Laois County Council has signed the contracts for retrofitting of 62 local authority-owned houses in the county.
The retrofitting of homes in Mountain View, Portlaoise, Quigley Park Rathdowney & Radharc Alainn, Arles will result in warmer, more comfortable homes and benefit householders’ health through improved air quality.
After the works, the Building Energy Ratings (BER) of homes will typically have gone from an E- or D- rating to a B2.
They will be expected to be substantially cheaper to heat than similar homes heated by oil or gas.
The works, which are part of the Midlands Retrofit Programme have been awarded to Retrofit Design Ltd who will be working in conjunction with BCD Energy Consultants and Laois County Council.
Construction works are due to begin in Q3 2021 and works will typically involve insulation, upgrades of windows and doors and installation of heat pumps (renewable energy heating systems), as committed to under the Programme for Government.
This will help Ireland’s efforts to combat climate change.
John Mulholland, Chief Executive Laois County Council said: “This retrofitting programme will allow Laois County Council to further progress the business of taking action at local level to reduce carbon emissions.
“It will also improve the domestic comfort of many people that reside in publicly owned building stock around the County.”