Using the SEAI Grant Funds KN SEC commissioned a GIS Specialist to prepare a Baseline Energy Demand Analysis for the Knocklyon Area. This was achieved by combining data from the Codema Energy Demand Analysis carried out for South Dublin County Council together with data from the 2016 National Census and provided us with a baseline from where we could start to make improvements. The main headline (estimated) outputs of this analysis were as follows:
Population - approx 15,000
Housing Stock Nos - 5,200
Housing Stock Age - 50 years to new
Estimated Annual Energy Demand (excl Transport) -104,056,000 kWh/yr
Estimated Annual Energy Cost (excl Transport) - €9.4 mill / yr
It was apparent from the Energy Demand Analysis that much of the housing stock in Knocklyon was energy inefficient and that a retrofit programme of energy-saving measures was needed. Furthermore it was felt, from attendance at various SEAI Seminars, etc that the best way to promote an Energy Retrofit or Energy Upgrade Programme was to start with a Pilot Community Project which could develop into larger projects as more Residents / Property Owners became aware of the benefits of joining in the programme.
The SEAI Grant Funds were then utilised to appoint an Energy Specialist (IHER Energy Consultants) to carry out energy assessments on 15 different house-types in the Knocklyon District whilst simultaneously identifying a suite of energy-saving retrofit measures specific to each house-type that would provide an informed basis for discussion with potential participants in a Pilot Community Retrofit Project. A sample Energy Assessment Spreadsheet with recommended energy-saving measures is attached.
In order to encourage participants and to generate a greater awareness in our Community of the need for energy-saving measures we then staged a local Energy Show in April 2018. This took place in our large St Colmcille's Primary School and consisted of part AV Presentations and part pop-up stands of relevant Companies and Agencies in the Energy Business including the SEAI. Pop-up stands included External / Internal Insulation, Thermal Windows, Solar pv Panels, Condensing Boilers, Heat Pumps, Electric Cars, etc. The Event was attended by approx 170 people and approx 70 completed Expressions of Interest (EoI) as per attachment in a Pilot Community Project of actual energy upgrades.
In terms of implementation KN SEC had the option to project-manage and deliver the Pilot Community Project itself but decided instead to enter into partnership with an established Project Management Company (REIL) and associated Energy Company (Enprova) to draw on the carbon credits, as this was our first physical works project. KN SEC then liaised with Residents in terms of supporting them during the physical works and in the case of the Community School jointly completing a lighting schedule of existing lighting fixtures.