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Insulation with the SEAI grant. Don’t know where to start !

  • 27-04-2020 5:07pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 99 ✭✭ Lovestolisten


    Hi there
    I live in Co.Laois , on Carlow border in housing estate, detached house built in 2003.

    I would like to get attic and walls insulated.
    After this I would like to see if we are suitable for solar panel.
    I would apply for the SEAI grand so I’d need an approved contractor.

    Can anyone recommend?
    I haven’t a clue where to start
    Thank you


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  • Administrators, Computer Games Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 31,031 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ Mickeroo


    Hi there
    I live in Co.Laois , on Carlow border in housing estate, detached house built in 2003.

    I would like to get attic and walls insulated.
    After this I would like to see if we are suitable for solar panel.
    I would apply for the SEAI grand so I’d need an approved contractor.

    Can anyone recommend?
    I haven’t a clue where to start
    Thank you

    Look for contractors in your area here: https://hes.seai.ie/GrantProcess/ContractorSearch.aspx

    Once you've found a few contact them for some quotes and take it from there.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,544 ✭✭✭ MicktheMan


    Hi there
    I live in Co.Laois , on Carlow border in housing estate, detached house built in 2003.

    I would like to get attic and walls insulated.
    After this I would like to see if we are suitable for solar panel.
    I would apply for the SEAI grand so I’d need an approved contractor.

    Can anyone recommend?
    I haven’t a clue where to start
    Thank you

    If I were you I would first have an independent (heat loss) survey done to understand why my house is losing heat (I'm presuming here that heat loss is the reason you're thinking about insulation). In a significant number of cases, lack of or poor insulation is rarely the main reason why houses lose heat in our climate. The results of the survey should then guide you on how best to proceed. Spend a bit of time looking for an experienced independent surveyor. Then and only then consider a grant if appropriate.

    Going the other way about it as suggested above is, ime, leaving yourself open to spending possibly '000s on measures which in all likelihood will make little to no difference to the heatloss in your house. Just because your house qualifies for a particular grant aided measure does not mean it is appropriate or will be effective. Caveat emptor!


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    SEAI affialiated installers are more expensive after the grant is applied than Joe down the road. I've tried it with solar, I tried it with heating grants, I tried it with insulation grants.
    SEAI and associates are in the business of being in business.
    ain't nothin' green about it.
    MicktheMan wrote: »
    If I were you I would first have an independent (heat loss) survey done

    Better spend dough on a Flir thermal imagining camera than a clipboard warrior.


  • Registered Users Posts: 99 ✭✭ Lovestolisten


    Sound advice from all,
    Thank you.

    I'm living in a boom build house, so many problems :(

    In regard to the heat loss survey, any recommendations? where could I have one of these done?

    Thanks !


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