Utility Allowance Determination – Ann Arbor Housing Commission

As part of a Troubled Agency recovery team, Damian Colden was required to review the existing utility allowances and develop a an updated allowance schedule. The schedule that was in use had not been updated since 1987. It was decided that an engineered computer model should be developed based on sound engineering principles and industry rules-of-thumb. Prior schedules had been developed based on tenant consumption data which was incomplete, inaccurate or allowed for the inclusion of excessive usage. By using a engineering-based computer model, the biases introduced by usage patterns and other anomalies were minimized.

Damian also performed an energy analysis and recommended eight energy cost saving measures to the Housing Commission.

Year: 1997

Contributor: Damian Colden

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