Retro-Fit Building Services
What is Retro-Fitting?
A Deep Retrofit is a complete overhaul of the fabric of your home that reduces energy use, increases warmth and comfort, and improves your Building Energy Rating (BER).
ENCON Retro-fit services offers a wide range of products and services aimed at the retrofit market, both commercial and domestic. Our services include participation in SEAI’s Better Energy Communities Scheme, Deep Retrofit Pilot Programme, Better Energy Homes Scheme, Energy Efficiency Incentive with Electric Ireland. In addition, our solutions are perfect for all retrofit applications – whether you’re just adding new insulation or refurbishing an entire home, we’re here to help.
“ENCON makes complying with building regulations, for example nZEB, EnerPHit and other low energy building methods easy. Our high-performance solutions combined with the technical knowledge and experience of our retrofit installers the perfect fit for your next renovation project”.
External Wall insulation
External Wall Insulation (EWI — sometimes referred to as ETICS) systems can simplify wall construction in the new build sector or extend the life of existing buildings by providing thermal insulation to keep the old structure warm and stable.
The wide range of finishes available allows you to achieve a low maintenance, attractive and weather-resistant finish in a number of colours and textures. With external insulation systems compatible various finishes including brick effect, synthetic render and paint finishes, or even pebble dash, Encon’s EWI system can improve your home both thermally and aesthetically.
Traditionally homes in Ireland have been built with materials that lose heat easily. This results in cold and damp houses with high energy bills. External wall insulation is the most effective method of retaining heat in your home. In conjunction with a tailored attic insulation plan, you could make savings of up to 40% on your current home energy bills. With the prospect of ever increasing energy costs there has never been a better time to cut your energy consumption by fitting out your home with external insulation.
Benefits of external wall insulation
Internal Wall Insulation
Internal Wall Insulation (IWI) is an extremely effective means of insulating solid wall properties to significantly reduce the amount of heat lost through the walls.
The installation process involves fixing a layer of insulation material to the internal walls of a property, finished with plasterboard and skim coat plaster leaving a smooth and clean surface for redecoration. Decoration and the movement of fixtures and fittings are generally included within the installation package.
Encon specialise in the insulation of solid wall properties and has internally insulated domestic properties throughout the South East and East Coast of Ireland, including private and social housing, as an alternative solution to External Wall Insulation (EWI).
Benefits of Internal Wall Insulation
Air to Water – Heating Systems
Air to Water Heat pumps are central heating systems that are an extremely efficient and cost effective method of heating your home. Heat from the air is absorbed at low temperature into a fluid using an external unit. This fluid then passes through a compressor or internal unit where its temperature is increased and transfers its higher temperature heat to the heating and hot water circuits of the house.
An air-to-water system distributes heat via your wet central heating system. Heat pumps work much more efficiently at a lower temperature than a standard boiler system. This makes them more suitable for underfloor heating systems or larger radiators, which give out heat at lower temperatures over longer periods of time.
The environmental advantages of air to water heat pumps are particularly useful for those completing new build projects in Ireland as it can also help meet Part L compliance as outlined in building regulations.
Cost Efficient to run
Installing an airtight system on a building involves the fitting of tape and membrane to eliminate air leakage from the building. This is measured in “air changes per hour”, the aim being to reduce this number to as close to zero as possible. Current building regulations require all new builds, both domestic and commercial take Air tightness into consideration at the design stage to ensure that as a nation we are building more efficient properties that retain their heat for longer.
What is air leakage in a building?
Air leakage is a loss or gain of air in and out of a building. This happens unintentionally when constructing the outer perimeter of the building and typically will take place through:
A surveyor review of your plans is carried out by Encon to determine what needs to be done to meet the architects/engineers requirements and current building regulations.
Why you need Clean, Fresh Air in your Home
Breathing, dust and dander, cooking, chemical cleaning products and open fires all pollute the air you breathe. In your home. All these free-floating particles, coupled with the moisture that naturally occurs in your home, can combine to form a cocktail of microscopic, airborne pollutants. This is particularly significant if you suffer from a respiratory disorder. Like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Your home is like a set of lungs. It needs to breathe and exchange old air with new air.
What is Demand Control Ventilation (DCV)?
Demand Control Ventilation provides you and your home with the right amount of fresh air, when you need it. DCV removes ‘old’ air from your home and circulates fresh air. At all times. In a draft free way. DCV units are sensitive to humidity. When the air in your home has an excess of moisture, air is automatically recycled with clean, fresh air. DCV’s are a fully ducted ventilation units. They can monitor carbon dioxide, humidity and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC… mould to you and me). Most have a ‘presence detection’ feature and will automatically re-circulate the air in a room once your presence is detected. In the same way photosensitive lights will turn on when you enter a room
What is Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR)?
Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery works by recovering the heat in the air being lost through fresh air vents, instead the heat is exchanged using a MVHR unit. The system works by supplying fresh air to rooms in your home or business premises while extracting moisture and heat from wet areas such as toilets and kitchen spaces. Warm stale air is removed from the building through grilles and ductwork; it is then passed through a heat exchanger which transfers some of its heat to the colder incoming fresh air. Encon supply and fit the latest heat recovery systems available.
Why you should Insulate your Roof space first
In a home without Roof Insulation, you are effectively wasting money. In the same way that most of the heat in your body is lost through your head. So is most of the heat in your home lost through its Attic space. Roof insulation prevents this. It’s the cheapest insulation method with the biggest impact on your home. Generally, it takes 3-4 years to recoup the money you’ll spend on the insulation through saving on energy bills. As insulation measures go, this is an amazing return on your investment.
Do you already have Roof Insulation?
Great! Just be sure that it’s a minimum of 300mm in depth. And is made of Rockwool or it’s equivalent. Not sure about either? Get in touch and we can help you figure it out.
Solar PV Solutions
How Solar Panels work
On average, a solar PV system can save between €300-400 per year on your domestic electric bill. Solar panels that produce electricity are known as photovoltaic (PV). These panels work by capturing the suns energy using photovoltaic cells. It’s these cells that convert sunlight into electricity.
PV panels don’t need direct sunlight to work. And they still produce electricity on cloudy days. Being Ireland, this is good news. Solar Panels also have a long shelf life. As the only moving part in a solar panel are the electrons, a panel will normally last about 20 years.
Avail of the Better Energy Homes Scheme
If you own a home built before 2006, chances are you can avail of cash grants to help reduce the cost of new insulation and other energy efficiency upgrades, like heat pumps and heating controls. Offered by SEAI, these energy efficiency grants are paid directly to the homeowner after the measures have been installed. If you choose to install three or four measures in your home, you may also be eligible for a bonus grant amount.
The Better Energy Homes Scheme is not means-tested and is available to anyone in Ireland who owns a home built before 2006. Learn more about the scheme requirements and included measures below.