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Accession Number DE2012-1055375
Title Retrofit Audits and Cost Estimates: A Look at Quality and Consistency.
Publication Date Oct 2012
Media Count 68p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Retrofit NYC Block by Block is an outreach program targeting owners of one- to four-family homes. With more than 600,000 citywide, these homes are most common building type in New York City (NYC). The program is administered by the Pratt Center for Community Development and implemented by four nonprofit, community-based organizations. Block by Block connects residents, businesses, and religious and civic organizations in predominantly low- and moderate-income neighborhoods with one or more of a half-dozen public and private financial incentive programs that facilitate energy efficiency retrofits. In this research project, investigators initially sought to evaluate the approach, effectiveness, and energy use reductions accomplished by the Retrofit NYC Block by Block Program. An early objective of this research was to determine if the measures, their costs, and the achieved savings were predictable enough to significantly reduce the use and cost of individualized energy audits and expedite the recommendations process. Unfortunately, the program began operating later than anticipated and the activity has ramped up more slowly than expected. These factors, along with the limited period of performance for this research project, did not allow adequate information to be collected on a significant number of retrofit projects. As a result, the initial research objective could not be accomplished. Instead, with the Block by Block program in the early stage of operation, research efforts focused on examining the audit reports for quality, comprehensiveness, and consistency. Based on a closer look at six buildings for which utility data were available, two primary areas of concern emerged: the energy savings estimates and the costs of the recommended measures. Audit results were found to be highly variable even across very similar buildings.
Keywords Cost estimates
Energy audits
Energy conservation
Energy consumption
Energy efficiency
Low income groups
New York
Research project
Residential buildings

Source Agency Technical Information Center Oak Ridge Tennessee
NTIS Subject Category 97B - Energy Use, Supply, & Demand
97G - Policies, Regulations & Studies
89 - Building Industry Technology
Corporate Author Winter (Steven) Associates, Inc., Norwalk, CT.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1309
Contract Number KNDJ-0-40342-00

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