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Rockford (IL) Housing Authority Energy Performance Contract

DOE Better Buildings Challenge | 2015

The Rockford Housing Authority (RHA) is located in Rockford, Illinois. RHA’s mission is to partner with the community and responsible residents to transform houses into homes while guiding families to self-sufficiency. The public housing authority owns and manages over 1,900 public housing units, of which more than 75% were built before 1970. By 2012, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding could not cover the aging housing stock’s rising maintenance costs and RHA became a last resort housing option for many tenants. However, by implementing a successful energy performance contract (EPC), RHA regained its reputation for providing quality affordable housing that positively influences Rockford’s economy, social fabric and livability.

The EPC allowed RHA to install energy upgrades in eight of its buildings. Although the process from approval to project completion was lengthy, RHA realized immediate savings from its energy efficiency improvements.

From 2014 to 2015, installed energy efficiency measures produced cost savings of over $100,000, which will be used to pay back the debt service incurred on the project. Future savings will be used to supplement operations and programming budgets at each site. Buildings on average are saving 13% on cost. 

View the full case study, including details on financing and outcomes, on the Better Buildings Challenge website. 

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