Housing Executive tenants in Derry will be among the first to benefit from a major new programme of double glazing works.
Work is already under way at the first 26 houses in Newbuildings and Strathfoyle, with an investment with over £51,000 taking place in these areas.
The Derry families are among the first homes to be worked on in a project that will see schemes taking place across the North.
Over 7,800 Housing Executive tenants will get double glazing in the £17.5m refurbishment initiative.
Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland said: “I welcome the fact that the contracts are in place and work has started again on the double glazing programme to meet the Programme for Government commitment to install double glazing in all Housing Executive homes by the end of March next year.
“This is excellent news for tenants across Northern Ireland. Families will benefit greatly from the work which will ensure they are provided with more comfortable and warmer homes.”
Mags Lightbody, acting Housing Executive Chief Executive, said: “We have worked hard to ensure that we deliver the Minister for Social Development’s commitment to provide double glazing in all our properties by the end of March next year. By replacing them now, tenants should benefit from greater energy efficiency, noise reduction as well as lower heating costs.
“This is a new start for the Housing Executive. We have new contracts in place, not only for our double glazing but also for our major improvement schemes.
“This year we have £90million to spend on improving our tenants’ homes.”