AHEAD, Inc. is a nonprofit developer, owner, and manager of affordable housing, and has built, preserved, or renovated more than 400 apartments in northern New Hampshire since 1998.
AHEAD estimates that energy costs account for over 20% of operating budgets portfolio wide. It has identified controlling these costs through energy efficiency as being critical to the long term stability of its housing portfolio. Starting in 2010, AHEAD began renovating properties in its housing portfolio using green technologies. This has included installation of biomass heating systems, photovoltaic solar, thermal solar, weatherization and energy efficient lighting. To date, six properties have been completed, each achieving energy savings of 30-40%. AHEAD currently has three additional projects in the pipeline and is committed to completing 75% of it's portfolio by 2025. As a Better Buildings Challenge Partner, AHEAD will benchmark all of its properties, and monitor post-retrofit energy usage.