THE biggest energy efficient project in the country has been completed at Cox’s Demesne Dundalk.
Two thousand people have benefitted from the e3.3m energy efficient retrofit project after work was carried out on their homes to reduce energy consumption.
Over the last 18 months, Electric Ireland and Dundalk Town Council and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland have worked together to carry out a range of works including attic and cavity wall insulation, boiler installation, draught proofing and the installation of two zone heating controls to 573 houses in the Cox’s Demesne area.
Cllr Jennifer Green, cathaoirleach Dundalk Town Council said Dundalk is proud to be leading the way with this pioneering retrofit scheme.
She was speaking at a special function to mark the end of the project.
“It is fantastic that Dundalk Town Council is paving the way for other local authorities around Ireland with this latest partnership,” she said. “It was without a doubt an ambitious project led by ourselves and Electric Ireland.
“Thanks to the Cox’s Demesne residents coming on board and supporting us, the project was carried out on schedule and we can all now benefit from the project’s success and once again set Dundalk as an example nationally.
“Of course, as with any pilot project there are a few bedding in issues and Dundalk Town Council is working with residents to resolve these concerns.
“The Dundalk Partnership Project was only the beginning of our regeneration scheme for Cox’s Demesne and as we move into Phase 2, the Ashling Park Pilot Project, we are thrilled to celebrate reaching this milestone today,” she said.
Brid Horan, executive director, Electric Ireland, said she was delighted at the company’s involvement in the Cox’s project.
The Dundalk Partnership Project with Electric Ireland is Phase 1 of the Cox’s Demesne Regeneration Scheme.
The second phase is in its early stages. It will consist of the Ashling Park pilot project which will look at improving the existing Dundalk Town Council housing stock, improvements to the physical environment and the provision of new purpose built housing.
Consultation is currently ongoing with residents.
Fingal County Council architects have been engaged to draw up the plans for the pilot project.