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State surpasses energy goal for low-income housing

By Ann Knoedler

Menomonie Project – Mudrovich arch

Superior Project – HSR Associates

Milwaukee Project – Eppstein Uhen

Manitowoc Project – HGM Arch

The announcement Friday that Wisconsin has “surpassed its aggressive energy efficiency goal” to weatherize residential units for low-income tenants reminded me of the many projects bid through the Wisconsin Division of State facilities that contributed to achieving this goal.

During the last two years, from January 2010 through December 2011, 77 projects were bid to weatherize large, multifamily buildings throughout Wisconsin. The program was paid for by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 and administered by the Wisconsin Division of State Facilities together with the Division of Energy Services.

The work applied to apartment buildings having 20 or more residential dwelling units per structure; and two-thirds of the tenants with an income at or below 60 percent of the state median income.

Tenants now reap the benefits of upgraded heating and cooling systems, energy-efficient windows, compact fluorescent light bulbs, ventilation, insulation, reduction of air leakage, shower heads, refrigerator replacements, and more.

Statewide, the apartment buildings were located in the following communities: Algoma, Antigo, Appleton, Ashland, Beaver Dam, Beloit, Eagle River, Eau Claire, Glidden, Grantsburg, Green Bay, Hurley, Janesville, Kenosha, La Crosse, Lake Nebagamon, Madison, Manitowoc, Mauston, Menomonee Falls, Menomonie, Middleton, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Poynette, Prescott, Racine, Reedsburg, Richland Center, River Falls, Sparta, Superior, Waterford, West Allis, West Bend and Woodruff.

The four architectural firms hired to design and provide all project coordination for the projects were HSR Associates Inc. of LaCrosse; HGM Architecture Inc., Oshkosh; Eppstein Uhen Architects, Milwaukee; and Mudrovich Architects, Wausau.

Ann Knoedler is the lead data reporter at The Daily Reporter.

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