A New Way to Reduce Multifamily Air Leakage
While tight exterior envelopes have become standard for single-family homes, they have been slow to reach the multifamily sector. Multifamily buildings have many of the same leakage paths as houses, as well as additional paths ...
Evaluating Ventilation in Multifamily Buildings
While we in the energy conservation business have long been aware of the need for fresh air in a dwelling, we are just beginning to realize how vital it is to assess the quantity and quality of that air. [continue reading]
Making Low Income Housing Affordable: The Northgate Retrofits
The 1,400 residents at Burlington, Vermont's Northgate Apartments faced an uncertain future in 1988. The owners of Northgate announced that they intended to pre-pay their U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) loan ahead of schedule and convert the 336-unit complex to market level rents. [continue reading]
Affordable Housing Through Efficiency
The Department of Housing and Urban Development generally defines affordable housing as a place to live that costs no more than 30% of the occupant's income, including utility costs. [continue reading]
Controlling Recirculation Loop Heat Losses
Domestic hot water heating accounts for 15-27% of the total energy use in a typical Minneapolis apartment building, not counting energy used for lighting and electric appliances. [continue reading]
New Construction in New England: The Energy Crafted Home Program
Several electric utilities in New England developed the Energy Crafted Home program to encourage the construction of single-family and multifamily homes that are substantially more energy efficient than those built to code. [continue reading]
Once Heated, Twice Used
Dual-integrated appliances-water heaters used to provide both domestic hot water and space heating-have seen increased use in recent years, primarily in the warmer climates of the mid-Atlantic states. [continue reading]
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Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?
Energy efficiency is good for the economy, good for families, good for workers, and good for the environment.