Managing Energy in Housing
RHA 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.
Rockford Housing Authority along with their Energy Performance Contractor, Johnson Controls, completed a $7.2 million energy upgrade project in December of 2015. This project included measurable upgrades to 9 of the housing authority’s 11 developments. Because the EPC project remained on schedule and under budget RHA was able to leverage excess funds into an Illinois Clean Energy Foundation.