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Services

BER certification

AE Solutions can provide BER certification for the following.

  • New builds and existing houses.

    The Final BER for your new build is required upon completion of the dwelling.

    It is now illegal to advertise a property for sale or rent without a BER certificate. This applies to advertisements in newspaper, brochure, leaflet, advertising notice, radio, television, internet advertisements and direct mail. Discounts now available for Multiple houses or on contract basis. AE Solutions provide BER assessments for existing houses for sale or rent.

  • SEAI grants measures:

    We explain what grants are available and process your grant application on your behalf.

    Measures Energy Efficient Measures Grant Value
    Insulation Attic insulation €300
    Cavity wall insulation €300
    Internal Insulation (Dry Lining)
    Apartment (any) OR Mid-terrace House €1,200
    Semi-detached OR End of Terrace €1,800
    Detached House €2,400
    External Wall Insulation (‘The Wrap’)
    Apartment (any) OR Mid-terrace House €2,750
    Semi-detached OR End of Terrace €4,500
    Detached House €6,000
    Heat Pumps
    Air to Water €3,500
    Ground Source to Water €3,500
    Exhaust Air to Water €3,500
    Water to Water €3,500
    Air to Air €600
    Heating System Heating Controls Upgrade €700
    Solar Thermal Solar Thermal €1,200
    Building Energy Rating (BER) €50
  • Home energy audits:

    This includes conducting a survey of the house and providing recommendations as to how the home can be improved in terms of heat retention and energy efficiency in the home. This includes BER rating and advisory report and detailed information on grant aid available.

Air Tightness testing

An Air Tightness test can be carried out by our NSAI registered test engineer.

The test should be carried out on all dwellings on all development sites including single dwelling developments, to show attainment of backstop value of 5.00 m3 /hr/m2 for Part L 2019 and 7.00 m3 /hr/m2 for Part L 2011. The tests should be carried out by a person certified by an independent third party to carry out this work, ie. National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI)

Test Standard: I.S. EN 9972:2015 – Thermal Performance of Buildings – Determination of Air Permeability of Domestic Buildings.

Source: The Air Tightness Testing & Measurement Association (ATTMA) TS1

 

Technical assessment for SEAI heat pump grant

SEAI is offering grant aid for the installation of Heat pump systems in existing homes. (See below for grant amounts)

Before applying for a heat pump system grant, you must engage an independent, SEAI Registered Technical Advisor.

AE solutions SEAI registered Technical Advisor will carry out a technical assessment of your home and guide you on what steps to take to make your home “heat pump ready”, i.e. to reduce the heat loss on your home.  We will produce a report that will provide recommendations on what is required to comply with the criteria set out for the Heat pump grant process (Heat loss indicator or HLI ≤ 2.00 w/k m2) and is based on the assessment and information supplied by the client/builder.

The aim of this requirement and recommendations is to minimise heat loss so that the heat pump can function efficiently and be effective in heating the dwelling.

The required heat loss level is expressed as a Heat Loss Indicator(HLI)

What is the Heat Loss Indicator? (HLI)

Domestic heat pump heating systems are most efficient when they operate in a dwelling with low fabric and ventilation heat losses. This enables them to operate at lower space heating distribution temperatures and to meet most or all the space and water heat demand. Therefore, it is a prerequisite for the installation of a Heat Pump System funded by the Better Energy Homes programme for the dwelling to have a suitably low level of fabric and ventilation heat loss.

The metric used to determine if the dwelling has sufficiently low fabric and ventilation heat loss is the Heat Loss Indicator (HLI). Heat Pump Systems will only be eligible for the Better Energy Homes Grant when installed in dwellings meeting the following condition: HLI ≤ 2.00 w/k m2

The Better Energy Homes programme offers a €200 grant towards the Technical Assessment of your home, with this grant only payable in conjunction with the heat pump system grant.

Heat pump system grant values

Energy Efficient Measures Grant Value
Heat Pump Systems
Air to Water €3,500
Ground Source to Water €3,500
Exhaust Air to Water €3,500
Water to Water €3,500
Air to Air €600

 

NZEB Part L 2019 compliance

Pre construction BER service

AE Solutions offer a service that gives a detailed pre-construction package.

The package includes the Part L compliance report and outlines guidelines for achieving an “A” rated new build and sets out the requirements needed to meet NZEB Part L 2019 of the building regulations.

What’s included:

  • BER rating
  • Part L Compliance report
  • DEAP 4.2 – dwelling report (This can be used by your heating system installer/supplier to size heating demand for the dwelling)
  • U-Value calculations including detailed building elements specification (floors, walls and roof)
  • Air tightness specifications
  • Ventilation specifications
  • Window and Door specifications
  • Heating system options (Heat Pumps, Solar thermal, PV systems and wood burning stoves etc)

Feel free to get in contact on 087-9280035 to discuss further.

Introduction of NZEB.

Maximum Permitted Energy Performance Coefficient (MPEPC). The MPEPC for a nearly zero energy dwelling is 0.30

MPEPC=0.30,

Maximum Permitted Carbon Performance Coefficient (MPCPC). The MPCPC for a nearly zero energy dwelling is 0.35

MPCPC=0.35

Renewable Energy Ratio (RER)

This is the ratio of the primary energy from renewable energy technologies to total primary energy as defined and calculated in DEAP

Renewable Energy Ratio (RER) of 20% is required as per ISO EN 52000 (to replace 10kWh/m2 /yr).

Air tightness testing

Reduction of air tightness backstop from 7.00m3 /hr/m2 to 5.00m3 /hr/m2

An air tightness test should be carried out on all dwellings on all development sites including single dwelling developments, to show attainment of backstop value of 5 m3 /hr/m2. The tests should be carried out by a person certified by an independent third party to carry out this work, ie. National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI)

Test Standard: I.S. EN 9972:2015 – Thermal Performance of Buildings – Determination of Air Permeability of Domestic Buildings.

Source: The Air Tightness Testing & Measurement Association (ATTMA) TS1

Major Renovations

Major Renovations to a cost optimal level where technically, economically and functionally feasible.

Alterations to a minimum of 25% of your home’s surface area or a New Extension affecting more than 25% of the surface area of the existing dwelling’s envelope are defined as “Major Renovations”.

 

 

Building Fabric U-Values

New Buildings – Part L 2019 U Values
Building Element Maximum U-Values
Ground Floor (No Underfloor Heating) 0.18W/m²K
Ground Floor (Underfloor Heating) 0.15W/m²K
External Walls 0.18W/m²k
Flat Roof 0.20W/m²K
 (Sloping Ceilings; Rafter Level) 0.16W/m²K
Cold Roof (Ceiling Level) 0.16W/m²K

 

Ventilation Part F 2019

Guidance on good practice regarding energy efficiency of dwelling ventilation systems is contained in GPG 268 Energy efficient ventilation in dwellings – a guide for specifiers, available from the SEAI.

Where a mechanical ventilation system designed for continuous operation (with or without heat recovery) is installed for the provision of ventilation to a dwelling or significant part thereof, the system should meet the performance levels specified in GPG 268 and also have specific fan power and heat recovery efficiency backstop values where appropriate not worse than those given in Table 4. Performance data for mechanical ventilation systems from system manufacturers for use in DEAP should comply the DEAP methodology.

The effectiveness of mechanical ventilation systems improve as air permeability values decrease. Air permeability values of less than 3 m3 /(hr.m2 ) at 50 Pa are recommended in dwellings with mechanical ventilation, especially ventilation systems with heat recovery