Housing Executive to spend £55m retrofitting homes

The Housing Executive’s Head of Sustainable Development Robert Clements with Chair Nicole Lappin, Dr Inna Vorushylo, Chief Executive Grainia Long and Ciaran Byrne
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The Housing Executive will invest £55 million over the next year to make homes more energy efficient and cut fuel bills. It made the announcement at their annual Sustainability Symposium on Wednesday at Queen’s University Belfast.

As part of that investment, £9 million will be spent retrofitting 300 homes in Strabane, Dunmurry, Newtownards, Sion Mills, Dungannon and Antrim by March 2025.

Housing Executive chief executive, Grainia Long, said: “Our Low Carbon Retrofit Programme will deliver a ‘whole house’ solution with the desired outcome of reducing carbon emissions, lowering householder bills and providing a heather environment.

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“A range of interventions will help us achieve this, including improving energy efficiency measures through retrofitting, the introduction of low carbon heating options like air source heat pumps and the use of renewable energy for power generation and electric storage.

“This exciting [£9m] programme is just one strand of our £55m investment plan. These plans will help combat the very real pressures created by fuel poverty and the cost of living crisis.

“The low carbon retrofit scheme follows the completion of our first large-scale retrofit programme with EU Interreg funding and match funding from the Housing Executive at over £31m.

“Thanks to this programme, 1,400 of our houses are warmer, more energy efficient and have a reduced carbon footprint.”

As well as investing in upgrades to increase energy efficiency in its existing homes, HENI also started building a new build pilot scheme in north Belfast in November called Sunningdale.

The six new homes are being built to Passive House standards which means they are designed to be airtight to keep as much heat in as possible and use less energy.

They are also being built using using Modern Methods of Construction and ultra-low energy building techniques.

Other speakers at the event included Ciaran Byrne, Director of the National Retrofit Directorate in Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland; Angus Kerr, Director of Climate Change, Department for Communities; Dr Inna Vorushylo, Ulster University and Eddie Murnin, Associate Director of GEDA Construction.

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