Multi-family

Low Income Housing Gets Energy Makeover

Carl Weinschenk

A housing complex in Fitchburg, MA, has new energy efficiency heating, water heaters and LED lighting, according the Sentinel & Enterprise. The upgrades at the 140-unit apartment complex cost $290,000. Under the MassSave program, the complex qualified for a 100 percent matching rebate. The funds came from Unitil, which is a cosponsor of the program. The story   …Continue Reading


Apartment Buildings Get on the Energy Efficiency Train

Carl Weinschenk

Many of the issues are the same as in other types of buildings, but working through complex owner/tenant relationships can be a challenge.


Energy Efficiency Rules at Issue in Columbia, MO

Carl Weinschenk

There traditionally has been tension between landlords and owners on one side and tenants on the other. This is true in both the commercial and residential sector. The basic question is the extent to which the landlord must make improvements that benefit the tenants. Improvements require capital investment which, of course, is a disincentive to   …Continue Reading


Siemens, Pioneer Working with the Houston Housing Authority

Carl Weinschenk

Pioneering Technology Corp. and the Building Technologies Division of Siemens are working to increase energy efficiency and reduce costs for the Houston Housing Authority.


Ontario Investing $900M in Affordable Housing

Carl Weinschenk

Ontario will invest $900 million during the next four years in retrofits of affordable housing apartments. The funding is from the proceeds from cap and trade, according to Ontario.com. The Climate Change Action Plan – which the site says will be released this week – will feature investments of as much as $500 million in energy efficient windows,   …Continue Reading


Affordable Housing Pushes Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

It may sound counter-intuitive, but the biggest mover in energy efficiency in the multi-family dwelling unit sector is housing for people with low incomes.


Efficiency Program for Multifamily Housing Offered in CT

Carl Weinschenk

A program aimed at generating energy savings for multifamily housing units in Connecticut–Benchmark CT–has launched. The program currently is available for 1,600 buildings. It is a partnership between the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA), the Connecticut Green Bank (CGB) and WegoWise. The latter provides monitoring and analytics that reduces energy and water use in multifamily   …Continue Reading


Toronto Hiking Community Housing Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

The Provincial Government of Ontario will allocate more than $42 million for energy retrofits of old community buildings in Toronto, according to CP24. The money will come from the $325 million Green Investment Fund and will finance work on between 35 and 50 buildings, the story says. Targeted areas will be insulation and installation of new windows   …Continue Reading


Free Advice on Solar From GRID Alternatives

Carl Weinschenk

GRID Alternatives this week announced that it is offering free technical assistance on solar issues nationally for multifamily housing owners, developers and operators. The free assistance is being funded by a grant from The JPB Foundation. It is aimed at reducing barriers for what the organization says are 6 million people living nationwide in affordable   …Continue Reading


PACE Loan Providers Aim to Become Mortgage-Friendly

Carl Weinschenk

Though it is concentrated today in the residential sector, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is growing and could eventually be a common vehicle for bankrolling commercial and industrial energy efficiency projects. There is some PACE activity in the commercial sector. For instance, MLive reports that Powers Distributing, a beer distributorship in Orion Township, MI, is   …Continue Reading