A Deep Retrofit brings the BER of a 1960’s Dublin house from an E1 to an A-rated home.

As Ireland prepares for major changes in favour of a greener and more sustainable society, retrofitting homes will play a prominent role in delivering on climate targets. A deep retrofit of an 1960s Dublin home has transformed it into a modern, comfortable, energy efficient home, showing what can be achieved with the older building stock throughout Ireland.

Results

  • A-rated home
  • Minimised heat loss
  • Renewable energy available

Key achievements

Installed renewable energy technology

Replaced gas central heating system with a heat pump and installed solar pv panels with battery storage,  to power household appliances

BER A1 achieved

The works achieved a BER uplift from E to A1 BER.

 

A healthier, warmer home for the residents

Vastly improved thermal performance of the home making it more comfortable for the homeowner.  

Installed mechanical ventilation and heat recovery

This improves air quality and comfort for the residents

 

SEAI’s Deep Retrofit Pilot Scheme

The SEAI Deep Retrofit grant programme launched in 2017 to investigate the challenges and opportunities of deep retrofit in Ireland. The findings to date are informing our approach towards a large-scale deep retrofit of our housing stock. We are committed to sharing learnings from the pilot programme and we hope our case studies will help you understand better the measures carried out and the resulting uplift in the BER.

 

About the project

This 126m2 end-of-terrace house in Dublin 7 was built in 1963 using concrete hollow block. Before the deep retrofit project started, the house was cold, draughty and expensive to run. There was no insulation, and the house had a BER of E1, which is typical of homes built in the sixties that have not undergone any building upgrades.  

Phase one of the retrofit involved insulating the home to minimise heat loss. External wall insulation was applied and the entire attic floor was fitted with 100mm thick insulation. The existing double glazed windows were replaced with triple glazed and a new composite door with triple glazed side panels replaced the old PVC door.

The next phase was to introduce a renewable heating system to support the transition away from fossil fuels. The gas fired central heating was replaced with an air to water heat pump, providing  space heating and ‘always on’ hot water for the home. An underfloor heating system, zoned heating controls and thermostatic radiator valves (TRV’s) replaced an open fire as they worked towards eliminating carbon from the house. The project also included an array of 12 300W solar photovoltaic (PV) panels along with a 2.8 kWh storage battery, allowing the homeowner to  power their appliances from a renewable source and store energy that was not used.

A Heat Recovery Ventilation System was installed to sustain a high standard of indoor air quality. All light fittings were replaced with high efficient LED’s which are more durable and require less maintenance.

The deep retrofit of a home means carrying out multiple energy upgrades all at once to achieve an A-rated home like this. In this case, disturbance for the occupants of the home was minimal and they were all able to remain living in the home throughout the process. This house is now a more comfortable and healthier place to live in. A-rated homes are the most energy efficient and will tend to have the lowest energy bills.

 

“The perfect temperature in the house and the comfort would be the huge thing we notice. There are no draughts! We now only have one bill in the house every two months, and that is an electricity bill, we used to have a gas bill and electricity bill. We are definitely saving money” - the Homeowner.