Media Release

March 19, 2013

St. John’s Social Housing Units Receive Further Energy Upgrades

New ventilation systems will be installed in a group of 36 social housing units on Wigmore Court in St. John’s in order to further improve the energy efficiency of the homes. Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation has awarded a $123,400 contract to Eastern Siding Systems Ltd. to install heat recovery ventilation systems in the properties. This work is scheduled to be completed in June.

“This project will make these homes more environmentally friendly and cost effective for tenants,” said the Honourable Paul Davis, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. “These ventilation systems are being installed in renovated social housing units throughout the province to enhance air quality and improve circulation while reducing heat loss. Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation is helping to reduce energy costs while ensuring homes remain comfortable for families and individuals with low incomes.”

Building renovations such as this support the commitments in the Provincial Government’s action plans focused on climate change and energy efficiency, Charting Our Course: Climate Change Action Plan 2011 and Moving Forward: Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2011.

Secure Foundations, released by the Provincial Government in August 2009, outlines a 10-year vision for social housing. It is aimed at improving the housing circumstances of low-income households and helping create healthier communities.

Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation is the province’s largest landlord, with 5,573 affordable rental units province-wide.

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Media contacts:

Ed Moriarity
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 699-5668
Jenny Bowring
Manager, Communications
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation