Barriers and enablers to energy efficient retrofitting of dwellings in Ireland

Anthony McDonnell, Derek Sinnott

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Abstract

National government and EU policies and legislation have driven energy efficiency measures in Ireland's residential sector. The EU Energy Services Directive (ESD) 2006/32 set a 9% energy savings target by 2016. The National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP), launched in May 2009, identified current and new measures to achieve the ESD target, with a further national target of 20% by 2020. An important feature in achieving these targets is the refurbishment of the current housing stock. There are a number of incentive schemes currently available to promote energy efficient retrofitting of domestic buildings. These schemes are operating with varied levels of success, despite the fact that full implementation is required to achieve the 2016 and 2020 targets. The market for efficiency retrofits is fragmented and undeveloped. It is difficult for individuals to determine the most beneficial and cost-effective way to increase efficiency, with credible information hard to decipher and quoted prices often unclear. The aims of this research it to assess overall success of these incentive schemes and identify the barriers to increased uptake. The proposed research methods include interviews with private homeowners from a broad demographic, and industry professionals. It will identify homeowner's awareness of their domestic energy use and knowledge of energy efficiency schemes available to them. It will establish the actions needed to incentivize homeowners to avail of these schemes. Further enhancement of the current schemes and making use of international experience by implementation of schemes such as 'Pay as you save' (PAYS) is required to engage homeowners. To achieve set targets the homeowner must be further educated and enthused into reducing their energy demand. Success must be consumer led rather than being dictated to from government through stronger legislation and penalties for non-compliance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2010 - Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference
Pages1437-1446
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event26th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2010 - Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 06 Sep 201008 Sep 2010

Publication series

NameAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2010 - Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference

Conference

Conference26th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLeeds
Period06/09/201008/09/2010

Keywords

  • Energy efficiency
  • Incentivization
  • Residential sector
  • Targets

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