Case Study: Stafford House, Laconia NH
Project Name: Laconia Housing Authority, Stafford House.
Building Type: Public Housing, 49 residential units, 36,352 SF, built in 1912.
Goal: Improve comfort, safety; reduce operations, maintenance, and energy costs.
Overview Story: The Stafford House was built in 1912 as the Laconia Tavern Hotel. Advertised as a modern upscale hotel with amenities, the 100 rooms came with or without private baths, telephones, and hardwood floors with rugs. Elevators, electric lights, and its own automobile garage made this hotel very modern. The most famous of its guests was President Eisenhower. It was operated as a hotel until the early 1970s when it was converted into apartments. LHA purchased it and converted it to independent-living apartments for low-income clients and clients with disabilities. RBG’s Energy Audit found numerous issues with building envelope and HVAC systems. While replacing windows does not usually result in energy savings, in this case it made sense for safety, aesthetic, and energy reasons. LHA expects to reduce energy use by 29%, saving LHA $23,500 each year. Moreover, Renewable Energy Credits from their new PV system will bring in $3,000 each year.
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