New Opportunities wins Residential Energy Efficiency Award in Weatherization

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
CAFCA Newsletter
Waterbury, CT

New Opportunities, Inc. (NOI), the Community Action Agency serving the Greater Waterbury, Meriden and Torrington areas of the state recently won the 2014 Residential Energy Efficiency Award in the Weatherization Category for their Butter Brook Hills Apartment project. Given out by the State & Local Energy Report, a quarterly magazine focused on facilitating greater dialog on energy-related issues among federal, state and local energy officials, the awards recognize the best projects that leverage government funds to improve the efficiency of the country’s housing stock.

NOI’s project, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), was submitted in collaboration with the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), the CT Energy Efficiency Fund, CL&P/Yankee Gas Home Energy Solutions-Income Eligible Program, UI-CT Efficiency and Healthy Homes Initiative Program, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), CT Housing Investment Fund, and the Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. It focused on the weatherization of Butter Brook Hills Apartments in New Milford, CT, an elderly and disabled housing facility slated to be weatherized in the third year of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Unfortunately, those funds were exhausted before any work on the apartments could begin.

Faced with this challenge and despite a lack of funding, the partners collaborated together to complete the project in September 2013. Many health and safety measures were identified and corrected as a result. Michael Coyle, DOE Weatherization Program (DEEP) said: “The Butter Brook project’s success arose from a combination of factors: a skilled workforce, a high quality energy analysis, and well-informed, engaged property management and residents. NOI leveraged its local leadership and effective relationships with strategic partners at all levels to deliver lasting energy savings, comfort, health and safety improvements in an innovative manner.”

The story will be featured in the Spring 2014 issue of State & Local Energy Report, due to be distributed in May.

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