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Title: Public Housing: A Tailored Approach to Energy Retrofits

More than 1 million HUD-supported public housing units provide rental housing for eligible low-income families across the country. A survey of over 100 public housing authorities (PHAs) across the country indicated that there is a high level of interest in developing low-cost solutions that improve energy efficiency and can be seamlessly included in the refurbishment process. Further, PHAs, have incentives (both internal and external) to reduce utility bills. ARIES worked with two PHAs to develop packages of energy efficiency retrofit measures the PHAs can cost effectively implement with their own staffs in the normal course of housing operations when units are refurbished between occupancies. The energy efficiency turnover protocols emphasized air infiltration reduction, duct sealing and measures that improve equipment efficiency. ARIES documented implementation 10 ten housing units. Total source energy consumption savings was estimated at 6%-10% based on BEopt modeling with a simple payback of 1.7 to 2.2 years. At typical housing unit turnover rates, these measures could impact hundreds of thousands of units per year nationally.
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  1. Advanced Residential Integrated Energy Solutions (ARIES) Collaborative, New York, NY (United States)
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Technical Report
Research Org:
Advanced Residential Integrated Energy Solutions (ARIES) Collaborative, New York, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B)
Country of Publication:
United States
June 2014; residential; Residential Buildings; ARIES; Building America; Public Housing, PHA; Public Housing Authority; Islip Housing Authority; Raleigh Housing Authority; energy efficiency; BEopt; energy modeling; energy efficiency retrofit