A Super Home is an energy efficient home that has applied all the cost effective energy measures. These measures include:
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels and/or heat pumps supplying heat and hot water
Tipperary Energy Agency launched a pilot funding project in 2015 that aimed to deliver a deep retrofit for homes funded with a repayable loan and significant capital discounts. The project aim was to move away from shallow retrofit and test applications of whole house retrofit focusing on cost effective solutions. This type of retrofit was designed to significantly decrease Ireland’s carbon emissions from the domestic sector and is critical to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases.
Sola were involved in 32 Super Home Projects since 2016 with works resulting in dramatically reducing the supply of energy to meet the homes demand while also making these homes far more healthier and comfortable.
As well as making the home far more efficient and healthier, from our previous projects we have seen savings of between €1000 – €1500 per year on oil.
Involvement of Sola Energy Solutions
Sola is the main company carrying out works under the Super Homes project. We have been recognized for our expertise in the area and delivering projects in an efficient and timely manner. In 2017 alone Sola Energy Solutions have been involved in 20 Super Home projects along with many other domestic and commercial builds.
Why should homeowners take part?
35%-95% grant available.
Bring your home to an A3 BER or as near as is economically possible
Implement all cost effective retrofit measures in one package
A warm house, with healthy interior air (through excellent ventilation)
Reduced colds, flues and respiratory illnesses
A green, low carbon home that will be substantially cheaper to heat (aiming for 50% – 70% reduction in energy bills)
Funding for this project was attained for the SEAI and an AIB Financial Loan Scheme to enable homeowner’s retro fit their homes with the upgrades to reduce energy costs and increase the BER of the existing build.
A complete range of home energy efficiency measures were installed to improve the buildings overall energy efficiency.
These measures included:
Complete cavity wall insulation, bonded bead inserted into all cavity walls using KORE fill bonded bead insulation system.
Installation of new attic insulation.
The existing hot water cylinder was removed and replaced with a new heating cylinder of 250L with a low temperature coil, temperature control and associated electrical wiring.
The existing cold water tank was lagged along with the feed and expansion tank. All pipe work lagged.
New aluminium radiators with TRV valves were supplied and installed.
Existing gas fires and heaters were disconnected and removed.
The attic hatch was draft proofed.
A complete Air-Tightness test was completed and all subsequent areas of leakage were draft proofed.
A complete Demand Control Ventilation (DCV) system was supplied and installed.
All existing vent covers, both internal and external were removed and replaced.
A 2kW PV system using Phono Solar PV panels and pulsa micro invertor along with an immersion unit was supplied and installed. This measure included all associated wiring and correspondence with ESB networks.
An 8.5kW Mitsubishi Electric Monobloc heat pump complete with a FTC5 controller, flow sensors, magnetic particle filter and a DHW sensor was supplied and installed.
Also a Mitsubishi Electric energy monitoring package, Mel Cloud was supplied and installed.
On completion of the energy efficiency measures carried out on this building, its energy performance was significantly improved.
The BER rating of this premises was improved from a D2 to a B2.
The n50 (The n50 is how the air permeability rate is expressed in air changes per hour (ac/h) was improved from 5.89 ac/hr to 3.95 ac/hr.
The q50 (The q50 is an expression of the amount of air leakage in relation to the total exposed surface area and is expressed in m3/hr/m2) was improved from 7.16m3/hr/m2 to 4.81 m3/hr/m2.
Gallery of Upgrade Works Completed from Various Sites