Incorporating energy efficiency into a rehab project is a significant step toward achieving High Performance Housing – housing that is energy efficient, durable, sustainable and healthy.
Energy consumption has a direct impact on air quality and our natural environment. Reducing energy demand lessens air pollution from power plants and contributes to cleaner, healthier neighborhoods. Improving efficiency helps meet our national goals for energy security, economic growth and environmental protection.
Installing energy efficient measures will lower monthly utility bills. Communities may also be eligible for rebates, tax deductions or an energy efficiency mortgage, which allows lenders to use a higher-than-normal debt-to-income ratio to calculate loan potential. In addition, these measures may increase the resale value.
Energy efficiency saves money and can lighten the load on maintenance personnel. Advanced controls and sensors automate more functions; efficient HVAC systems increase occupant comfort and decrease service calls. LEDs have a rated life of approximately 50 times longer than typical incandescent bulbs and greatly reduce frequency of replacements.
- National best practices research and implementation
- Water saving devices
- Natural gas retrofits
- Efficient lighting systems
- Water conserving landscape design
- Trash efficiency programs
- Solar initiatives
- Vacant unit waste detection
- Recycling programs