Notices from SEAI relating to COVID-19 crisis

Last updated 8th January 2021

On foot of Government guidance in respect of the COVID-19 emergency, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is fully implementing measures to protect its employees and to help minimise the spread of the virus. All SEAI staff are now working from home and we will continue to operate the fullest levels of services possible to our clients and suppliers.

Please continue to take every precaution necessary to protect yourself, your family, your staff and the clients you interact with.

Please read specific notes below regarding SEAI programmes and activities.

Privacy Notice - COVID-19 Risk Assessmnet for site visits.

 

8th January 2021

On 6 January 2021, the Government updated Level 5 restrictions. In line with the increased restrictions, construction will close from 6pm on Friday 8 January, with limited exceptions. The full details are available here.

On foot of Government guidance in respect of the COVID-19 emergency, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) continues to fully implement measures to protect its employees and to help minimise the spread of the virus. All SEAI staff are working from home and we will continue to operate the fullest levels of services possible to our clients and suppliers.

For the moment be assured that:

  • All SEAI grant schemes remain open for new applications for works to be completed once construction resumes. Likewise the electric vehicle scheme remains open for dealer applications.
  • We continue to process all grant payment claims in accordance within our normal service levels.
  • SEAI’s Building Energy Rating administration system is fully available for assessors to upload ratings and for persons to check specific property ratings online.
  • To ensure no additional impact on our valuable suppliers, our accounts team will continue to process all invoices speedily, and in accordance with standard payment terms. Likewise, our procurement team will continue to issue purchase orders for all required services to facilitate ultimate payment.
  • Other regulatory aspects of our work including administration of the Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme and Market Surveillance Authority continues.
  • SEAI’s call centre remains open to answer any additional queries you may have
  • Client advocacy programmes through our energy efficiency network supports are temporarily affected because of social distancing. However, we remain available and have already introduced many alternative approaches to meet the needs of our clients.
  • SEAI is not able to advise any service provider in respect of special or additional precautions to take in conducting their own business, beyond those available from the HSE.

In this current exceptional environment, we are continually reviewing our programmes to see if there are other ways by which we can assist our customers and the public in general. Please continue to take every precaution necessary to protect yourself, your family and loved ones and anyone you interact with.

From the CEO and team at SEAI.

8th January 2021

This information is for contractors, installers, suppliers and service providers undertaking activities within SEAI funded or administered schemes. This includes:

  • Home energy grants*
  • Solar PV grants
  • Deep retrofit pilot scheme
  • BER assessments**
  • Community energy grants

*Separate guidance has issued to contractors completing works under Warmer Homes and Warmth and Wellbeing schemes.

**Separate guidance has also issued to BER assessors

On 6 January 2021, the Government updated Level 5 restrictions. In line with the increased restrictions, construction will close from 6pm on Friday 8 January, with limited exceptions. The full details are available here.

  • In light of this most recent update, SEAI believes that, in general, grant aided energy retrofit works in private homes are not essential
  • Although the Government’s instruction allows for services to businesses and homes on an emergency call-out basis in areas such as electrical, plumbing, glazing and roofing, this is solely a matter for homeowners and contractors to separately decide. SEAI cannot adjudicate on such situations
  • SEAI will continue to process all grant payment requests for works already completed and any new grant applications for future works.
  • Where retrofit works have already commenced, the contractor is responsible for ensuring that the property is left in a safe and habitable state.
  • SEAI is not able to advise any service provider in respect of special or additional precautions to take in conducting their own business, beyond those available from the HSE.

On foot of Government guidance in respect of the COVID-19 emergency, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) continues to fully implement measures to protect its employees and to help minimise the spread of the virus. All SEAI staff are working from home and we will continue to operate the fullest levels of services possible to our clients and suppliers.

8th January 2021

On 6 January 2021, the Government updated Level 5 restrictions. In line with the increased restrictions, construction will close from 6pm on Friday 8 January, with limited exceptions. The full details are available here.

In light of this most recent update, SEAI believes that, in general, Building Energy Ratings for grant aided works or discretionary BERs commissioned by property owners are not essential. The following therefore applies:

BER Assessments for Grant Claims
In response to the updated restrictions, SEAI is temporarily suspending previous requirements to furnish a valid BER at time of grant claim. SEAI will put in place appropriate alternative governance controls which will facilitate appropriate grant payments to homeowners and contractors while also maintaining appropriate BER obligations. While these provisions are temporary, they will remain in place until such time as Government guidance permits.

BERs required for property conveyancing / transactions
A BER is required for all buildings being offered for sale or let, unless the building type is exempted as defined in SI 243 of 2012.

Auditing
All audits will proceed as desk audits until further notice. No site audits will be conducted during this period. Where you have a specific difficulty in completing an audit, you can contact your auditor to discuss alternative arrangements.

BER Systems
SEAI’s online systems will continue to be available to facilitate the publication of BERs by assessors and making them available online for property transaction / conveyancing purposes.

Helpdesk queries
The BER Helpdesk will continue to operate as usual. If you have any queries, the BER Helpdesk can respond to any questions you may have.

On foot of Government guidance in respect of the COVID-19 emergency, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is fully implementing measures to protect its employees and to help minimise the spread of the virus. All SEAI staff are now working from home and we will continue to operate the fullest levels of services possible to our clients and suppliers

Best regards

SEAI, BER team

14th October 2020

We understand that there may be unavoidable impacts and delays to SEAI supported research and innovation projects. In such cases SEAI will try to work pragmatically and practically with you to offer flexibility on a case-by-case basis in relation to the following items:

  • Deadlines for technical and financial progress reporting: The most recent reporting deadline was the end of August 2020. Payments are currently being processed for all awardees based on the technical and financial progress reports submitted. The next financial progress report/claim deadline will be the 28 February 2020. We encourage projects with upcoming project completion deadlines or other concerns to please contact us with any queries. In advance of the next financial progress report/claim deadline, to support organisations that are experiencing cashflow issues SEAI is temporarily facilitating more frequent financial reporting. Please contact us on email below if you wish to avail of this.
  • No-cost Time Extensions: No-cost time extensions will be offered on a flexible case-by-case basis. Please refer to the Grant Amendment Request Form for details of how to request a no-cost time extension – available to download in the Programme Documents section of our website here.
  • Project Cost Category Reallocations: please refer to the above Grant Amendment Request Form for details of how to request a reallocation.
  • Restructuring of project milestones or deliverables and associated timelines: Proposed restructuring can be detailed and requested within your next financial progress report in February 2021.

We are available to answer any queries you may have on the above via email to EnergyResearch@seai.ie or directly with your known project contact point in the SEAI RD&D team. We will do our best to respond as quickly as possible and can speak with you over the phone if helpful.

Please also refer to the SEAI website for any further updates.

Best wishes,
The SEAI RD&D Funding Programme Team

8th January 2021

On 6 January 2021, the Government updated Level 5 restrictions. In line with the increased restrictions, construction will close from 6pm on Friday 8 January, with limited exceptions. The full details are available here.

The instructions below apply to ALL homes currently assigned to contractors i.e. homes designated as ‘Works Accepted’ or ‘Awaiting Variations Agreements’.

Homes where works have not yet commenced
Where works have not yet commenced, pre-work surveys and works should be postponed until such time as this guidance is revised.

Homes where works have already commenced, are almost complete or are requiring reworks
Where works have already commenced on a home, are almost complete or are requiring reworks, remaining works should now be postponed until such time as this guidance is revised.

Where works are being postponed, the contractor is responsible for ensuring that the property is left in a safe and habitable state before postponement.

18th May 2020

Dear SEAI ocean prototype development fund awardee,

On foot Government guidance in respect of the COVID-19 emergency, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is fully implementing measures to protect its employees and to help minimise the spread of the virus. All SEAI staff are now working from home and we will continue to operate the fullest levels of services possible to our clients and suppliers.

We understand that there may be unavoidable impacts and delays to SEAI supported ocean energy research projects. In such cases SEAI will try to work pragmatically and practically with you to offer flexibility on a case-by-case basis in relation to the following items:

  • Time Extensions: Time extensions will be offered on a flexible case-by-case basis. The grant amendment request form is available on request. Please email Ocean.Energy@seai.ie if you require a form.
  • Project Cost Category Reallocations: As per above, please request the Grant Amendment Request Form for cost reallocation.
  • Restructuring of project milestones or deliverables and associated timelines: Proposed restructuring can be detailed and requested within your progress report.

Please note that increase in project cost will not be considered as part of this amendment process. All change requests must be within original budget envelope of your project.

We are available to answer any queries you may have on the above via email to Ocean.Energy@seai.ie or directly with your known project contact point in the SEAI Ocean team. We will do our best to respond as quickly as possible and can speak with you over the phone if helpful.

Please also refer to the SEAI website for any further updates.

Best wishes,

The SEAI Ocean Team