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  • Writer's pictureDeclan Hurley

€6 million energy efficient design grant funding announced

Applications to the SEAI Excellence in Energy Efficient Design (EXEED) Scheme are open, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton has announced.

A fund of up to €6 million is available for projects delivering best practice in the design, construction and management of buildings for optimum energy efficiency.

Successful applicants will be currently in the design phase of planning capital projects for new or existing buildings.

In order to qualify for a grant, participants must follow the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) EXEED standard and embed energy efficiency measures in the design of their projects.

The grant is open to public and private organisations who are planning an investment project of any scale or complexity.

According to the SEAI, the grant therefore doesn’t support single retrofit projects but rather full asset energy performance.

The energy saving potential is proportionate to the level of ambition, challenge to existing design norms and investment.

Making the announcement, Minister Bruton said: “Recognising increased potential and growing appetite for investment in this area we have provided €6 million in funding for this programme this year – almost about double the value of the demand in last year’s scheme.

A huge range of bodies ranging from local GAA clubs to Data Centres and from hospitals to agri-businesses have made savings of over 30% in their energy costs through the scheme. The certification it yields is a great selling point for climate aware leaders.

CEO of Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland Jim Gannon said: “Businesses who have followed the SEAI EXEED process have saved over 30% on their baseline energy costs, increasing their competitiveness in the marketplace, reducing their carbon footprint and delivering a strong return on investment.

The SEAI EXEED grant application process is now open. For further information on the scheme and details on how to apply, follow the link below.

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