Case Study

Housing Authority of the City of Baltimore



EMG completed a comprehensive Physical Needs Assessment and Energy Audits of more than 10,000 housing units for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) from 2010 to 2011.  HABC is the fifth largest public housing authority in the United States, serving over 20,000 residents.  HABC’s portfolio includes 28 family developments, 17 mixed population buildings, 2 senior buildings and scattered sites throughout the City.

EMG updated HABC’s 2005 Physical Needs Assessment of its affordable housing inventory and offered policy and program recommendations that contribute to the development of a long-term 20-Year Strategy  to provide attractive and marketable housing that meets all applicable codes and contemporary standards of modest comfort and livability.

In addition to the Physical Needs Assessment, EMG was awarded a competitive contract by HABC in 2011 to perform Energy Audits of the portfolio.  EMG assisted HABC in identifying Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) throughout its portfolio in an effort to reduce approximately $27 million in annual utility costs.

This contract also included EMG uploading data to HUD’s new GPNA tool.


EMG Client

Housing Authority of the City of Baltimore, Maryland

Asset Type


Services Provided

  • Physical Needs Assessment
  • Capital Needs Assessment
  • Energy Audit
  • Section 504
  • AssetCALC™ Asset Management Database solution

Size & Location

28 developments
19 buildings
10,000 units
Scattered sites
Baltimore, Maryland


April 2010 - Jan 2011