Frequently Asked Questions about Retrofitting a Building:

How do I Know if I qualify for the Housing Adaptation Grant?

By calling 1800282282, you will get the necessary forms and a home visit from one of our team. They will guide you through the process of grant applications. An Occupational Therapist will be engaged to conduct a report to determine exactly what needs to be done to improve your life.

What happens if I already have some insulation/energy related products in my home?

Our Engineers will include them in the Free Home Energy Survey so you can see exactly how they contribute to the overall energy efficiency upgrade.

What retrofit practices are most cost effective?


  • Cavity wall insulation is an expanded polystyrene material which is injected in bead form into the cavity through holes drilled to the exterior
  • Attic insulation is a kingspan board or a fibreglass type roll that is placed between the ceiling joists from the attic
  • Internal insulation is a 100mm thick insulated plasterboard attached to the inside of the building and is also known as a cozy board

Heating controls upgrade and boiler replacement

  • The old boiler is replaced with an efficient condensing boiler
  • Heating controls systems are installed to have complete control of your new heating system.
  • Thermostats installed to control the heat in each zone or room
  • Separate the heating system by zoning, have one motorized valve controlling heat on the ground and another motorized valve controlling the heating on the second
  • The entire system is controlled by the control panel which has a seven day programmer

Thermal Envelope (outer walls of the building)

  • Carryout an air pressure test to identify heat leakage or gaps in the building
  • Seal around window and door openings by caulking
  • Replace the internal window and door seals
  • Insert chimney draught excluders on open fireplaces. This allows you control the amount of heat leaving the room

Who can avail of the Better Energy Home Scheme?

It is a National scheme and therefore all homeowners of dwellings built before 2006 may apply. Landlords and owners of multiple properties may also apply, however they must submit a separate application form for each property.

What Grants are available from the SEAI?

Energy Efficient Works

    Cash Grant Value*
Insulation Attic Insulation €200
Wall Insulation – Cavity €250
Wall Insulation – Internal Dry Lining
Apartment (any) OR Mid- terrace House €900
Semi-detached or End of Terrace €1,350
Detached House €1,800
Wall Insulation – External
Apartment (any) OR Mid- terrace House €1,800
Semi-detached or End of Terrace €2,700
Detached House €3,600
Heating System Heating Controls with Boiler (Oil or Gas) Upgrade. €560
Heating Controls Upgrade only €400
Solar Heating €800

What are the criteria for applying?

To be eligible to apply to the Better Energy Homes scheme, the following criteria must be met:

  • Grant approval from SEAI must be in place before any purchase of materials or commencement of measures undertaken.
  • The grant offer, once accepted by the applicant, remains valid for six (6) months from the date of issue of grant offer notification.
  • Applicants to the Better Energy Homes scheme must use Contractors who are active on the registered Contractor List at the time of works.
  • The measure being applied for must be for newly fitted materials / products and cannot have been incentivised previously in the particular home under any other grant programme.
  • Qualifying expenditure includes materials and labour except in the instance where a Contractor is completing works within his own home in which case only the cost of materials will be deemed qualifying expenditure.

How do I apply?

The easiest method to apply for the grant is to:

  • Call 1800282282 to request an representative to provide you with the forms and assist you with information that you may need.

For application details please visit www.seai.ie Homeowners section.

Who can apply?

All homeowners of dwellings built before 2006 may apply. Please note that a third party (ie contractor, assessor or anyone other than family or close friend) must not apply on your behalf for a Better Energy Homes grant as this contravenes the Terms of their Registration.

What type of work can I get a grant for?

Grants are available to eligible applicants for undertaking the following works, in accordance with the requirements outlined in the Contractors Code of Practice and Standards & Specification Guidelines.

  • Attic  Insulation
  • Wall Insulation – this includes either cavity wall, internal dry lining or external insulation
  • Installation of a High Efficiency (> 90%) Gas or Oil fired  Boilers  with Heating Controls Upgrade
  • Heating Controls Upgrade
  • Solar Heating
  • Building Energy Rating (BER)

Who can do the work?

In accordance with the schemes Terms and Conditions, all works must be completed by a contractor from SEAIs Registered List. House2Home is on the list of contractors that SEAI permit to carry out grant works.

Should there be a contract in place between the Homeowner and the Contractor?

It is a requirement of registration that all contractors have a written contract with the homeowners for all works undertaken under the Better Energy Homes scheme. Homeowners are therefore required to comply with this requirement and ensure that there is a contract in place between the homeowner and the contractor, which will ensure appropriate levels of consumer protection.  A copy of model contract can be downloaded from www.seai.ie/betterenergyhomes.