The latest news from CHA


December 11th, 2020.

CHA is delighted to announce that as part of our commitment to making our homes more sustainable and energy-efficient, we have successfully put two of our homes into a Better Energy Communities scheme, which would not have been possible without the hard work of NCE Insulation and funding from Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). These two homes now have new windows and doors as well as air-to-water heat pumps and additional insulation, meaning they will be warmer and more comfortable this Winter. We look forward to achieving the same outcome for the rest of our homes over the coming years. One tenant had this to say: "The house is certainly more comfortable and maintains/retains heat in a way it hadn't done before the retrofit...[it] is very cosy now, so many thanks."

Carbery Housing Association continues its work of rescuing families from repossession by buying 5 more properties in County Cork as of the 12th of June 2020. These properties are mostly rural, but some are in larger towns. CHA has also received the good news that two of their properties have been accepted by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) for a full energy retrofit, as part of the NCE Insulation Better Energy Communities Scheme for 2020. These retrofits will benefit current CHA tenants that have been identified as ‘fuel poor’, and will provide air-to-water heat pumps, attic insulation and external wall insulation, bringing the properties’ BER ratings to a B2 standard. CHA aims to get all of their tenants’ homes retrofitted to a higher standard of energy efficiency in partnership with local and national initiatives, as well as through European projects, such as RED WoLF, in which CHA is a Partner.

As part of the Irish pilot project, several CHA properties will receive a brand new, cutting-edge, ‘smart’ solar heating and power system. Ana Ospina, Operations Manager of Carbery Housing Association and Board Member of Green Skibbereen stated: “CHA’s mission is not only to provide housing for families in need, but also to combat climate change and energy poverty. Through these small steps we are moving towards this objective.” CHA is a Sustainable Energy Community working with the Green Skibbereen group in promoting sustainable energy in West Cork.

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There was a great turnout last night for the first meeting of the 'Green Skibbereen' group (provisional name) at the West Cork Hotel last night, to explore the potential for creating a Better Energy Community in the area. Local business owners, community members and representatives of various community organisations came out in force to hear presentations from organisers Jim O'Donnell of O'Donnell Furniture and Noel Casserly of Smart Earth. Also speaking at the meeting were local youth climate activist Alicia O'Sullivan, and Caitriona Courtney, also from Skibbereen, of NCE Insulation's Energy Hub in Cork City. They were joined by John Flynn from Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and José Ospina, Secretary of Carbery Housing Association (CHA). All speakers emphasised the urgent need for action on climate change and spoke of the renewable energy technologies that could be implemented to help make this happen. CHA have been involved in the setting up of the group since its inception by Noel and Jim earlier this year and José gave an impassioned and inspiring presentation on the potential benefits of getting involved in EU projects and networks, highlighting the ongoing RED WoLF project that CHA is currently undertaking a Pilot for in a number of our homes. The meeting was a great success and we were delighted to have been a part of it. Hopefully actions will come out of it and Skibbereen can move forward on its journey to a greener future in 2020.

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CHA was set up in 2001, on the initiative of local residents in Baltimore, a fishing village in West Cork where holiday home development was pushing house prices out of the reach of local people.


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