Construction sector to play big role as 500,000 building retrofits in pipeline
If the targets set out in the plan are to be achieved, the construction sector is going to have to play a big role.
The built environment accounts for 12.7pc of greenhouse gases. Our homes use 7pc more energy than the EU average. Buildings are 70pc reliant on fossil fuels, including oil-fired boilers.
The plan states there must be a sharp reduction in fossil fuel use, given the current heavy reliance on gas, oil, coal and peat.
A target has been set of 500,000 building retrofits to achieve a B2 BER certificate.
Some 600,000 heat pumps are to be installed, two-thirds of which will be in existing buildings. Under the plan, the installation of oil boilers will be effectively banned from 2022 and gas boilers from 2025 in all new dwellings.
A review is to take place on how and when the replacement of oil and gas boilers in existing dwellings - domestic and commercial - could commence.
This review is to be completed next year.
For homeowners who do engage in retrofitting, there will be an opportunity to have it funded through an 'easy pay-back model', for example through your electricity bill.
There will be a programme put in place to up-skill contractors and other industry players in carrying out deep retrofits.