40 houses in Kerry to benefit from €1m investment

40 houses in Kerry will be brought to a very high standard of energy efficiency

A SUM of €1,082,718 has been allocated to Kerry County Council under the energy efficiency retrofitting programme for social houses.

The funding will allow for the deep retrofit of 40 social houses bringing them to a very high standard of energy efficiency and it will ensure that Kerry County Council’s housing stock is upgraded in line with current energy requirements.

It is part of an initial nationwide allocation of €35 million for the retrofitting of 1,293 homes and €10 million will be allocated to local authorities who demonstrate an ability to complete additional work and spend their full allocation in 2021.

The Programme for Government 2020 set challenging and ambitious targets over the next 10 years aimed at Ireland’s objective of reducing its carbon emissions by more than half.

With approximately 40 per cent of Ireland’s energy-related carbon emissions coming from buildings alone, one of the key objectives of the programme is the target of retrofitting reaching over 500,000 homes by 2030. It is expected that approximately 36,500 of those with be local authority owned homes.

The funding for Kerry has been welcomed by Green Party representative Cleo Murphy and Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin.

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