With residential energy accounting for 23% of Ireland’s total energy consumption, housing and its sustainability is imperative for Ireland to transition to a low carbon economy. In 2018, the average dwelling consumed a total of 18,208 kWh of energy; 75% of this was direct fuels which is often found to be a fossil fuel-based heating source such as oil, gas, peat, coal and the remainder electricity. In 2018, the average dwelling emitted 5.1 tonnes of energy-related CO2 which is down from 8 tonnes in 2005 but there is more scope for improvement. 3cea aim to support and drive the residential sustainable activities amongst the citizens and organisations of the region.
Some challenges the industry faces are behavioural change requirements towards more sustainable energy, awareness levels, financial capital to implement energy upgrades, and available and relevant skillsets to undertake energy improvements in line with NZEB and current building regulations.
An energy upgrade does not just mean a reduction in energy costs and CO2 savings, it can also benefit your own environment by producing a more comfortable home, reduced health issues, an increase in job creation and an increase in home value. Apart from the energy savings, Deep Retrofit is also expected to have significant health benefits as householders will enjoy cleaner, better circulated air.