Public Housing and HUD Performance Contracting

  • VIew of an Asian-influenced high rise public housing building in San Francisco

    San Francisco Housing Authority

    With funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the SFHA and Ameresco will perform a $12.5-million upgrade to windows and plumbing in the Ping Yuen housing complex in Chinatown, part of a series of improvements that will yield $60 million in energy savings.

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  • The entrance of the Slater Apartments in Chicago

    Chicago Housing Authority

    Under an energy savings performance contract (ESPC), Ameresco provided heating upgrades, water-conservation systems and 10,000 refrigerators that helped the CHA save $4 million annually on energy costs. Ameresco also helped the CSA meet its goal of 50% participation by Section 3 and minority and women-owned businesses.

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  • Boston Mayor Thomas Menino holds a press conference at a podium set up outside a public housing development

    Boston Housing Authority

    A combination of 17 energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, along with a resident education program, will yield $4.8 million in energy and water savings for the BHA during the first year, and ongoing reductions of 37% in water use, 36% in natural gas use and 4% in electrical use.

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"Ameresco's excellent track record of success working in South Florida and with housing authorities across the country to identify potential energy savings will allow Miami-Dade County to further advance our commitment to providing our community with the highest level and most efficient service possible."

--Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez

The improvement of public housing energy use has become a top priority of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005 offering new opportunities for public housing agencies (PHAs) and multi-family housing facilities to implement, finance and track energy efficiency improvements. With rising utility costs, approximately 65% of U.S. public housing units built before 1970, and almost half of U.S. public housing in the second-coldest climate zone in the country, improving public housing energy efficiency presents significant challenges.

Ameresco's Public Housing Energy Efficiency Group focuses exclusively on publicly assisted multi-family housing facilities of 50 apartments or more, which includes more than 14 million U.S. households. By leveraging HUD public housing performance contracting (HUD EPC), a practice pioneered by Ameresco to address the $4 billion that HUD spends on public housing energy bills each year, we significantly reduce utility costs using a performance-oriented approach that strategically addresses equipment and systems, energy management and resident education.

With more than 30 years of experience, Ameresco's public housing energy specialists have implemented performance contracts with project capital exceeding $500 million. We have improved 130,000 households (and counting) under performance-based energy and water services contracts.

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