SEAI begins journey ‘Towards Zero’ for energy efficiency in homes

Inaugural National Deep Retrofit Conference

Deep Retrofit Conference














24 May 2017: As many as one million homes built in the last century are considered to be significantly energy inefficient. This means higher energy bills and, in some cases, poorer health and wellbeing for the homeowners. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is set to begin a programme ‘Towards Zero’ to address this, aiming to significantly improve the energy performance of existing homes. On 21 June, the inaugural National Deep Retrofit Conference will mark the start of this journey at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Delegates will explore the challenges and opportunities, and share experiences of deep retrofitting of homes.

This work is one of the greatest energy efficiency challenges and involves providing homeowners with information and confidence, assessing the best value retrofit approach for the types of homes we have in Ireland, increasing supply chain capacity and quality and examining financing options. However, overcoming these challenges represents a significant economic and employment opportunity, as well as resulting in more comfortable and healthier homes which are cheaper to run.

“We’re exploring ways to help homeowners overcome the various barriers to deep retrofit, while exploring opportunities to build a robust and sustainable supply chain to support this activity. It is also essential that this is completed in the context of what a smarter home, and a smarter grid will look like in the future.” said Jim Gannon, Chief Executive of SEAI.

“Over a number of years we have completed a wide range of pilot studies of different financing and technical solutions. Budget 2017 gave us extra funds to co-ordinate and extend these pilots, enabling us to provide a ‘clearing house’ and best practice platform for national Deep Retrofit activities. Each year the conference will chart our collective progress as SEAI and others upgrade Ireland’s building stock to the highest efficiency levels.”

The conference will bring together policy makers, state bodies, researchers, local deliverers and property owners under one roof. The ‘Towards Zero’ project will seek to engage all stakeholders in the process and aims to encourage all homeowners to ensure their home is extremely energy efficient with a low energy requirement. Homeowners should visit SEAI's homeowner grants page to check out the range of grants available and contact SEAI for more details on how they can save money by retrofitting their home.

For full conference details and to register for the conference, please click here

Editors Notes

Who should attend:

This conference will bring together the full range of stakeholders and supply chain actors under one roof, to start the journey 'Towards Zero'. This includes: policy-makers; state bodies; researchers; local deliverers / project co-ordinators; property owners and landlords; technology providers; finance and business professionals; and building contractors.

Conference programme

The programme features national and international perspectives, establishing a framework for action across all stakeholders.  Conference themes include:

  •          The vision for deep retrofit
  •          National and international policy
  •          Behavioural insights
  •          Building market capacity
  •          Supply chain quality
  •          Leveraging the opportunity

Speaker line-up

Speakers already confirmed for the event include:

  • Jim Gannon - CEO, SEAI
  • Victoria Burrows - Project Manager, World Green Building Council
  • Catrin Maby - Associate Consultant, Rickaby Thompson
  • Jim Scheer - Programme Manager, SEAI
  • Jan Steiger - Passivhaus Institute
  • Andrée Dargan - County Architect, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
  • Paul Kenny - CEO, Tipperary Energy Agency
  • Marion Jammet – Business Developnment manager, Irish Green Building Council
  • Brian Montayne – Manager, ESB eHeat
  • Seamus Hoyne – Head of Flexible Learning, Limerick Institute of Technology
  • Jenny Power – Programme Executive, SEAI
  • Sean Armstrong – Senior Technical Advisor, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government
  • Cormac Allen - Assistant Head of School, Dublin Institute of Technology 
  • Michael Hanratty – Managing Director, IHER Energy Services
  • Conor Hanniffy – Programme Manager, SEAI
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