The Warmth and Wellbeing Scheme aims to make homes warmer and healthier to live in. It does this by providing extensive energy efficiency upgrades to those in energy poverty who are living with chronic respiratory conditions. The initiative is led by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in conjunction with the Department of Health and the Health Services Executive (HSE).
The Warmth and Wellbeing scheme launched in 2016 provides extensive energy efficiency upgrades free of charge to the homes of people over the age of 55 in Dublin who are in energy poverty and living with respiratory conditions. From 2017 onwards, the Scheme includes families with young children and three additional areas of Dublin (thus now covering Dublin 8, 10 and 22, in addition to Dublin 12 and 24). It is anticipated that it will provide for the upgrade of between 700-800 homes in 2017.
Damp homes and air quality are universally regarded as key contributing factors to both conditions. By retrofitting homes, the Warmth & Wellbeing scheme aims to improve the internal air temperature and air quality in the homes of people suffering from these conditions. This should ease the symptoms of people with respiratory conditions and potentially reduce their need to access health services.
In 2017, the scheme has been expanded to families with young children. This has the added bonus of determining the role that having a warmer home can play in boosting social inclusion and even school performance.
About Warmth and Wellbeing
The scheme carries out home energy upgrades delivered through SEAI's Better Energy Warmer Homes contractors.
Standard attic insulation and appropriate ventilation
Wall insulation: cavity, dry lining or external
Boiler replacement as appropriate (oil or gas)
Draught proofing as appropriate