The Killarney based charity insulated two houses to give residents more comfort and reduce energy costs.

Key results

  • 3,361 kgCO2

    of carbon savings
  • €1,393

    thermal energy savings
  • €15,007

    SEAI funding


Kerry Parents and Friends Association (KPFA) is a registered charity based in Killarney, Co. Kerry. It provides services to adults with intellectual disabilities within the community.

The first house opened in Tralee in 1978 and the charity now provides day, residential, respite, home support and outreach services in 30 centres throughout Kerry.

The project

KPFA installed external insulation to two homes. Prior to works, there was mould growth on the walls within one of the properties.

The homes were cold and they had high heating bills.

A considerable proportion of KPFA housing stock was constructed in the 1970’s and 1980’s and needs significant works to improve the energy performance of the buildings.

They plan to review all housing stock and reduce heat loss. Longer term plans include reviewing more efficient heating systems.

The project was coordinated by REIL (Retrofit Energy Ireland Ltd).

Since the external insulation has been installed the house is much warmer and there is no evidence of dampness. The homes also look really nice with the new wrap. Service users and staff are happy with the work and the results.
Staff at Hawthorn House, Kilcummin, Killarney


The project cost €50,023 in total. SEAI funded 30% of it as a community project, which amounted to €15,007.

To date, the association has saved €1,393 in thermal energy and 3,361 kgCO2.

SEAI's community supports

This project was a recipient of a SEAI community grant. SEAI provides a range of additional community supports including free mentoring, technical supports and funding. In addition to grant funding, projects are able to apply for energy credits.

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