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Title: Public Housing: A Tailored Approach to Energy Retrofits

Over one 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 four 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 at the time 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 in 18 housing units. Reductions in average air leakage were 16% and duct leakage reductions averaged 23%. Total source energy consumption savings due to implemented measures was estimated at 3-10% based on BEopt modeling with a simple payback of 1.6 to 2.5 years. Implementation challenges were encountered mainly related to required operational changes and budgetary constraints. Nevertheless, simple measures can feasibly be accomplished by PHA staff at low or no cost. At typical housing unitmore » turnover rates, these measures could impact hundreds of thousands of units per year nationally.« less
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  1. Advanced Residential Integrated Energy Solutions Collaborative, New York, NY (United States)
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Report Number(s):
NREL/SR--5500-65353; DOE/GO--102016-4814
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Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States))
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B)
Country of Publication:
United States
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION residential; residenital buildings; ARIES; Building America; public housing; PHA; Public Housing Authority; Islip Housing Authority; Raleigh Housing Authority; Philadelphia Housing Authority; Norwalk Housing Authority; energy efficiency; BEopt; energy modeling; energy efficiency retrofits