dependent on various factors, such as the level of innovation proposed, the performance improvement achieved (in terms of energy and CO2 reductions), and in certain cases the typical floor area of the dwellings in the development.

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