Daytime view of a multistory public housing building.

Housing & Community Development

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 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

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Ameresco’s Housing efforts are focused on publicly assisted multi-family housing facilities of 50 apartments or more. By leveraging HUD’s public housing performance contracting program (HUD EPC), a practice pioneered by Ameresco staff to address the estimated $4 billion that HUD spends on public and assisted housing utility bills each year, we significantly reduce utility costs using a performance-oriented approach that strategically addresses equipment and systems, energy management and resident training & 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 over 130,000 households (and counting) under performance-based energy and water services contracts.

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Additional Media

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