Deep retrofitting of our housing stock is recognised as one of Ireland’s biggest energy efficiency challenges and also a major economic and employment opportunity. This was the theme of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) inaugural National Deep Retrofit Conference which took place today at the Aviva Stadium. As many as one million homes built in the last century are considered to be significantly energy inefficient, resulting in higher energy bills and, in some cases, poorer health and wellbeing for homeowners. The upgrade work required is worth over €35 billion to the Irish economy between now and 2050.
The conference is the first of its kind to take place in Ireland with participation from key stakeholders including building design and construction professionals, financiers, Local Authorities and policy makers. Opening today’s conference, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD said:
“The performance of our building stock is one of the greatest energy efficiency challenges facing our country. Today’s conference acts as a forum to share experiences and learn from each other. However, in overcoming these challenges there is the potential for significant economic and employment opportunity, as well as delivering more comfortable, healthier homes that are cheaper to run.”