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€16m in Energy Savings through Social Housing Upgrades

18th November, 2016

Dublin City Council’s Fabric Upgrade Programme has resulted in savings of over €16 million through the energy-efficient upgrade of some of the Council’s social housing stock.

The Housing Maintenance section has upgraded over 7,000 social housing units since the programme began in 2013. This has resulted in an estimated total saving of 282 gigawatt hours by the end of this year, which could power 50,000 houses for an entire year.

The energy-efficient upgrades, which included measures such as attic, pipe and cavity-wall insulation, new windows, and lagging jackets for hot water cylinders, were carried out across a number of social housing units in areas including Ballymun, Coolock and Crumlin. 

Cromcastle Court in Coolock was upgraded using Ireland’s first local authority Managed Energy Services Agreement (MESA). A MESA commits an Energy Service Company (ESCo) to install, finance, operate, and maintain energy saving measures in a building over an agreed period of time. As a result of these upgrades, Cromcastle Court is expected to save over €830,000 on maintenance and energy costs over the next 10 years.

The above information was published in DCC's Firstpost staff newsletter. For further information on the Fabric Upgrade Programme, please email housing.maintenancesection@dublincity.ie.

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