Applications to the SEAI Excellence in Energy Efficient Design (EXEED) Scheme are open. A fund of up to €6 million is available for projects delivering best practice in the design, construction and management of buildings for optimum energy efficiency.
The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton T.D. today (Friday the 1st of March) announced that applications to the SEAI Excellence in Energy Efficient Design (EXEED) Scheme are open.
Successful applicants will be currently in the design phase of planning capital projects for new or existing buildings. In order to qualify for a grant, participants must follow the SEAI EXEED standard and embed energy efficiency measures in the design of their projects. The grant is open to public and private organisations who are planning an investment project of any scale or complexity.
Energy savings in excess of 30% are common and in addition to the energy and climate impacts, the SEAI EXEED certification will assist businesses to become more efficient, competitive and resilient.
The government are committed to making Ireland a leader in responding to climate change. Minister Bruton is currently developing an all of government plan, which will have actions across all sectors according to strict timelines. Ensuring our built environment uses energy efficiently is critical to delivering on this ambition.
Recognising increased potential and growing appetite for investment in this area we have provided €6m in funding for this programme this year – almost about double the value of the demand in last year’s scheme. A huge range of bodies ranging from local GAA clubs to Data Centres and from hospitals to agribusiness have made savings of over 30% in their energy costs through the scheme. The certification it yields is a great selling point for climate aware leaders.
CEO of Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland Jim Gannon said,
“The SEAI EXEED process identifies opportunities to create additional value while undertaking capital works. Businesses who have followed the SEAI EXEED process have saved over 30% on their baseline energy costs, increasing their competitiveness in the marketplace, reducing their carbon footprint and delivering a strong return on investment."
"The 70 organisations we have helped thus far have included multinational manufacturers, agribusinesses, hotels, universities and sports clubs. Through SEAI EXEED and our other business programmes, we look forward to working with more businesses who want to show leadership in addressing our climate challenge.”
In designing the hotel, we felt strongly that the property should deliver an exceptional guest experience, while reducing the hotel’s carbon footprint and energy costs for years to come. What has been really exciting for us is the reaction from our key clients actively seeking to work with sustainable travel providers in line with their global green policies. Through the SEAI EXEED process, the energy use of the building has decreased by 80% and the BER has gone from an E1 to an A3 rating.