The Housing Executive has embarked on a multi-million pound investment programme to improve the energy performance of almost 2,700 of its homes across Northern Ireland.
The Energy Efficiency in Social Housing project has been made possible by funding of €22.951 million secured from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through its Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme for Northern Ireland 2014-2020.
A further €22 million in funding is being invested by the Housing Executive.
The six year €45 million programme is expected to be completed by the end of 2023, and a number of schemes addressing aluminium bungalows have already been completed or are currently on site across South Antrim, Causeway, Magherafelt and Omagh.
Improvements to the thermal efficiency of these homes include cladding, new double glazing and insulation.
The rest of the programme will see similar works to more aluminium bungalows and over 2,500 No Fines properties all across Northern Ireland.
Paul Isherwood, our Director of Asset Management, said:
“In our role as Home Energy Conservation Authority for Northern Ireland, we seek to support improvements in home energy efficiency across the entire housing stock.
This investment from the ERDF with match funding by us will help improve the comfort and well-being of a significant number of our tenants who live in non-traditional social housing.
“Improving the energy efficiency of these homes will result in less energy usage by the tenants, reduced annual energy consumption and a decrease in greenhouse gases.”
The bid to the Department for the Economy who are the Managing Authority for the NI ERDF Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme was made with the support of the Department for Communities.
Judith Woodburn from the Department for Communities, said:
“The Department has been delighted to support the NIHE for this investment to improve energy efficiency within their stock to be part funded by the European Union Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme 2014-2020.
“The improvements this work will make in some of their least thermally efficient properties will give tenants warmer homes, resulting in more comfortable and healthier living conditions.”