The Better Energy Homes scheme temporarily closed for new applications following Budget 2012 and a subsequent announcement by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources reopened for new homeowner applications on December 8th 2011.
A number of scheme revisions have been agreed and the two key changes to the scheme are:
Revised grant amounts for all wall insulation types and Building Energy Rating (BER)
Internal and external wall insulation grants will no longer be one single amount, but rather be based upon the house type.
Grants for attic insulation and all heating system upgrades including solar remain unchanged.
A summary of the new grant levels, and how they relate to house type, is shown below:
A Building Energy Rating (BER) is an integral part of all grant applications under the Better Energy Homes scheme, whereby homeowners must undertake a BER on their home after grant aided works have been completed. A homeowner is entitled to BER funding of €50 once per home. This funding will be applied to your grant application automatically provided you have never applied previously for BER funding. You will be informed during the online grant application process if BER funding is available for your home or as part of your Letter of Grant Offer if you have applied through the post. It is advisable that you apply for and undertake all planned grant aided works at the same time to minimise the costs of multiple BER assessments.
Please note the minimum grant amount for the first application must be €400. A BER grant, where applicable, does not count towards the €400 minimum.
Further information on the Better Energy Home Scheme Grants can be found at www.seai.ie