The Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government and Planning, the Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform and the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage have announced a €65m Social Housing Retrofitting Programme.
The plan is to initially target 1,293 local authority owned homes with a budget of €35m. An additional €10m will be channelled towards the Local Authorities who prove to be most efficient in the implementation of the plan. €20m will also be invested via the Midlands Retrofit Programme. Thus, the total target for houses to be retrofitted in 2021 is 2,400 social homes.
The program is part of the “The Programme for Government 2020” which sets out to retrofit 500,000 homes by 2030. The overarching aim is to reduce total carbon dioxide emissions by 50% by 2030. As around 40% of total emissions are caused by buildings, the government is obliged to consider the retrofit option.
Since 2013, over 73,500 local authorities have been retrofitted in some way. However, this particular scheme entails a much deeper retrofitting which will have a greater impact on total emissions.
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