The latest news from CHA


On April 7th, CHA presented a new online event in partnership with University College Cork staff to help showcase a new e-learning tool,, which is designed to help anyone who wants to reduce and become more efficient with their energy use. CHA is recommending the website to all its tenants and partners, and plans to appoint a small number of volunteer Energy Ambassadors to work directly with tenants to help them find practical information about improving their energy efficiency. You can find a recording of the presentation here and on our Facebook and YouTube.

CHA is also working in partnership with Cork City Council on the Interreg North West Europe funded RED WoLF project, which aims to install low-carbon electric heating systems in a number of our homes by the end of 2021. Find out more here:

Cork City Council is also a partner on the INTENSIFY project, also funded by Interreg, which innovatively addresses a key challenge for European cities and regions: how to energise citizens and communities to achieve more carbon reduction. To find out more about the INTENSIFY project, visit their website,, and download their latest newsletter here.

For more information on any of these initiatives or to volunteer as an Energy Ambassador, email

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Carbery Housing Association, based in Skibbereen, West Cork, has purchased 6 more homes in Cork City and County, where families are unable to meet mortgage costs and are at risk of repossession. The purchases have been funded by a commercial loan from the Housing Finance Agency and the AIB Bank, as topped up with standing loans (CALF) from the two Councils.

CHA is negotiating additional loan funding and the purchase of a further 17 properties throughout Cork under this Programme. The purchases of a further 3 properties are held up due to financial charges on their titles from the two Councils. This is due to the fact they were purchased under the Affordable Homes Programme, where the Council supported private owners in the purchase of their homes.

“Unless these charges are waived, these residents will not be able to avail of the Mortgages to Rent safety-net and could face repossession” said Jose Ospina, Chair of Carbery Housing Association.

Today CHA also announced the publication of Tenders for its REDWoLF renewable energy project, which it is progressing alongside fellow project partner Cork City Council. The Project aims to equip social homes with solar panels, solar batteries, storage heaters and smart meters, reducing reliance on fossil fuels, as a means to help to combat climate change. “Eventually, many more existing properties will have to be improved in this way, if Ireland is to meet its CO2 reduction targets” said Jose Ospina, CHA’s Chair. The REDWoLF project is part funded by a Grant from the Interreg North West Europe Programme, SEAI and loan funding from Clann Credo, the ethical finance body.

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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."

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