WRC Releases Update for Guide on Weatherizing Town Buildings
The WRC recently completed an update to the guidance document Weatherizing Town Buildings: What Local Officials and Energy Committees Need to Know. This 2013 update provides energy use results for seven of the nine weatherization retrofits completed, providing regional examples of both energy and cost savings realized through completion of these weatherization projects. This document is for Towns and Energy Committees interested in completing a weatherization project. The guide is specifically focused on municipal buildings in Vermont, and provides insights from the WRC’s experiences. The WRC was able to compile this document through state Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funding, in addition to the many successful weatherizations completed with this grant.
While providing guidance on how to complete a weatherization project for municipal buildings, this document also provides highlights and vignettes of specific experiences encountered during the WRC’s project oversight. The benefits of a weatherized building are clear, but getting started may seem daunting. Even without outside funding, weatherization of municipal buildings may, in many cases, be a sound investment for local municipalities through favorable payback periods from reduced heating costs. This guide is designed to help demystify the process for town officials, energy committees, and others working on municipal building retrofits.
This guide is meant to go beyond the basic weatherization process by providing information about working with historic buildings, identifying common obstacles found, and offering tools and strategies for dealing with these obstacles. The information contained within roughly follows the traditional process for completing a weatherization project. The goal of this document is to help your town better understand what to expect if it chooses to pursue weatherization projects in the future. The document is titled Weatherizing Town Buildings: What Local Officials and Energy Committees Need to Know, and was brought together with the help of the WRC Energy Committee, Efficiency Vermont, the Vermont Natural Resource Council, Thermal House, and all of the towns in the Region that received grant funding