Fabric Upgrade Programme

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Dublin City Council's Fabric Upgrade Programme is continuing to upgrade the Council's social housing stock to be more energy efficient, with funding from SEAI.  Since Phase 1 of the programme began in June 2013, Dublin City Council has upgraded 7,299 of its social housing units and will have saved an estimated €16.6 million on energy bills by the end of 2016.

The building upgrades carried out as part of the programme involved energy saving measures such as attic, water tank and pipe insulation, new windows, lagging jackets for hot water cylinders and cavity wall fill insulation.

One of the schemes - Cromcastle Court in Dublin 5 - 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. Under this agreement, the ESCo pays the building’s energy bills, in exchange for a series of payments based on the building’s historic energy use. The 7.5-year contact for Cromcastle Court’s energy upgrades and maintenance was awarded to AC Heating, and is estimated to deliver €834,700 savings on maintenance costs and energy bills over 10 years. See the Resources section below for more information on Cromcastle.

Other schemes upgraded as part of the programme include Greendale Court in Kilbarrack, and Sandyhill Gardens, Cromlech Court and Burren Court in Ballymun. The council achieved significant energy savings, with heating savings of €13,190 in Greendale Court in 2014, and total annual savings of €88,700 between the three estates in Ballymun. Further details of these case studies can be found in the Resources section below.

Other schemes recently upgraded include Lissadel Court in Crumlin, Thomas Clarke House in Ballybough, and Hampstead Court in Ballymun. Upgrades completed in October 2016 include the  upgrade of the ventilation, attic and cavity wall insulation, boilers and heating controls of 41 units in Aughrim Court in Dublin 7, the boilers and heat controls in 43 units at Gabriel’s Court in Clontarf, and the external wall insulation of Block 1 in Cromcastle Court.