COMMITTED TO SUSTAINABILITY
Carbery Housing is committed both to helping people be housed and remain housed, and to reducing energy use and de-fossilising energy use in the most effective manner. For this reason, since we began acquiring properties, CHA has looked for and implemented ways of making properties more energy efficient and integrating renewable energies in our properties.
Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme
In 2013 we secured the core retrofitting of our leased properties with the assistance of the West Cork Leader Warmer Homes scheme. In 2018 we began working with NCE Insulation, the Cork-based Better Energy Warmer Homes agency, to retrofit and install a solar panel on our first purchased property. CHA is currently working with NCE Energy Hub in integrating of a number of its currently owned and about to be purchased homes into NCE’s Warmer Homes Programme.
CHA Sustainable Energy Community
In 2018 with the support of NCE Insulation (now NCE Energy-Hub) we formed a Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) registered with and supported by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. SEAI agreed to support the preparation of a Masterplan, that included both properties purchased and properties about to be purchased, by the Association.
CHA Energy Efficiency Masterplan
The preparation of the CHA Masterplan was awarded to Kevin Curtin (Youghal). This Masterplan includes numerous recommendation as to how the properties could be improved towards Near Zero Energy standards. CHA is currently considering this Masterplan, and how its recommendations may be taken forward. A great step towards this has been the successful bidding for Interreg NWE funding, as part of the RED WoLF Project (see European Projects) which aims to support the integration of solar panels, storage and smart meters in several CHA homes.