The Warmth and Wellbeing Pilot Scheme is a joint policy initiative with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, and the Department of Health, and is operated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and the Health Service Executive. The scheme targets energy efficiency retrofits in the homes of people who are living with chronic respiratory conditions. This scheme aims to test the health benefits associated with improved energy efficiency environments in an Irish context. Energy efficiency upgrades such as attic and wall insulation and ventilation, boiler upgrades with heating controls and window and door replacements are provided free of charge to successful applicants.
The Warmth and Wellbeing pilot scheme has an overall budget of €20m as committed in the 2016-2019 Strategy to Combat Energy Poverty. An independent evaluation of the associated health benefits has commenced and an interim report will be provided to DCCAE by mid-year. By the end of the evaluation sufficient evidence will have been collected to carry out a cost benefit analysis which will calculate the level of healthcare costs avoided for participants in the scheme and for the state.