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Apartment complex chosen for HUD energy study.

The 150-unit Margolis apartment building in Chelsea, Mass. has been selected for a pilot energy-saving project by the U.S. Departments of Energy and Housing and Urban Development and the Boston Edison Company.

The project is the second to be undertaken as part of a DOE/HUD initiative to upgrade the energy performance of public and federally assisted housing that was outlined in the comprehensive National Energy Strategy released by President Bush during the Persian Gulf War.

The goal of the initiative is to achieve a 25 percent saving--worth $400 million annually, according to DOE Assistant Secretary J. Michael Davis.

Under the program, the federal agencies are providing technical assistance to

identify energy-saving opportunities in public and HUD-aided housing. Boston Edison will finance the energy-efficiency improvements at the 13-story Margolis as part of its demand-side management program.

The Chelsea Housing Authority is funding roof replacement, emergency masonry repairs and window replacement and elevator repairs. Boston Edison will be involved in relamping individual apartments and community rooms, replacing bedroom windows with energy-saving coated windows, insultating hot water heaters and contributing to the higher costs for more efficient motors.

The 1.4 million units owned and operated by 3,300 local public and Indian housing authorities are the first of three main targets of the initiative.

The second component involves HUD's Multifamily Program. DOE and HUD will provide guidance to owners who are making capital improvements and improving maintenance in the 350,000 units covered by HUD's Insured Interest-Reduction Program, increase energy efficiency to reduce utility bills in Section 202 elderly projects and housing occupied by Section 8 certificate holders, and reduce homeless shelter operating costs.

The third part entails increasing the energy-efficiency knowledge base and skill level of local single-family rehabilitation program operators and testing the cost effectiveness of energy standards being developed for manufactured housing.
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Title Annotation:Department of Housing and Urban Development
Author:Turner, Laura
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Apr 27, 1992
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