Hooper Bay Housing Analysis & Energy Feasibility Report
This project was funded by a Department of Energy grant to investigate the potential for energy savings in residential and commercial buildings in Hooper Bay. The feasibility study explores the potential for job creation and other economic benefits of a retrofit program. The Cold Climate Housing Research Center was hired to analyze energy data from the community, reccommend improvements, and project savings. Through this project, five community members were trained in energy rating and completed audits of 24 homes. CCHRC's tasks included:
- an in-depth review of the energy audit reports
- travel to Hooper Bay for a followup inspection of homes
- modeling improvement scenarios and cost feasibility based on goal of 30% energy reduction
- data analysis and completion of final feasibility report, including a list of prioritized recommendations for retrofits
Summary: The feasibility study found that the goal of 30% energy reduction was attainable in most of the audited homes. One of the biggest recommendations was air-sealing, although this must be coupled with proper ventilation as past weatherization efforts have led to serious indoor air quality problems in the region. The CCHRC analysis also specified education as a key component, as occupants must understand how heating and ventilation systems function to keep the home healthy.