Better Energy Homes Scheme

The Better Energy Homes (BEH) scheme provides assistance to homeowners who are interested in improving the energy efficiency of their home in order to reduce energy use / costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

It is a national scheme and thus open to all owners of existing houses constructed prior to 2006 and for the Solar PV & Heat Pump grants, all houses built before 2011. The scheme is administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

Assistance is provided by the payment of fixed grants towards the costs of implementing remedial measures. The types of measures eligible under this scheme are roof insulation, wall insulation and boiler upgrade / heating controls upgrade. There is also a grant for the Building Energy Rating (BER) assessment required after the grant-aided works are completed.

Grant amounts 2018:

Measure Category Grant
Roof Roof Insulation €400
Wall Cavity Wall Insulation €400
  Internal Dry-Lining Insulation  
  – Detached House €2,400
  – Semi-detached or End Terrace House €2,200
  – Apartment or Mid-Terrace House €1,600
  External Wall Insulation  
  – Detached House €6,000
  – Semi-detached or End Terrace House €4,500
  – Apartment or Mid-Terrace House €2,750
Heating Controls Heating Controls Upgrade €700*
Solar Solar Water Heating €1,200**
Solar Electricity Solar PV – per kWp €700
  Battery Storage System €1,000
Heat Pumps Air to Water €3,500
  Ground Source to Water €3,500
  Exhaust Air to Water €3,500
  Water to Water €3,500
  Air to Air €600
BER Assessment After Works Assessment €50

*Minimum requirement for heating controls upgrade is: 2 zones(space and water) with 7 day  programmer (time and temperature) control and boiler interlock, time and temperature control of electric immersion heater and either  1 more zone control or > 50% TRV’s.

** Minimum performance requirements based on the size of the dwelling

*** To qualify for a Heat Pump grant, your dwelling must have a Heat Loss Indicator (HLI) of < 2.0 per m2[W/K m2]

Please note the following:

  • Grant Approval must be in place prior to any purchase of materials or commencement of measures applied for.
  • You may apply several times for each individual property, and when you apply for a 3rd improvement measure you will qualify for a Bonus Grant of €300, with a further €100 for a 4th improvement measure.
  • All works must be carried out by a contractor registered with SEAI for the BEH scheme.


To go directly to the SEAI web-site to complete a Home Energy Survey or a Grant Application, click on the following link;