Case Studies of Energy Efficiency Retrofits to Multifamily Affordable Housing in Minnesota
Affordable housing is critical for low-income Minnesota residents, but many affordable multifamily housing units are in need of repair and come with high-energy bills. Increasing the energy efficiency of multifamily rental housing saves energy, improves residents' health and comfort, and helps to maintain reasonable living costs. Improving the efficiency of these buildings also helps Minnesota meet its Conservation Improvement Program energy savings goals and contributes to the preservation of the state's affordable housing stock (NRDC/NHT).
These cases studies illustrate the impact of energy efficiency retrofits in Minnesota's multifamily housing stock. Each offers an overview of a project including information on cost, energy savings, rebates and financing. They include projects across a range of scales from boiler controls in townhomes to significant upgrades involving mechanical and envelope improvements.
View the individual case studies below, or download a combined document here.
Energy Efficiency in Independent Senior Living
Non-Profit Senior Housing
Energy Efficiency in Affordable Urban Living
Non-Profit Family and Individual Housing
Moderate Renovation for Affordable Suburban Living
Sienna Green I Apartments
Non-Profit Family Housing
New Opportunities Utility Programs
Recently, utilities have begun to expand their energy efficiency offerings under Minnesota's Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) to include programs specifically tailored to multifamily housing (5 units and greater). These programs apply to energy efficiency retrofits, and some have been developed to coordinate with large scale renovations for multifamily housing. Some new programs provide a one-stop shop for owners and managers interested in energy improvements. In areas where utilities are not yet offering a multifamily housing program, owners and managers will continue to be eligible for programs offered for commercial and residential customers, as applicable.
Program information in the Xcel Energy and joint Xcel and Center Point Energy territories can be found here. Launched in September of 2015 the program is a one stop shop for energy efficiency retrofit for both electricity and natural gas.
Program information Minnesota Energy Resource territories can be found here. The program serves a range of property types and utility metering configurations.
Energy Efficiency for All is dedicated to linking the energy and housing sectors together in order to secure the benefits of energy efficiency for millions of low-income families. It has information and resource on a range of topics including Energy Equity, Program Design and Budgets, Regulation and Policies, Building Owner Opportunities, Financing, and the Clean Power Plan.
Learn more about the importance of choosing healthy, non-toxic building materials for energy efficiency retrofits on the Clean Economy Manufacturing Center (CEMC) website. CEMC is a collaborative venture of like-minded private and public sector partners who support the growth of a vibrant, domestic clean energy economy.
Minnesota Sustainable Housing Initiatives Case Studies is a collection of regional, national and international examples of sustainable building design. Projects include both new construction as well as renovation of single family and multifamily housing.
Project: Case Studies of Energy Efficiency Retrofits to Multifamily Affordable Housing in Minnesota
Project Partners: The National Housing Trust, the Natural Resource Defense Council, and The Center for Sustainable Building Research
These case studies were produced in coordination with the Minnesota Multifamily Affordable Housing Energy Network, a network working toward more effective utility programs serving the multifamily affordable housing market in Minnesota; higher program participation; greater communication and connectivity between energy efficiency and housing programs; and regenerative networks connecting stakeholders across the energy and housing sectors. For more information download a Minnesota fact-sheet here.
Sponsors: Natural Resource Defense Council