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Non-Energy Benefit Assessment Practices for Housing Interventions: Guidance for Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Programs



For over 10 years the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative has implemented and evaluated housing intervention services, including efforts to measure how home-based energy efficiency, weatherization, and related healthy homes services can confer non-energy benefits at the individual and community level and drive significant savings by improving economic, health and environmental outcomes for residents of affordable housing. Non-energy benefits (NEBs) are defined as the wider socio-economic outcomes that can arise from energy efficiency improvement, aside from energy savings. Specific examples of NEBs at the household level include improvements in housing stability, health, comfort, and energy security; in addition, building owners experience less operation and maintenance costs, increased asset values, and decreased vacancy.

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