Housing Virginia, in partnership with the Virginia Tech Center for Housing Research, EarthCraft Virginia, and VHDA, has been collecting and analyzing energy consumption data from a series of LIHTC projects around the state that incorporated EarthCraft construction methods and materials. It will be the largest study of this type undertaken anywhere in the nation so far.
The study surveyed residents of nearly 800 renovated units and 400 newly constructed units in Chesapeake, Richmond, Orange, Wytheville, Lynchburg, Virginia Beach, Hampton, Arlington, Abingdon, King George, Petersburg, Christiansburg, and Scottsville. For the first time, researchers will be able to match up actual utility usage data and compare to projected savings. Tenant behavioral surveys will also allow us to better understand how to improve and promote these energy efficiency measures.
Housing Virginia will present the preliminary findings of this groundbreaking study at the Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference as the kickoff to a national release of findings. Be sure to stop by to see the results!