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About the Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor

This Web-based tool was developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research. The purpose is to help the housing community improve energy efficiency in existing buildings during rehabilitation and renovation, a significant step toward achieving High Performance Housing, i.e., housing that is energy efficient, durable, sustainable and healthy.

The information contained in the Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor ("Advisor") updates the 1996 HUD Policy Development and Research (PD&R) publications: Guidebook for Optimizing Utility Consumption in Existing One-to-Four Family Dwellings and Guidebook for Optimizing Utility Consumption in Existing Multifamily Dwellings. The Advisor draws extensively on information from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Energy Star The Advisor lists recommended measures and the incremental cost, savings, and payback produced by choosing the energy efficient measure compared to the minimum required by the governing code or standard. The data provided are based on computer models of typical single family and typical multifamily buildings in the climate zone. The energy efficiency recommendations are based on ENERGY STAR specifications, where applicable.

The results should be used as a guideline or blueprint of the measures to consider. If you are conducting extensive rehab, you are strongly encouraged to seek the advice of an energy professional, including an energy audit, for more accurate cost, savings, and payback estimates. ENERGY STAR provides information for finding a professional energy efficiency contractor.

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Content updated June 5, 2009

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