The SuperHomes Health Pilot 2017 is aimed at homeowners living with COPD or asthma and provides a deep retrofit to Solid Mass Concrete properties in Tipperary. The aim of the scheme is to move the homeowner away from fossil fuel heating systems and replace with a heat pump, along with other measures that will raise the Building Energy Rating to a near A3. This will provide the homeowner with a warmer, healthier home; lowering running costs, energy consumption and benefiting health. It is run by Tipperary Energy Agency and is funded under the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s Better Energy Communities Program and Electric Ireland.
This retrofit is of significant value, estimated €40,000 – €50,000 per home and is 95%+ funded from the state. It will transform the home of the applicant and likely have a large impact on the health of the occupants.
Who is Eligible?
Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria
• The home must be 100m2 or less
• The scheme is only open to Tipperary homeowners with a solid mass concrete property. (Typically constructed between 1920-1965).
• The applicant or a member of the same household must living with COPD or Asthma or have children under 12 who are living with COPD or Asthma and must be referred to the programme by a HSE official. A referral may come from a G.P or Public Health Nurse.
• Persons must also be in receipt of one of the following supplements:
1. Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme.
2. Jobseekers Allowance for more than the past 6 months and have children under 7 years of age.
3. Family Income Supplement.
4. One Parent Family Payment.
• The application will depend on a site survey to ascertain suitability. A site survey does not guarantee successful application.
• The homeowner must agree to all of the recommended works.
• The homeowner must pay €1000 towards the cost of works. A fee of €100 is paid for the initial survey at the outset of the scheme with the balance being paid upon signing of works contracts. The €100 survey fee is only refunded if the application is successful. The customer can choose to spread this over three years (interest free) on a pay as you go electricity meter (see Electricireland.ie Smarter pay as you go for further details) if required.
• The homeowners must to agree to completed research:
1. Energy and performance Research by TEA and third level universities
2. Health Research by University of Limerick & related hospital groups on health outcomes.
3. Agree to host at least 1 showcase visit for up to 10 people (Officials, Householders etc.) to showcase the works.
Qualifying Applicants will avail of the following measures:
• External Wall Insulation
• Attic Insulation
• Energy Saving Windows
• Energy Saving Doors
• Heat Pump
• Possible replacement of radiators (dependent on existing radiators)
• Ventilation system
• Energy monitoring
• Air leakage reduction.
• Removal of all combustion appliances (open fire, gas, oil and stoves).
• Replacement of hot water cylinder and pipework.
Total Cost to homeowner – €1000
This scheme has limited availability. Inclusion onto the scheme is dependent on eligibility of both the applicant and the property. We cannot guarantee inclusion onto this scheme. *Stone wall constructed houses are not accepted on this scheme.
You will need all of the following documents to apply: