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A Guide to Healthier Upgrade Materials

The material selection process for energy efficient upgrades in affordable multifamily projects often prioritizes cost, durability, and aesthetics. However, the content of materials and influence they can have on occupant health must also be considered. In the United States chemicals are considered safe until proven otherwise, and not all manufacturers disclose the full chemical content … Continue reading A Guide to Healthier Upgrade Materials

Oregon’s 10 Year Plan to Reduce the Energy Burden

Pursuant to Governor Brown’s Executive Order No. 17-20 and in partnership with the Department of Energy and the Public Utility Commission, OHCS created a 10-year plan to reduce energy burden and improve energy efficiency in affordable housing across the state. The plan, which is accompanied by an interactive assessment of energy use in affordable housing, … Continue reading Oregon’s 10 Year Plan to Reduce the Energy Burden

On-Demand Training: Emerging Technologies – Drain Water Heat Recovery

This training will provide a technology overview on drain water heat recovery (DWHR), including potential first cost and savings ranges for standard installations. The training will focus on three unique water heating configurations in multifamily buildings and how the technology can be folded into each scenario. Scenarios include: In unit water heating tank Centralized tank … Continue reading On-Demand Training: Emerging Technologies – Drain Water Heat Recovery

Training Webinar: Multifamily Health and Safety

This training highlights the impacts of energy efficiency improvements on the health and safety of residents, as well as the key building components that can signal health and safety issues. This training will build upon the Energy Audit 101 and Multifamily Building Operations training's. Training Segments Multifamily Health and Safety - Combustion Safety  Multifamily Health … Continue reading Training Webinar: Multifamily Health and Safety

On-Demand Training: Emerging Technologies – Solar Thermal for Multifamily

As part of our on-demand video training series showcasing emerging technologies, this month we highlight solar thermal hot water systems. Solar thermal water heaters can be a cost-effective way to generate hot water for your multifamily property. In this video, we discuss: Types of solar thermal systems Energy savings associated with solar thermal systems Onsite … Continue reading On-Demand Training: Emerging Technologies – Solar Thermal for Multifamily

Training Webinar: Energy Efficient Multifamily Building Operations

This training provides a fundamental understanding of the importance of building operations on the energy efficiency, durability, and comfort of multifamily building. Building operators will be equipped with building science and operational principles, as well as maintenance strategies to improve building performance, lower operating costs, and improve comfort for occupants. To view the full training … Continue reading Training Webinar: Energy Efficient Multifamily Building Operations

New Construction Envelope Bundle

This month the Multifamily Energy Program is highlighting the New Construction Envelope Bundle. Improved building envelopes have multiple benefits for both building owners and occupants. For building owners and developers, an improved envelope can lead to longer life cycles for the building and an overall more durable structure that is less likely to be vulnerable … Continue reading New Construction Envelope Bundle

Training Webinar: Planning for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

This training provides multifamily building professionals the recommended considerations and practices when planning an existing building retrofit with energy efficiency measures, by building upon the foundation of the Intentional Design and Energy Auditing 101 courses. The training specifically highlights: How energy upgrades fit into the property life cycle The key steps in planning for energy … Continue reading Training Webinar: Planning for Energy Efficiency Upgrades