Healthy Homes

British housing councils approves financing for healthy homes

Fri, 12/23/2011 - 10:10

The Liverpool City Council's Housing Strategy Team has been awarded more than $300,000 from the Department of Health's Warm Homes Healthy People fund, which helps to prevent vulnerable families from becoming ill due to a lack of heating, according to a government release.

The release noted that the money will be used to provide these families with the money to enhance their homes, either through the installation of new technology like radiant heating, or through the enhancement of their insulation or windows.

"This is fantastic news and will benefit many vulnerable residents across the city," Ann O'Byrne, a city councillor and concerned resident, said in the release. "It can be a very difficult time of year for elderly people and it’s important they have enough support and advice to make sure they are prepared for the cold winter months."

The installation of the new heating products and retrofitting of older homes with new insulation and windows will be done by local construction teams and government officials will provide oversight for the project.

"A big thank-you must go out to the Housing Strategy Team whose hard work and commitment made this invaluable extra funding possible," said O'Byrne.

A radiant heating system can allow a family to install a product that reduces contaminants in a home, reducing the health risks, while also providing a significant long-term savings in terms of the electricity bill.

The technology doesn't require the use of radiators, heating ducts or air vents, eliminating the presence of toxins that are generated by heating equipment. The long-term savings that the technology provides are due to the limited amount of energy that is required to heat the system.