HUD Green Retrofit Program In Northwest Proves to be a Huge Success in Reducing Energy and Water Consumption

Ferndale Villa in Washington

Ferndale Villa in Washington

In 2009, HUD announced a Green Retrofit Program (GRP) for Multifamily Housing funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  In 2010, Mercy Housing Northwest signed up seven properties for involvement in the GRP program which involved receiving funding for and implementing energy and water efficiency and indoor air quality upgrades and the properties as well as measurement of building energy and water use before and after the retrofit program.

On average, the seven properties in Washington State involved in the Green Retrofit program saved an amazing 24% in common space electricity consumption and 18% in total water use and tenants saved 10% on their electric consumption. Assuming cost savings are commensurate with consumption reductions, collectively, these properties are saving about $62,000 per year as a result of the Mercy Housing paid energy and water bills.  These cost savings are being used to offset the increased operating costs anticipated in 2014.

Here is a breakdown of the results achieved by the buildings one year after the upgrades were implemented:

Property

Tenant Electric Use Reduction

Common Space Electric Use Reduction

Water Use Reduction

Skagit Village

7%

14%

39%

Cascade Village

15%

36%

21%

Washington Square

9%

28%

28%

Moses Lake Estates

6%

17%

-28%

Boundary Village

13%

37%

35%

Wapato Gardens

9%

28%

13%

Ferndale Villa

11%

11%

15%

AVERAGE

10%

24%

18%

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