scope of the Weatherization program continues to be one of assisting in
the achievement of a more helpful dwelling environment and maximum
energy conservation for low-income clients.
Weatherization staff and PACS general contractors must use the blower
door while performing infiltration and thermal measures on a home. This
ensures the client will receive the measures that will be most
advantageous to them. After the work is performed, one can be assured
they have had the most positive and meaningful measures completed to
their homes that will ensure they are living in a safer and more energy
efficient home. Preference is given to elderly and/or handicapped
clients who are determined to be in life or health-threatening
situations, the homebound, and those most in need.
first priority measure PACS performs on a house, mobile home, is
checking the energy systems of the dwelling. This includes furnaces,
space heaters, fireplaces water heater jackets, duct wraps and duct
repairs if needed, flue repairs, safety materials and safety repairs.
At present date, of all homes completed during this contract cycle, 50%
received heat systems measures. Training concerning all heat system
inspection, repair, and/or replacement is provided by the Energy
Assistance Branch Training Center in Frankfort, Kentucky. A National
Energy Audit is performed on each house and a Manufactured Energy Audit
is performed on each mobile home PACS serves. These audits show the
areas the Weatherization program should address while performing
Weatherization services. As the second priority, the major infiltration
work is completed. This includes repairing and/or replacing missing
doors, panels, panes; missing windows and/or windowpanes; repairs to
supply and return ducts; and major envelope holes. The general heat
waste priority is then repaired, blocking is installed, attic bypasses
are addressed and sealed, roof repair, which is very limited by
regulations, is completed. If necessary, the walls of the dwelling are
then repaired and insulated. Floors are repaired, ground cover is
installed underneath the structure, pipe wrap, and insulation is
Weatherization program operates all twelve (12) months of each year.
Since ARRA funding, DOE funding has decreased and the primary focus has
been the completions of ARRA. DOE projected goal was to complete 34
homes in a two month period. PACS Weatherization program is under the
guidance of Kentucky Housing Corporation and they have approved funding
for our program to do multi-family units.
information about the scope and impact of the Weatherization Program
may be found by reviewing the copy of the PACS Annual Report.)