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Increased Grant Amounts Now Available Under SEAI's Better Energy Homes Scheme

Posted on Thu, Aug 9, 2018 @ 07:10 PM

This week the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) announced a number of changes to the
Better Energy Homes Scheme, and introduced a new grant scheme aimed at making solar PV and battery storage systems more affordable for homeowners. These two non-means tested schemes are available to homeowners across Ireland who are interested in upgrading energy efficiency measures in their homes.

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Tags: Better Energy Homes Scheme, Warmer Homes Scheme, insulation, Energy Efficiency

Insulation Series: Using EPS For Cavity Wall Insulation Applications

Posted on Wed, Aug 8, 2018 @ 04:34 PM


If you're thinking of installing insulation in a new build, or retrofitting an existing building, you may have been looking for alternative materials for cavity wall insulation applications. As you've probably seen our post or video on floor insulation applications, we wanted to take a moment to explain why Expanded Polystyrene is a viable alternative to other materials on the market for both new build and retrofit cavity wall applications. In this post, we'll take a look at using EPS as an alternative to PIR for wall insulation applications, and explore a variety of U-values and the thicknesses required to achieve them. 

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Tags: EPS, insulation, Cavity Wall Insulation

Top 10 Common Myths About Insulation

Posted on Tue, Aug 7, 2018 @ 03:10 PM

Insulation is vital part component in every building, whether it's commercial or residential, new build or existing. Not only does insulation help keep the indoor environment cool during the summer and warm during the winter, it also reduces energy usage, spend and associated carbon emissions. With 40 percent of total energy demand and 36 percent of total CO2 emissions coming from buildings in the EU, it's now more important than ever to ensure where we are living and working are sustainable and energy efficient. 

In this post we'll explore the top 10 myths about insulation and what we can do to start reducing our energy consumption and start living in healthier homes.

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Tags: Insulation and Energy Efficiency, EPS

How to Heat Your Home: Heat Pumps 101

Posted on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 @ 01:47 PM

A consistent, comfortable indoor environment is one of the main benefits of a properly insulated home. A building with high levels of insulation requires less energy demand to heat and cool and can keep temperatures relatively level regardless of the outdoor air temperature. Combined with industry best practices, like paying attention to air tightness and thermal bridging, insulation reduces strain on heating systems, allowing it to run more efficiently and for shorter periods of time.

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Tags: Better Energy Homes Scheme, Heat Pumps

Transforming a Derelict House into a Low Energy Gem with KORE Deep Retrofit

Posted on Fri, Feb 9, 2018 @ 02:29 PM


The derelict house pictured above, located in Killinkere on the outskirts of Virginia, Co. Cavan has sat in a dormant state since the Smith family moved house in 1985. Measuring in at 108.30m2 (1,162 square feet), this derelict cottage received a pre-BER rating of 'G', using 960.01 Kwh/m2/yr, putting it at the bottom of the building energy rating scale. Included in the 2017 Cavan Better Energy Communities Scheme funded in part by SEAI, KORE set out on a mission to re-build and retrofit, bringing it inline with today's building regulations and energy standards. 

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Tags: Cavan Better Energy Communities Scheme, Low Energy House, EPS, expanded polystyrene

From 'G' Rating to 'A1': KORE's Deep Retrofit a Success

Posted on Tue, Jan 9, 2018 @ 04:03 PM


In 2017, KORE participated in SEAI's Better Energy Communities Scheme. This involved the deep retrofit of several homes, businesses and community organisations in and around the Cavan area. With partial funding provided by SEAI, and the help of some of the best contractors in Ireland, KORE achieved excellent results across the entire scheme.

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Tags: Deep Retrofit, Cavan Better Energy Communities Scheme

KORE Insulation 2017: A Year in Review

Posted on Wed, Dec 20, 2017 @ 04:27 PM

2017 was another big year here at KORE. Like most businesses we've had our fair share of challenges, but it's what we make of these times that truly sets us apart from the rest. We continued to prove that we are a team that works great together, collaborating on some of the biggest projects we've had in the history of the company. We've also celebrated some big milestones, and welcomed new team members as we continue to grow.

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Key Changes Announced for SEAI's Better Energy Homes Scheme

Posted on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 @ 02:23 PM



Starting 15th January 2018, there will be a number of changes to SEAI's Better Energy Homes Scheme, a programme that offers cash grants to homeowners looking to upgrade energy efficiency measures in their homes. This includes grants for insulation, heating systems and BER assessments. To qualify, applicants must own a home built before 2006, but the scheme is not means tested.

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Tags: Better Energy Homes Scheme, Insulation Grants, Heating Systems

What is BIM and What Does it Mean for the Construction Industry?

Posted on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 @ 05:52 PM


BIM, or Building Information Modeling, has been making headlines across the industry for some time now. You may have heard about it during industry conferences, read about it in industry publications or you may be using BIM already yourself. Building Information Modeling can be a powerful tool for architects, engineers and construction industry professionals, so we thought it would be a good idea to write a short blog post on what BIM is, and what it can help you and your business achieve. Let's start with the basics. 

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Tags: BIM, Building Information Modeling, EPS

KORE Celebrates 20 Years in Business in 2017

Posted on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 01:08 PM


This year Airpacks Ltd t/a KORE celebrated our 20th year in business. Located in Kilnaleck, Co. Cavan, Airpacks opened its doors in 1997 manufacturing tonge and groove cavity wall insulation and floor insulation. Over the past 20 years we've grown from a small family business to a team of 36. We've increased our product offerings to include insulated foundation systems, KORE Fill Bonded Bead Cavity Wall Insulation, roof and wall ventilation and a variety of other solutions made from EPS. 

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