The first of 40 ultra-low-emission burners to be put into Rotorua homes is set to be installed next week.

As part of its work to improve Rotorua's air quality, Bay of Plenty Regional Council is funding the supply and installation of 40 ultra-low-emission burners (ULEBs) for low-income home owners within the Rotorua urban area.

Regional councillor Lyall Thurston said the Low-Income Heating Grant Scheme was a very exciting project for everyone involved.

"We will be taking out low-income home owners' old non-compliant burners and replacing them with a free-standing ULEB. This will help improve Rotorua's air quality by giving these home owners a clean heating source they might otherwise not have been able to afford.

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UELBs are the cleanest-burning fires on the market. They are made in Christchurch where, thanks to their low emissions, they are the only type of wood burner allowed to be installed in the city's high-pollution areas.

The regional council has worked with various partners to implement the scheme.

"It's been a real combined effort from everyone to get this up and running," Mr Thurston said.

"We're really pleased we could work with these partners to improve Rotorua's air quality."

The other groups involved are: Tropicair Heating Ltd (supplier and manufacturer), Easy Insulation Ltd (installation) and Rotorua Lakes Council (building inspection and consents).
Easy Insulation Ltd is one of the regional council's Hot Swap service providers.

The new burners will be added to the approved product list under the Hot Swap scheme, which gives people in the Rotorua urban area the chance to swap old wood burners for heat pumps or gas, pellet or wood fires.

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Appliance supply and installation cost goes on to the property rates and can be paid back over 10 years. For more information visit www.cleanrairrotorua.co.nz.