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€10 million funding for energy efficient design

The SEAI EXEED grant will provide support of up to €500,000 per year to successful organisations

Businesses have a key role to play in reducing Ireland's carbon emissions
Businesses have a key role to play in reducing Ireland's carbon emissions

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is accepting applications from organisations planning an investment in a new design project or major energy upgrade.


Denis Naughten TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, secured the allocation of €10 Million in Budget 2018 for the Excellence in Energy Efficient Design (EXEED) programme. It will be used to support EXEED projects delivering new best practices in the design, construction and management of buildings and facilities for optimum energy performance.


Grants will provide support of up to €500,000 per year to successful organisations. All public and private organisations who are planning an investment project of any scale or complexity can apply.


“Ireland faces very significant challenges in meeting our binding climate change targets and avoiding compliance costs. Businesses have a key role to play in ensuring that they consider energy-use and carbon emissions in infrastructure projects and energy management in operations,” said the Minister. “The EXEED Certified programme encourages innovation in how we design and manage projects and is driving the adoption of longer-term solutions to the energy challenges we face.”


SEAI is already supporting over 30 businesses in achieving EXEED certification and significantly reducing their energy consumption. Jim Gannon, CEO of SEAI, explained that the benefit of EXEED is that energy performance and energy management is considered at the very beginning of the design of a new build or major upgrade project, reducing energy consumption and operational costs over its lifecycle. “Projects that implement the EXEED process can save up to 30 per cent in energy use and save on capital expenditure for new investments,” he added.


Last year, SEAI invested €1.6 million in EXEED projects ranging from educational facilities, to pharmaceutical companies to public buildings. Some projects include:

  • The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) completed a lighting and controls upgrade to one of its multi-storey car parks and three external surface car parks. Lighting for these car parks accounted for 45 per cent of the airport’s total car park lighting load. With the new controls, DAA has improved the ability to control the lighting in these car parks and has been able to reduce the power input to the lights while maintaining the required brightness. The DAA has achieved 78 per cent energy savings in the surface car parks
  • The Monasterboice Inn, a restaurant and venue near Drogheda, constructed a new conference centre extension and dramatically upgraded the energy efficiency of its restaurant. It installed high-grade insulation throughout the building and smart lighting in conference rooms and car park. It designed the new conference centre to maximise natural daylight and provide an attractive bright space. Renewable energy heat pumps, one of which extracted energy from an on-site stream, replaced old gas boilers, providing heating and cooling to the building. Hot air is extracted from the kitchen and harnessed to heat the water. As a result, the inn expects to reduce energy consumption by 45 per cent, improving profitability, and lowering carbon emissions. The payback on this project is expected to be three and a half years.

The SEAI EXEED grant application process is now open.


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