Case Study: LINC Housing Community Housing Energy Program
LINC Housing Corporation, an affordable housing community for seniors and families, consists of 6,000 units in 45 properties throughout California. LINC’s Housing Energy Program provides education and training within LINC itself, engages in partnerships with green experts and consultants, established green building standards, developed evaluation tools, and funded improvements to four LINC communities.
In 2008, LINC partnered with the California Sustainability Alliance to receive comprehensive technical assistance and recommendations on how to improve their program offerings in the areas of energy efficiency and sustainability. Together, LINC and the Alliance developed strategies, standards, and tools for cost-effective yet green and energy efficient property modernization. Click to view the resulting Sustainability Report.
The Alliance began with a property condition assessment, including a green analysis, an energy audit, cost-benefit analyses, and implementation recommendations. All phases of the building lifecycle were considered, including design, equipment specification, construction, verification & quality assurance, and operation & maintenance. Sustainable design standards, operations and maintenance plans (including guidelines, checklists, and upgrade schedules), a sustainable procurement policy, and other policies and tools were developed to support LINC in incorporating sustainability across their entire portfolio. The Alliance also provided assistance in identifying and obtaining additional resources and funding such as financing, incentives, and rebates.
While retrofits are always site-specific, measures commonly recommended for the LINC Housing Energy Program include:
- Ceiling Fans
- Domestic Hot Water
- Plumbing Fixtures
- Pool Pumps
- Pipe Insulation
- Roof and Paint
- Temperature Setpoints
- Pest Management
- Cleaning Products
The technology recommendations and tools created through this partnership will continue to benefit all of LINC’s communities throughout California and will result in more healthful, affordable, and energy efficient communities for LINC’s low and middle-income residents. Visit the LINC website for more information about LINC’s green activities.