MEMORANDUM FOR: Executive Directors and Staff, Housing Authorities of Wisconsin
FROM: Larry Wood, General Engineer, Wisconsin Public Housing Program Center
U.S. Dept. of HUD
310 W. Wisconsin Ave. Suite 1380
Milwaukee WI 53203-2289
Voice 414-297-3214 x 8226
Note: This email BCC’d to all WI PHAs
SUBJECT: Energy Audit Contractor Information
This memorandum is a follow-up to the email sent 13 Feb 2006, regarding the requirement of an Energy Audit once every five years by Public Housing Authorities (PHAs). As previously advised, PHAs are required to competitively solicit firms to complete their Energy Audits, and this memo serves to provide you with some assistance in this process. It is always difficult to spend money on items that are not broken so one of the intents of the Energy Audit is to help you decide when it is time to replace that old boiler, those old toilets, or any other system which may be working fine, but inefficiently.
Larger PHAs or consortiums (500 units or greater) can hire an Energy Performance Contractor (ESCO) to do a complete energy savings assessment for you, implement the results and arrange funding, but this is not always cost effective for small PHAs. To research this and search for Energy Audit Contractors you should at least look at the ESCO website : http://www.NAESCO.org
Some Wisconsin utility companies offer free or low cost Energy Audits for utility items such as heat, air conditioning, lighting and water. It is acceptable to utilize these services for part of your audit, but be sure you get a complete written report that covers the items noted in the February 13th email. For those items not covered by these audits, you will have to make provisions for the additional work through a separate audit, so be sure that the services don’t overlap or omit any potential cost savings for your PHA.
I hope this information helps when you do your solicitation for an Energy Audit. Small energy savings over time can pay big dividends, just think what you were paying 5 or 10 years ago for heat & lighting and how a small savings then would be a large savings today.
Please feel free to contact our office with any questions you might have on the energy audit.
The following is a list of known Energy Audit / Energy Performance Contractors. Some do both, but may not be the right fit for your situation. HUD does not endorse or recommend any of the contractors on this list. This list is not comprehensive and we strongly encourage you to seek out other sources. Be sure you follow the 24 CFR Part 85.36 procurement contracting process when you solicit bids.
Partial list of possible bidders:
2rw Consultants, Inc.
Laurie Byers or Bob Somers
1001 East Market Street
Charlottesville, VI 22902
434 296 2116
Fax: 434 977 1862
Tammy Kasten, Executive Director
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org WAHA President
Sarah Boss, Executive Director
Email: email@example.com Webmaster
Aaron Hilbert, Finance Director