Massachusetts Green Retrofit Initiative

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The Green Retrofit Initiative (GRI) is a program designed to help affordable housing owners navigate our state’s utility programs to achieve energy efficiency savings. In partnership with our building science expert, New Ecology, Inc., LISC Boston has worked with over 50 multifamily affordable housing owners statewide to benchmark a total of 17,000 units, retrofit more than 5,000 units, and leverage over $17 million. The Green Retrofit Initiative’s approach has demonstrated that energy and water retrofits can consistently result in 20 percent energy savings.

We are currently partnering with 20 owners to create long-term Green Asset Management Plans, which identify energy savings goals, healthy housing practices, and opportunities to incorporate renewable technologies.

To ensure owners are benefiting from peer experience, we regularly convene owners for Community of Practice sessions. Topics range from Virtual Net Metering 101 to navigating a housing portfolio’s detailed energy usage data in order to identify opportunities for savings.


Energy Savings Reports

In 2012, the Massachusetts Green Retrofit Initiative received one of only twelve national HUD Energy Innovation Fund awards. From 2012 to 2015, our program participants saw average savings of 29% for electric projects and 23% for gas projects in the 3,500+ housing units retrofitted. Over half of the units upgraded saw greater than 20% savings. A rigorous data savings analysis was conducted by WegoWise and results confirmed by the Cadmus Group.


Current MAGRI Members (starred members are also Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) participants)


Green and Healthy Property Management Resources

LISC Boston created the Green and Healthy Property Management Guide to help affordable housing owners define and pursue measures to reduce the use of energy, water, and harmful chemicals in their properties; reduce waste generated on site; create healthier living environments for residents; and reduce the carbon and environmental footprint associated with residential properties. Equally, it provides our community partners and other owners of low-income housing with a basis for an open discussion with their property managers about green and healthy goals, implementation of those goals, and ongoing oversight of the properties’ energy performance. The Guide also helps organizations decide which tasks need to be implemented by the owner, and those that need to be executed by the management staff to achieve the best results within their housing portfolios.


Case Studies

Turning Crisis Into Energy Savings Opportunity (Atwood Acres)

Energy Upgrades + Refinancing = Major Savings (Brighton Allston Apartments)

Deep Retrofit Yields Dramatic Returns (Powdermill Village)

Boiler Optimization Maximizes Savings (Robert McBride House)

Squeeze Every BTU Out of Your Retrofit (Scrivano Apartments)

Opportunities Aplenty – Even in Efficient Buildings (1460 House)

Spotlight on Smoke-Free Housing (Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation & Urban Edge)

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