For Written Answer on : 26/10/2022
Question Number(s): 55 Question Reference(s): 53716/22
Department: Environment, Climate and Communications
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
[Ref No.: 53716/22]
* To ask the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications if he will allow those homeowners who avail of individual home energy upgrade grants, and are in management of their own upgrades, to include grant aid for windows and doors, as is the case of those using the one-stop-shop service; if not, the reason; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – David Stanton.
* For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 26th October, 2022.
(592 Received on 19th October, 2022.)
Earlier this year, the Government approved a package of significantly improved supports to make it easier and more affordable for homeowners to undertake home energy upgrades, for warmer, healthier and more comfortable homes, with lower energy bills and lower emissions. The supports include a new National Home Energy Upgrade Scheme, offering increased grant levels of up to 50% of the cost of a typical B2 home energy upgrade with a heat pump (up from the previous level of 30-35%).
Many of the grant supports available under the new Scheme have also been aligned to other relevant schemes including the Better Energy Homes Scheme to support a step-by-step, self-managed approach to retrofit; and, the Community Energy Grant Scheme for homeowners that want to retrofit their homes as part of a community project.
Window and door replacements are available under the National Home Energy Upgrade Scheme, as well as under the Community Energy Grant scheme, as part of a whole house upgrade solution, as required, to achieve an energy efficient home to B2.
Replacement windows are considered on a case by case basis under the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme which delivers free upgrades to eligible homeowners in low income households vulnerable to energy poverty. Replacement doors are not included.
Window replacements are not supported as individual measures, outside of a complete home retrofit, and as such are not available under the Better Energy Homes Scheme.