Building Contractors Kildare & Dublin

SEI Grant Aid Process

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Sustainable Energy Authoring of Ireland Explained

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has just launched a new five-year strategic plan with a mission of transforming Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices, and a vision of making Ireland a recognised global leader in sustainable energy.


The Home Energy Saving Scheme provides grants to certain homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their home. Landlords and owners of more than one property can also apply for a grant under the scheme. The scheme is administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

A new National Energy Retrofit Programme is going to be launched in the coming year (2011). It is intended that the Home Energy Saving Scheme will be absorbed into this programme, together with the Warmer Homes Scheme and the Greener Homes Scheme.

Budget 2011

A new tax  relief scheme is being introduced to encourage people to make their homes more energy-efficient. This relief will be given up to a maximum expenditure of €10,000 at the standard rate of income tax. Credit will be given in the following tax year.

Types of work covered

Under the (HES Scheme) Home Energy Saving Scheme, you can avail of grants for the following energy saving work:

  • Roof insulation
  • Wall insulation – cavity wall, internal dry lining or external insulation (outsulation)
  • Installation of a high efficiency boiler (more than 90% efficiency) including heating controls upgrade
  • Heating controls upgrade
  • Building Energy Rating (BER) after the energy saving work is carried out.

SEAI will only fund certain heating control upgrades with certain functions.

How to find out if your home would benefit from energy saving work

We at Clane Building Works can provide:

Free information on HES and HES grants, BER certification and assessments, application for concessions etc.
Design Supply and installation of attic insulation, high efficiency HVAC equipment and controls.
All other related services.

Contacting us
For further information on Attic Insulation and HES grants contact us on callsave 045 840116 or please complete our free online enquiry form…click here


You must have grant approval before you buy materials or start any grant-funded energy saving work. If you have already started work, you will not be eligible for a grant.

However, a before BER can be done ahead of grant approval and could prove useful if you are uncertain about your energy saving options or what to get done first.

To qualify for a grant you must:

  • Be the owner of a dwelling built prior to 2006
  • Use a contractor from SEAI’s registered list ( We at Clane Building Works are registered contractors with the SEAI)
  • Have a BER carried out after the works are done (this now applies from 8 June 2010)
  • Use a BER assessor from SEAI’s National Register
  • Apply for a minimum amount of €500 with your first application. You can apply for a number of grants under the scheme to reach the €500 minimum application amount but a BER grant cannot form part of this amount.

You may not get a grant if:

  • Your first grant application is for less than €500
  • You are replacing your existing boiler with a typical efficiency boiler of less than 90% efficiency
  • You replace your boiler but do not replace the heating controls
  • The work is part of any payment you received under the HES pilot scheme – see below.

SEAI publishes detailed rules for the scheme.

Home Energy Saving (HES) pilot scheme

The HES pilot scheme has ended. If you got a grant under the HES pilot scheme you may apply a grant under the Home Energy Saving Scheme but the work must not be part of any payment you received under the HES pilot scheme. You must also meet the other qualifying criteria for the Home Energy Saving Scheme.


Grants are paid after the work is completed and you have paid your contractor.

Applications received from specific offshore islands are eligible for 50% additional grant support.

If the cost of the work (including VAT) is less than the maximum grant amount, you will get a grant for the actual cost of the work.

How Much Are the Grants?

Grants are fixed for each type of measure as indicated in the table below. Grant approval must be in place before any purchase of materials or commencement of measures undertaken. Grants are paid after the measures are completed and the contractor has been paid by the homeowner. In the instance where the cost of the work (vat inclusive) is less than the fixed grant amount, the actual cost will be reimbursed.

Roof Roof Insulation €250
Attic Attic Insulation €200
Wall Cavity wall insulation €320
Internal Wall Dry-Lining €2,000
External wall insulation €4,000
Heating Controls High Efficiency Gas or Oil fired Boiler with Heating Controls Upgrade €560
Heating Controls Upgrade €400
Heating Systems Solar Heating €800
BER Assessment Afterworks BER assessment €80**

* Please note that while you are entitled to apply for each Measure there is a minimum requirement that the grant amount in the first application must be €500 or greater. The BER grant cannot form part of this €500 amount.

*An after BER assessment is now mandatory to avail of the SEI grant scheme.

How Do I Apply?

For application details please visit and click on home energy saving

Detailed Grant Aid Procedure

Sustainable Energy Ireland, or SEI, grants home owners with certain cost coverage based on the type of renewable energy they opt to use in their homes. The available renewable energy technologies include solar heating, heating pumps, wood chip or pellet stoves and wood chip or pellet boilers. The levels of funding are varied and will depend on the exact equipment used as well. The detailed grant aid procedure used by home owners to collect aid for their renewable energy schemes differ according to certain aspects of the technologies used.

Who can avail of SEI grants?

Eligibility for SEI grants is included in the detailed grant aid procedure. To be approved for a domestic Greener Homes Scheme grant for eg., the following conditions must be met without any exclusion.

  • Applicant must verify the property for which the grant is needed has been occupied for at least one year, has an existing heating system and is currently occupied.
  • Applicant must be the owner and have complete rights to the property.
  • Applicant must submit a fully completed application form with the most current information included in it.
  • A bank account and sort code details must be provided by the applicant to facilitate the grant’s electronic payments (EBS and Credit Union accounts are not accepted).
  • Applicant must agree to the relevant terms and conditions, stipulated at the time of application.
  • On the date of application, the product to be used must be listed on the Registered Product List ( )
  • The contracted installer must be listed on the Registered Installer List on the date of system commissioning
  • To approve the grant, SEI must have adequate funding (as relevant to the scheme’s phase)

How to apply for SEI grants?

Applications must be filled out on the Scheme Application Form after reading through and understanding the Scheme Application Guide. After an application is received by the SEI, it will be evaluated based on the above mentioned criteria. If approved, a Letter of Offer will be issued to the applicant. The applicant must confirm it within 30 days to receive the grant. The grant offer remains valid for 12 months from the date of issue of the Letter of Offer.

Other grants for buildings and housing

There are several other grants available in the detailed grant aid procedure, including those for commercial buildings. These include:

  • Low Carbon Homes Program
  • Warmer Homes Scheme
  • Public and Commercial Sector
  • Renewable Heat Deployment Program
  • Combined Heat and Power Deployment Program
  • Renewable Energy Research, Development and Demonstration Program
  • Sustainable Energy Incubator Program

Contacting us
For more details on the detailed grant aid procedure, please contact us on callsave 045 840116 or complete our free online enquiry form…click here

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