Only one in six homes that were given grants for retrofits last year meet the government’s minimum target for energy efficiency, figures obtained by The Times have shown. A total of 23,607 homes were upgraded last year with funding from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), but only 3,971 received a building energy rating of B or better. The rating indicates its energy performance and is graded on a scale of A to G, with fuel costs lowest for A-rated homes. Under the national development plan the government set a target of retrofitting 45,000 homes a year to a minimum B-rating by 2021. The goal is to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and improve Ireland’s chances of meeting its 2030 and 2050 climate targets. About 25,000 homes have been upgraded to a B-rating or better. Paul Kenny, the head of Tipperary Energy Agency, one of the largest companies conducting retrofits, said the slow pace of upgrades cast serious doubt on whether the target could be reached in the next two years.
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