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Title: Upgrade energy building standards and develop rating system for existing low-income housing

Abstract

The city of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD) receives grant funding each year from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide local housing assistance to low-income residents. Through the years, HCD has found that many of the program recipients have had difficulty in managing their households, particularly in meeting monthly financial obligations. One of the major operating costs to low-income households is the utility bill. Furthermore, HCD`s experience has revealed that many low-income residents are simply unaware of ways to reduce their utility bill. Most of the HCD funds are distributed to low-income persons as grants or no/low interest loans for the construction or rehabilitation of single-family dwellings. With these funds, HCD builds 80 to 100 new houses and renovates about 500 homes each year. Houses constructed or renovated by HCD must meet HUD`s minimum energy efficiency standards. While these minimum standards are more than adequate to meet local building codes, they are not as aggressive as the energy efficiency standards being promoted by the national utility organizations and the home building industry. Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW), a city-owned utility, has developed an award-winning program named Comfort Plus which promotes energymore » efficiency{open_quote} in new residential construction. Under Comfort Plus, MLGW models house plans on computer for a fee and recommends cost-effective alterations which improve the energy efficiency of the house. If the builder agrees to include these recommendations, MLGW will certify the house and guarantee a maximum annual heating/cooling bill for two years. While the Comfort Plus program has received recognition in the new construction market, it does not address the existing housing stock.« less

Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Memphis and Shelby County Div. of Planning and Development, TN (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Urban Consortium for Technology Initiatives (United States). Energy Task Force; Memphis and Shelby County Div. of Planning and Development, TN (United States); Public Technology, Inc., Washington, DC (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
10118143
Report Number(s):
DOE/CE/27504-T9
ON: DE94005672; IN: DG/92-306; BR: EC0302000/EC1201200; TRN: 94:004513
DOE Contract Number:  
FC02-90CE27504
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Jul 1993
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS; ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS; LOW INCOME GROUPS; ENERGY CONSERVATION; BUILDING CODES; ENERGY CONSUMPTION; 320100; 290201; BUILDINGS; ECONOMICS

Citation Formats

Muller, D, and Norville, C. Upgrade energy building standards and develop rating system for existing low-income housing. United States: N. p., 1993. Web. doi:10.2172/10118143.
Muller, D, & Norville, C. Upgrade energy building standards and develop rating system for existing low-income housing. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/10118143
Muller, D, and Norville, C. 1993. "Upgrade energy building standards and develop rating system for existing low-income housing". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/10118143. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10118143.
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title = {Upgrade energy building standards and develop rating system for existing low-income housing},
author = {Muller, D and Norville, C},
abstractNote = {The city of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD) receives grant funding each year from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide local housing assistance to low-income residents. Through the years, HCD has found that many of the program recipients have had difficulty in managing their households, particularly in meeting monthly financial obligations. One of the major operating costs to low-income households is the utility bill. Furthermore, HCD`s experience has revealed that many low-income residents are simply unaware of ways to reduce their utility bill. Most of the HCD funds are distributed to low-income persons as grants or no/low interest loans for the construction or rehabilitation of single-family dwellings. With these funds, HCD builds 80 to 100 new houses and renovates about 500 homes each year. Houses constructed or renovated by HCD must meet HUD`s minimum energy efficiency standards. While these minimum standards are more than adequate to meet local building codes, they are not as aggressive as the energy efficiency standards being promoted by the national utility organizations and the home building industry. Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW), a city-owned utility, has developed an award-winning program named Comfort Plus which promotes energy efficiency{open_quote} in new residential construction. Under Comfort Plus, MLGW models house plans on computer for a fee and recommends cost-effective alterations which improve the energy efficiency of the house. If the builder agrees to include these recommendations, MLGW will certify the house and guarantee a maximum annual heating/cooling bill for two years. While the Comfort Plus program has received recognition in the new construction market, it does not address the existing housing stock.},
doi = {10.2172/10118143},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/10118143}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1993},
month = {7}
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