€3m to retrofit older third level buildings

A new €3 million pilot programme to improve energy efficiency and support decarbonisation in higher education institutions as part of targets in the Climate Action Plan has been announced. 

Among the initiatives that will be considered include deep retrofitting of older or low energy efficiency buildings to bring them to at least B2 Building Energy Rating, viable renewable technologies, decarbonisation of heating systems and projects that deliver energy reduction and carbon savings. 

The programme will also help to develop and trial scalable approaches to retrofitting in a similar way to a pilot programme which is benefitting 33 schools over the last three years.

The SEAI has provided consultancy support on Energy Efficient Design to a number of higher education institutions.