Deep retrofit & heat pump transforms Inchicore home
The Inchicore home after its A-rated retrofit & the outdoor unit for the Viessmann Vitocal 200-A heat pump

Deep retrofit & heat pump transforms Inchicore home

A semi-detached house in Inchicore, Dublin has seen its BER boosted from a G to an A rating thanks to a deep retrofit by Dublinbased retrofit contractor Energlaze and a new Viessmann air-to-water heat pump.

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The upgrade features a wrap of 100 mm external insulation, boosting the U-values of the external walls to 0.27. The attic was upgraded with 300 mm of fibreglass insulation to deliver a U-value of 0.13, while the sloped ceiling was fitted with 100 mm of Isover Metac recycled glass wool, plus a layer of insulation board, giving a U-value of 0.17.

The house was also fitted with a new Viessmann Vitocal 200-A air-to-water heat pump, which provides low temperature space heating via an underfloor system downstairs and low temperature radiators upstairs. The Monobloc Vitocal 200-A is available in outputs of 2.3 to 11.8 kW, with all models in energy classes A++ and A++++. The heat pump was supplied by Dublin-based Viessmann distributor Precision Heating.

The house also features new double glazed low E plus windows and new composite doors with a U-value of 0.9, as well as an Ermen heat recovery ventilation system.

“These measures reduce energy usage from over 400 to 50 kW/m2/yr with a 90 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions,” John McMahon of Energlaze ( told Passive House Plus. “It also delivers vastly reduced energy bills typically as low as €350 to €400 per year, whereas the previous G rating could cost up to €4,000 per annum.”