Continuing impact of the recession resulted in cuts by the Department of Social Protection. For Energy Action this resulted in the lost of two key full time staff. In total 1,227 attics were completed, an 18% reduction from the previous year.

During 2012 the company began delivering cavity wall insulation funded by SEAI. Energy action continued to maintain a high quality standard of workmanship.

The Department of Social Protection budget reduction resulted in a 46% decrease in training targetsn from the previous year (189). This included EMBD training in 2 rural projects.

Energy Action was awarded a new European IEE Project called Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB2021 Doors Open Days). This is a 24 month programme involving Identifying Passive Houses and holding Open Days to inspire builders and home owners to a higher energy standard.


The impact of the recession resulted in 1,458 attics completed a 10% reduction on 2010. We maintained a high quality standard of workmanship when carrying out the work for this year, this included adding an additional crew.

In total 224 people were trained by Energy Action during 2011. This represented an 18% decrease on the previous year. The reduction was due to the FÁS Local Training Initiative requirement of FETAC Level 4 training material. FÁS discontinued funding LTI since October 2011.

European TABULA project in its third year, and meetings held in Slovenia and Poland. Our partners, SEAI, Dublin City and ESB have recognised the value of using the typology of the Irish Housing Stock.

Department of Environment are using 3 of those houses for the New Retrofit Code of Practice Document. This will be used for general use in their grant scheme.


Energy Action increased its targets by 1% from previous year. There were 1,592 attic completions.

Training, a core activity resulted in 271 being trained by Energy Action during 2010. This was an increase of 28% from the previous year (211); SEAI Warmer Homes Scheme issued 4 contracts in 2010.

The first FÁS funded Local Training Initiative involved training 18 unemployed (mostly craft people) on specific energy related modules. This was a huge success leading to 14 trainees obtaining full time employment.

SEAI funded Energy Action to pilot an External Wall Insulation Evaluation. This involves evaluating 7 different systems including cost, duration, working under different weather conditions, delivery and customer satisfaction. Final Report completed.

Development and Delivery of the first FAS Local Training Initiative Energy Efficiency modules to train unemployed construction craft workers (12 modules
Targets increased by 16% from 2008 to 1,400 homes insulated.
Awarded a new 3 year European contract called TABULA 2009-2011. The programme involves the development of a web based typology of the Irish Housing Stock with 12 European countries. Our Irish co-funders are SEAI, ESB and Dublin City Council.
Trained 211 participants, including staff from 7 rural projects.


Insulated 1218 homes 20% increase in previous year. Established a new company called IHER Energy Services. This company trained 249 assessors in BER both in existing houses and new houses. The company was successful in tendering for the SEI training of 80 assessors on existing housing.


New Energy Action’s training facilities was launch by minister Noel Ahern TD

2007 Energy Action increased it’s production target by 25 % insulating 1004 houses. With the introduction of SEAI’s DEAP, the demand for our IHER training courses outstripped supply with 13 training courses being delivered for 186 participants.


Ballyfermont Residential Energy Awareness Fuel Poverty Report, which began in 2003 launched in 2006. A three-year EU DATAMINE project commenced involving 12 EU countries in developing a common database for entering rating. This is offers much potential as an audit tool for Municipalities/Local Authorities


Increased training activity with Low Income Housing Programme with more rural projects becoming operational. IHER training has become an increasingly important arm of Energy Action


Training rural projects to FETC Installing Insulation and the Irish Home Energy Rating increased as a result of the EU mandatory legislation being introduced in 2006. Energy Action awarded a second SEI LIHP mentoring programme.


Premises purchased from IDA


A national pilot programme, launched by Sustainable Energy Ireland, addresses the problem of Fuel Poverty for the first time at Government level. Energy Action’s insulation practises featured on ‘About the House’ programme, hosted by Duncan Stewart. The Ireland Funds film Energy Action as part of their promotional strategy in fundraising in the USA. A group of US founders visit Energy Action on a fact-finding mission. Two-day All Ireland Conference ‘Common Ground’ hosted by Energy Action and NEA NI held in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin, to address fuel poverty issues on an all-island basis.


Innovative training programme instituted by Energy Action, whereby trainees are given home computers to enable them, and their dependants, obtain essential computer skills, and Internet access training.


The Report “Homes for the 21st Century -the Costs and Benefits of Comfortable Housing for Ireland” was launched. It was commissioned by Energy Action and carried out by the Energy Research Group and Environmental Institute at University College Dublin. Over 16,000 homes have benefited from Energy Action insulation services.


Energy Action approved as an ECDL Training centre.

1998 Energy Action under the scheme “Task Force on Security”, started to train its trainees in basic home security techniques, such as fitting of mortice locks, spy holes and door chains.

1997 (28th March) 

established the project in Falcarragh

1997 (25 March)

established the project in Carndonagh


Energy Action developed a Training Programme to encourage rural groups develop Energy Conservation and Job Creation programmes locally, using Energy Action as a model.


Energy Action was approved as the first training centre in Ireland for National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) in insulation.


(24th July)

established the project in Cootehill

1995 (7th July) – established the project in Tulsk


Energy Action completed the draught proofing and insulation of its 5000th house. President Mary Robinson attended celebrations. Click here to read her address speech.

1994 (13th April) – established the project in Louisburgh

1994 ( 12th January) – established the project in Dublin

1994 (27th January) – established the project in Monaghan


Energy Action introduced fitting smoke alarms for the elderly and needy of the Dublin area.

1993 (1st October) – established the project in Ballyadans


Energy Action introduced attic insulation and was registered as a Charity (No CHY 9639).


Energy Action implemented City & Guilds, Draught proofing, Loft Insulation, Energy Efficiency and Surveying training programme.


Launch of a pilot scheme of insulating houses in each county. First pilot Scheme carried out in Tory Island, Co Donegal.


Mr Robert Molloy, Minister for Energy, celebrated the completion of Energy Action’s 3000th home.


(1st February) – established the project in Sligo

1991 (7th June) – established the project in Inishowen

1990-1991 A training course was conducted for the team of 5 installers who were on the unemployment register.


(9th July) – established the project in Tory Island Donegal


665 homes were insulated, 5 people under the Social Employment Scheme were employed.


Energy Action was established to address the problem of fuel poverty in Dublin. The homes of the elderly and poor were draught-proofed and insulated free of charge. Energy Action was Ireland’s first community-based energy project.