Target 3: Retrofit 15 percent of Housing Stock with Insulation, Air Sealing and Cool Roofs
Weatherization represents a crucial component of Greenworks Philadelphia’s building energy reduction target. While the city has a history of successful weatherization programs, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery) provides Philadelphia with a once in a generation opportunity to retrofit Philadelphia’s aging housing stock. These funds will support the weatherization of households earning less than 200 percent of the poverty line ($44,000 for a family of four). Using census data from 2000, more than 60 percent of households in Philadelphia could qualify. Recovery dollars will help the City weatherize thousands of low-income homes each year. Additional financial and other incentive programs will assist homeowners that don’t meet the Recovery’s income requirements. All told, these efforts will enable Philadelphia to meet Greenworks Philadelphia’s target of 100,000 houses retrofitted by 2015.


Expand Current Low Income Housing Weatherization Efforts
The Weatherization Assistance Program (administered by the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation) provides traditional weatherization improvements, such as attic and wall insulation, window sealing and replacement, and upgraded heating equipment. Through the Recovery, Philadelphia expects to receive more than twice the amount of money that it has historically spent on weatherization in a given year. This influx of new money will require a sea shift in how the work is carried out. The Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development’s office is making connections between local workforce training programs and the private contractors and non-profit groups that will perform this work. This will position Philadelphia to spend its weatherization dollars wisely and quickly.