AEA and GRID Alternatives team up to deliver Energy Efficiency + Solar Energy to Affordable Multifamily Housing
Posted by Kay Stewart on March 21, 2017 ·
The Association for Energy Affordability and Grid Alternatives Tri-State announced the formation of the Energy Efficiency and Solar Partnership (EESP) to bring the combined benefits of energy efficiency and solar energy to multifamily buildings where low-income households live.
The goals are to lower the building’s energy requirements by improving or replacing inefficient building systems, and to design and install – at minimal up-front cost – solar energy systems to supply a significant portion of the building’s electric load.
The organizations will harness foundation and private financing together with incentives or funds from existing efficiency and renewable energy programs to overcome financial barriers to participation by cash-strapped housing providers. Read More
Posted by David Hepinstall on November 23, 2016 ·
At Thanksgiving we take time to recognize the individuals and organizations that make it possible for us to perform our work and make progress toward our goals of making housing healthful, comfortable, energy efficient, and affordable.
This includes the energy professionals, contractors and installers who depend on us for quality training to assess, specify, and install energy efficiency measures.
It includes our own direct customers who place their trust in us to perform energy upgrades safely, professionally, and cost-effectively, and who refer their colleagues to us.
It includes our community-based weatherization network, our nonprofit partners in the affordable housing and energy efficiency space, and other companies with whom we collaborate to advance our mutual goals.
And it includes the government and private sector entities whose programs provide funds to support this work, especially in housing occupied by households who could not otherwise afford to do it.
Posted by Steve Marchese on September 7, 2016 ·
Chimneys and gas appliance vent pipes require large clearance to combustible materials like 2×4 framing. Often these chases are open to the attic and surrounding walls or floor joists. Seal them durably with approved materials like sheet metal and fire-rated caulks.
2. Plumbing chase
The plumbing chase is often double framed to accommodate large waste pipes and vent stacks as well as water supply piping. These walls can directly connect the attic to the basement and to sidewalls and tub surrounds. Seal the chase at the top with code approved, durable materials and caulks. Read More
Posted by Kay Stewart on August 14, 2016 ·
The Weatherization Assistance Program was signed into law by President Gerald Ford as part of the “Energy Conservation and Production Act” (Public Law 94-385) on August 14, 1976.
Federal regulations described the purpose of the Weatherization program to “increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential energy expenditures, and improve their health and safety, especially low-income persons who are particularly vulnerable such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with high energy burden.”
AEA salutes the many individuals who have worked tirelessly to advance these goals in their communities by bringing the benefits of Weatherization to housing occupied by households with low incomes throughout New York and the entire United States, improving the lives of millions of Americans while improving the environment for us all. Read More
Posted by Sarah Burns on August 12, 2016 ·
On August 4th, downstate New York Weatherization Assistance Program subgrantees kicked off a year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of the date when the Weatherization Assistance Program was signed into law at AEA’s 2016 Summer Games in Central Park.
AEA staff and WAP network members enjoyed a day of softball, picnic fare and networking. Those who attended wore T-shirts commemorating the occasion with the Weatherization logo and the names of the 16 downstate WAP subgrantees on the back.
During the coming year, AEA plans a series of events to increase awareness of the contributions the Weatherization Assistance Program has made to the efficiency and affordability of the housing (in small homes and apartment buildings) where low-income New Yorkers live, and the health and safety of building residents.