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Just 5% of Louth homes have an 'A' Building Energy Rating

CSO Figures

Jason Newman

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Jason Newman

Just 5% of Louth homes have an 'A' Building Energy Rating

Just 5% of Louth homes have an 'A' Building Energy Rating

CSO figures released today show that just 5% of homes in Louth have an 'A'  BER (Building Energy Rating), up 1% from the last report.

The Building Energy Rating (BER) measures the energy performance of a dwelling.

'A' rated homes are the most energy efficient which usually means occupants will save on energy and heating bills.

The figures also revealed that 81% of homes in Louth have a rating of C or lower representing a 1% decrease on previous figures while 38% have a D rating or lower, with the average age of a home in the county being 31 years old.

Homes with ratings of B or higher made up 19% of all homes in the county. Nationally it was revealed that dwellings built in 2015-2019 were considerably more energy efficient than in earlier periods with 97% given an A rating compared with 36% in 2010-2014 and just 1% in 2005-2009. Overall Dublin county came out on top with 27% of houses achieving a B rating or higher.

The figures further revealed that in Louth mains gas is the most commonly used fuel for heating main spaces in homes with 57% of homes choosing this fuel type. The next most used fuel source was oil at 36%, followed by electricity at 5% while just 3% of homes use solid fuel as their main source of heating.

Meanwhile just 1% of non-domestic buildings (business premises) in Louth received an A rating with 87% of non-domestic buildings in the county getting a rating of C or lower. The general trend again showed that the more recently a building was built the more likely it was to be efficient.