redefining affordable housing
through energy efficiency
Since 1976, CHP has provided Department of Energy (DOE) weatherization and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) weatherization and related services to households throughout Virginia. Today, we also provide technical assistance and improvements to structures and equipment that promote safer, healthier, and more comfortable energy-efficient buildings and homes. Click on any of the following to view Energy Solutions Field Operations programs:
CHP is a Building Performance Institute (BPI) affiliate organization, and our Energy Solutions staff is BPI certified. They are also certified by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and Home Energy Ratings (HERS),which provide a standard measurement of both new and existing home energy efficiency. Ratings often verify energy performance for the ENERGY STAR® homes program energy efficient mortgages, and energy code compliance.
CHP's weatherization program reduces energy costs for low-income families by improving the efficiency of their homes, while also
assessing and eliminating related health and safety issues.
Funded with federal dollars administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Energy Solutions completes a site-specific energy audit that includes blower door directed air leakage diagnostics, heating system safety and efficiency diagnostics, duct leakage diagnostics, and insulation needs.
impact of american recovery & reinvestment act funds
With the receipt of ARRA funds, CHP:
- Increased the number of our Energy Solutions staff from 20 to 64 employees
- Increased the average number of weatherization projects per quarter from
approximately 108 to 336
- Witnessed the growth of our waiting list from approximately 165 single-family and no multi-family households to almost 750 single-family and 350 multi-family
Provided over 84,109 hours of training related to the American Recovery &
Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This includes technical training for our own weatherization
team (including new hires) and training of management staff on the Weatherization
Assistance Program (WAP), and development strategies around production and use
of the ARRA funds
- Continued to perform energy audits that predict annual homeowner savings of 30
- Discovered and remedied life-threatening conditions related to heating systems in
over 20% of the households where we do work
-Increased average cost per weatherization job (single- and multifamily) from $6,006 to
- More than quadrupled the amount of work subcontracted out for single-family housing
weatherization work. (No multifamily weatherization work was done prior to March,
- Completed $14 million in subcontracted weatherization and weatherization-related work for multi-family properties
crisis heating and cooling
Offered through Virginia Energy Assistance Program, CHP's crisis heating and cooling program helps eligible low-income households with equipment problems when other resources cannot meet these needs. Each year the Virginia Department of Social Services (DSS) determines how much funding to allocate, elligibility requirements, and how the heating and cooling program will be administered at the local level. Energy Services staff repair existing equipment and provide assistance with costs for new equipment or the electricity to operate equipment. Below are general operating deadlines for each program:
November 1 - March 15
June 15 - August 15
Questions on this program? Contact the Energy Assistance Office of the Virginia Department of Social Services at (804) 692-1900 or your local Department of Social Services.
emergency home repair
Consistent with our tradition, CHP continues to alleviate hazardous living conditions for low-income families who live in sub-standard housing and have no ability to improve these unhealthy conditions. Our emergency home repair program includes services on electrical work, plumbing, roofing, structural repairs, energy management and heating systems, and accessibility construction for the handicapped. The grants in this program generally range from $500 to $1000 per family, and volunteer help from the recipient's family is often utilized to assist with the improvements.
During 2012, CHP Energy Solutions:
• Educated and trained over 2,153 participants in affordable housing and energy efficiency practices
• Provided weatherization services to 798 families
• Provided heating and cooling assistance for 407 households
• Performed emergency home repairs for 62 households