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Moving to Affordable Housing with ENERGY STAR . QUESTION ? Is a home affordable if it... Is a home affordable if it... has higher operating and maintenance.

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1 Moving to Affordable Housing with ENERGY STAR 

2 QUESTION ? Is a home affordable if it... Is a home affordable if it... has higher operating and maintenance costs?has higher operating and maintenance costs? increases default risk under homeownership?increases default risk under homeownership? doesn’t provide a comfortable indoor environment?doesn’t provide a comfortable indoor environment? doesn’t maintain future value?doesn’t maintain future value?

3 Affordable Housing Utility costs in public and assisted housing are more than a quarter of operating costsUtility costs in public and assisted housing are more than a quarter of operating costs Maintenance is more than a thirdMaintenance is more than a third

4 Affordable Housing As utility rates rise, affordable owners are pinched between debt service requirements and rising operating costsAs utility rates rise, affordable owners are pinched between debt service requirements and rising operating costs Allowances are adjusted after rate increases, leaving tenants paying higher costs until allowances catch upAllowances are adjusted after rate increases, leaving tenants paying higher costs until allowances catch up

5 ENERGY STAR ® National brand representing energy, financial & environmental performance Over 40 product categories covering appliances, residential lighting, consumer electronics & office equipment Certification of top energy performance for homes & buildings

6 Why ENERGY STAR Works ENERGY STAR symbol adds value to products and services Simple, consistent national platform Flexible, so partners can take ownership Builds on existing market structures

7 Why Choose ENERGY STAR ? Lower utility costs Lower maintenance costs Improved durability and comfort Streamlined procurement Increased property value Reduced air pollution / improved environment

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9 Energy Star Options Products Homes (New) and Home Performance (Existing) Business (Office, retail, etc.)

10 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING Existing Housing: Specify ENERGY STAR productsSpecify ENERGY STAR products Implement Home Performance w/ENERGY STAR (where available)Implement Home Performance w/ENERGY STAR (where available) New Housing: Specify homes/units meet ENERGY STAR (3 stories or less)Specify homes/units meet ENERGY STAR (3 stories or less)

11 Products Easy. Specify ENERGY STAR in modernization and maintenance purchases Sample procurement language and calculators available –see energystar.gov, then “Products,” then “Purchasing and Procurement”

12 ENERGY STAR Labeled Products HVAC Programmable Thermostats Home Office Home Electronics Lighting Fixtures Ceiling Fans Water Coolers Dehumidfiers Roofing Products Transformers Telephony Lighting Office/computer equipment Ventilation Fans Insulation Appliances –Refrigerators/Freezers –Dishwashers –Clothes Washers –Room Air Conditioners Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) Windows, Doors, Skylights Compact Refrigerators, Freezers

13 E NERGY S TAR Specification Development Product Selection: –Based on national energy savings potential, ability of label to influence consumers –Recommendations from internal analysis or partners Specifications: –Must be significant improvement over national average –Developed with stakeholder (industry, utilities, and efficiency advocates) input

14 ENERGY STAR Product $avings Refrigerators – At least 15% more efficient than the minimum federal efficiency standard. Clothes Washers -- Compared to a model manufactured before 1994, an ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washer can save up to $110 per year on your utility bills. Dishwashers - Use a minimum of 25% less energy than the federal minimum standard for energy consumption. Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) - Use 2/3 less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last 6-10 times longer. Furnaces - Offer a rating of 90% AFUE or greater, which is about 15% more efficient than the minimum federal efficiency standard.

15 Refrigerator Bulk Purchases New HUD web page –http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih /programs/ph/phecc/bulkpurchase.cfmhttp://www.hud.gov/offices/pih Participation from GE, Whirlpool, Sears government sales ENERGY STAR models identified

16 New HUD ENERGY STAR Bulk Purchasing Website

17 Home Improvement Home Sealing –Seal leaks in the building envelope –Add insulation –Use ENERGY STAR windows when replacing old windows –No “label” see energystar.gov, then “Home Improvement,” then “Home Sealing”

18 Home Improvement Home Performance with ENERGY STAR –’Whole-House’ improvements EPA works with state and utility partners –Combines Audit, Evaluation, Improvements Emphasis on delivering improvements –Quality Assurance Diagnostics and “best practice” installation Accredited performance contractors see energystar.gov, then “Home Improvement,” then “Home Performance”

19 Home Improvement Inspection –Visual and diagnostic inspection of walls, windows, foundation, and mechanicals Diagnostics –Air infiltration, duct leakage testing, combustion safety tests Fee basis. Same quality-assured contractors can also implement recommended upgrades No “label”

20 HOME PERFORMANCE With ENERGY STAR Arizona California Colorado Georgia Idaho Illinois Massachusetts Maine New Jersey New York Oregon Rhode Island Texas Vermont Wisconsin Wyoming

21 ENERGY STAR FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION/GUT REHAB Eligible HousingEligible Housing –Single-family –Multi-family (up to 3 stories) Energy Efficient PerformanceEnergy Efficient Performance –15-20% > IECC, & –Verifies thermal integrity of home envelope –Includes ENERGY STAR Lighting and Appliances –Includes ENERGY STAR Lighting and Appliances Third-Party VerifiedThird-Party Verified –Each home’s energy performance is independently verified

22 ENERGY STAR FOR HOMES PROCESS Find HERS RaterFind HERS Rater –ENERGY STAR for Homes Partner Locator Select Energy Efficiency MeasuresSelect Energy Efficiency Measures –Prescriptive Package (BOP) –HERS Analysis/Plan Review Field VerificationField Verification –Inspection –Diagnostics –Certification

23 ES Qualified Windows IECC Insulation Properly Installed Eff. Water Htr. Build it Tight, Tested Tight Ducts, Tested Continuous Air Barrier ENERGY STAR HOMES ENERGY STAR Qualified Lighting, Fans, or Appliances Right-Sized ES Equip.

24 NEXT STEPS Planning –Existing Housing Physical needs assessments and asset planning Energy audits, utility bill tracking and benchmarking –New Projects Master planning and budgeting Select A/E firms and consultants with energy efficiency experience

25 NEXT STEPS Financing –Retrofits create cash flow and enable internally or externally financed projects –Reduce maintenance costs for older systems, saving on parts and outsourced specialty services

26 NEXT STEPS Procurement –Develop ENERGY STAR specifications for use with architects, engineers, or local trades contractors –Include ENERGY STAR in competitive grant applications and developer qualifications

27 NEXT STEPS Operations and Maintenance –Develop and execute O&M plans that ensure original design intent is maintained Specify ENERGY STAR for routine replacements Develop preventative maintenance and recommissioning plans to ensure continued peak performance

28 Summary ENERGY STAR is not extra credit, It’s critical to your core mission… Truly Affordable Housing More Viable Communities Increased Operating Income

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