Bryson Energy and the University of Ulster recently announced their joint success in securing funding of £1M to deliver a range of fuel poverty initiatives in Northern Ireland.
This funding awarded by Oak Foundation, a Geneva based philanthropic organisation is designed to tackle all three key areas that contribute to fuel poverty; low income, inadequate heating and insulation and the high cost of energy.
Effectively, this partnership will aim to:
- Inform and evaluate policy on fuel poverty in Northern Ireland
- Enable more effective intervention and support for householders in fuel poverty across Northern Ireland
The Affordable Warmth Portfolio will run for 3 years and focus on 5 key projects:
- New Health Routes to Support Young Families at Risk of Fuel Poverty
- Transforming Northern Ireland's Heating Systems: A Plan to Retrofit Dwellings
- Energy Brokering
- Warm Homes Heating and Insulation Programme for private renters Impact Analysis
- Wood-Pellet Boiler Installation Programmes for low income households Impact Analysis
New Health Routes to Support Young Families at Risk of Fuel Poverty
Many families in Northern Ireland are struggling to adequately heat their homes. This is impacting on the health and wellbeing of our children.
There are a number of health problems that can emerge from children living in cold damp homes. For example, children in cold homes are more than twice as likely to suffer from respiratory problems as children living in warm homes. Cold, damp homes have also been associated with poor weight gain in infants, higher hospital admission rates and they can lead to children having more time off school due to illness.
To tackle the impact that cold, damp homes have on children's health, Bryson Energy has launched a project 'New Health Routes' where the aim is to identify families with children vulnerable to fuel poverty and make it easier for them to access our support. The 'New Health Routes' project focuses on all children aged 5 and under and on older children and adolescents with respiratory and cardiovascular problems.
We offer independent energy advice, can identify various grants that are available to help improve the energy efficiency of a home and we also install energy saving measures such as solid wall, cavity wall and loft insulation through our range of experienced and accredited subcontractors.
Having been provided with information on Bryson Energy through 'New Health Routes' by her local GP, Amanda Devlin from Maguiresbridge in Co. Fermanagh recently had the energy efficiency of the family home improved through the 'Warm Homes Scheme' delivered by Bryson Energy. The family home had solid wall insulation applied, walls were drylined and loft insulation was installed.
Amanda discusses the benefits: "The insulation has already made a big difference in the comfort of our home. The house is a lot warmer, which can only help the health of our two children. I would recommend the scheme to friends and family and in fact already have".
All of this support can help to reduce energy costs for householders and make a home warmer and more comfortable to live in and therefore healthier, particularly for children.
To find out more about the options available to keep the home warm a family has to simply phone:0800 1422 865 and quote 'New Health Routes'
For further information on the project contact:
Project Manager: Rory McManus
T. 028 9073 4275
Project Officer: Léo Andrade
T. 028 9073 4261
Transforming Northern Ireland's Heating Systems: A Plan to Retrofit Dwellings
The project aims to ascertain the costs, benefits and implications of removing old inefficient oil systems and upgrading insulation in homes across Northern Ireland.
Subsequently developing a pilot programme for the retrofit of vulnerable households heated by old/inefficient oil systems.
For additional information, please contact the Retrofit Manager - Ursula Toman on
The scheme aims to expand on initial efforts for energy brokering in Belfast so that householders in the city and surrounding areas can benefit from lower energy costs and improved payment options.
For additional information, please contact the Energy Brokering Manager - Raymond Gormley on
The Wood Pellet Boiler Installation Impact Analysis Programme
Will examine the impact of the programme on low-income households and explore best practice for customer-supported installation when assessing its potential rollout across Northern Ireland.
For more information, please contact the Scheme Manager - Leona Donaghy on
Warm Homes Heating and Insulation Programme for private renters Impact Analysis
This project aims to review the impact and efficacy of the Warm Homes scheme on private rented householders.
The purpose is to improve future fuel poverty provision for the private rental sector, ensuring that their tenancy rights are upheld after energy improvements
For more information, please contact the Scheme Manager - Barbara Gray on
Bryson and University of Ulster partnership work offers the combined effective delivery of energy efficiency on the ground with the scholarship that can help support it. Katie Pilkington is Bryson's Senior Manager responsible for overall delivery and management Oak Foundation's portfolio together with Professor Christine Liddell, Professor of Psychology, a leading researcher for University of Ulster's Housing and Human Wellbeing Research Group.
For additional information, please contact Senior Manager - Katie Pilkington on