The District of Columbia Housing Authority has begun working on an extension of the previous energy efficiencies and other sustainable improvements as part of the second phase of its comprehensive energy conservation program.

The first phase of the program, called the Energy Capital Improvement Program or ECIP, cost $26 million and completed improvements, such as LED lighting or updated more energy efficient heating and cooling systems, at 33 properties. The $88.7 million second phase covers extended construction of energy improvements, upgrades, and modernization of equipment and infrastructure at 27 properties.

“This program brings energy conservation measures that will benefit our customers and also our bottom line. As we update and modernize equipment, we are reducing our energy costs and creating healthier and more sustainable communities,” said DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett.  “ECIP Phase 2 will address DCHA’s comprehensive energy programming needs and long-term portfolio considerations.”

The second phase of the ECIP was originally approved by DCHA’s Board of Commissioners in 2016. The commissioners approved the amendments to the program, including financing, at the December 2017 regular board meeting. DCHA has completed the refinancing of Phase 1 on February 9, 2018, which will be followed by three targeted closings of the remaining investments between February and early April 2018.

“ECIP is an innovative financing technique approved by HUD that uses cost savings from reduced energy consumption to repay the cost of installing energy conservation measures,” said Deputy Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer Rainbow Lin.

With the current public housing portfolio, DCHA estimates a savings of $170 million over the next 12 years.

In addition to the improvements to electrical, water, HVAC, and lighting systems at many properties, some properties will receive new roofs, new doors, and weatherization treatment. The entire portfolio will undergo a water system audit. And four properties will receive geothermal systems—Stoddert Terrace, Ft. Dupont Dwellings and Additions, Garfield Terrace, and Langston Dwellings and Additions.

The program also includes a resident engagement and support program that will educate customers on the cutting-edge technology being installed in their communities. There will be job training and employment opportunities, as well.



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