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  1. 1. SEAI George Daly DT117/4
  2. 2. <ul><li>The aim of the presentation: ‘To provide a brief overview of SEAI’ </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background Information <ul><li>Set up in 2002 by the government to promote , encourage and inform the public of sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Head office lie in Wilton park house, Dublin 2. Regional offices in Sligo, Cork, Galway. </li></ul><ul><li>The objectives of the agency are set out in the national development plan (2007-12) and national climate change strategy (2007-13) </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: reducing carbon emissions , advising government of necessary meseaures, improving efficiency, creating more awareness on sustainable technologies. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The website </li></ul><ul><li>Value of industry is about 30 billion euro in Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>Roughly 250,000 employed in construction </li></ul><ul><li>Main categories of construction: civil and building work </li></ul><ul><li>Extent of activities due to various economic factors </li></ul><ul><li>Recession, unemployment, low confidence levels in construction sector </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why choose sustainability? <ul><li>Sustainable products are advisable to reduce energy consumption </li></ul><ul><li>Save money long term </li></ul><ul><li>Grants available, All about the money??? </li></ul><ul><li>Energy consumption comes in many forms e.g. electrical and chemical. New technologies produce lower co2 emissions </li></ul><ul><li>Particular emphasis on the environment in recent years has lead to sustainability promotion </li></ul><ul><li>Promote low carbon economy with new legislation </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Some sustainable technologies available through SEAI </li></ul><ul><li>Solar panels </li></ul><ul><li>Wind turbines (Over 20 farms in Ireland, enough energy to provide 80,000 homes per year!) </li></ul><ul><li>Boiler technologies </li></ul>
  7. 7. Targets <ul><li>Presently less than 2% of energy produced in Ireland is accounted for by means of sustainability. </li></ul><ul><li>30% of carbon dioxide produced is from domestic use at 4 million tonnes per year </li></ul><ul><li>Aim is for 13% of the countries electricity production to come from renewable technologies by end of 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Recent findings suggests targets are not being met. (RTE 12 th March 2010). The Irish government warned to reduce carbon emissions. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Building energy rating (BER) <ul><li>There is a scale of A-G rating as you may have seen on your fridge, cooker etc. </li></ul><ul><li>‘ A’ rated homes are the most energy efficient </li></ul><ul><li>One can become a assessor through the SEAI exam (up to 2,000 euro just to assess houses) </li></ul><ul><li>As of the 1 st January 2009, all homes being sold or rented require a BER cert </li></ul><ul><li>A list of registered assessors is available through the website. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Creating awareness early on <ul><li>SEAI are working with the department of education to place more emphasis on sustainability at both primary and secondary level </li></ul><ul><li>The aim is to ‘ bring the topic of energy into the class room’. </li></ul><ul><li>The website provides additional information for students on topics such as global warming, energy management and renewable technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Subjects that will soon incorporate further energy awareness will be C.S.P.E, science and geography </li></ul><ul><li>Projects for students to participate in on sustainability </li></ul>
  10. 10. Conclusion: Make a simple change ‘ If every house in America replaced a single light bulb with an energy efficient one, there would be enough energy saved to provide lighting for three million homes for an entire year’ – Washington post February 15 th , 2009
  11. 11. What have we covered? <ul><li>Background information on SEAI </li></ul><ul><li>The aims and objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Why choose sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Renewable technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Website contents </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness of SEAI in schools </li></ul><ul><li>SEAI targets </li></ul><ul><li>Building energy rating </li></ul><ul><li>A concluding recommendation </li></ul>
  12. 12. Questions???