Grant: $7,308,570 - Department of Housing and Urban Development - Sep. 23, 2009
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Award Description: The sustainable green design and construction program for the 208 public housing units at Highland Dwellings seeks to maximize energy efficiency and provide safe and healthy housing to residents. Activities to be funded by the CFRC grant: • The installation of ground-source heat pump to replace the existing boiler hot water systems and window air conditioners. This renewable energy source will replace the existing inefficient system where each unit has forced air heat, gas-fired furnaces that are more than 20 years old, and where units have an average of almost two window air conditioners, installed by the tenants. • Replacement of the in-unit radiators with blower units. • Replacement of the existing windows with new low-E casement windows. • Installation of either a white roof membrane or cool shingles over the existing roof. • Installation of attic insulation and attic exhaust fans. • Adaptation of the existing steel frame porches to create sun-shading devices on the east, west and south sides of buildings. • Installation of instant-heat tankless gas-fired water heaters to replace the existing hot water boilers. • Replacement of all interior lighting 60 watt incandescent bulbs with CFLs. • Installation of low-flow water fixtures. • Installation of low-VOC, non-vinyl, non-carpet flooring. • Introduce low impact site and landscaping features to improve water conservation and storm water management. • Install covered gutters. Connect to underground cisterns to be used for irrigation. • Remove portions of existing asphalt areas and replace with non-invasive, drought-tolerant ground cover and plantings to decrease non-pervious paving area. • Replace existing walkways with pervious paving. • Replace existing grass with indigenous, drought-tolerant plantings. • Supplement existing shade trees with new deciduous shade trees along south building exposures and along walkways. • Adoption of Green Operations and Maintenance practices. A manual will be developed that includes a routine maintenance plan; operations and maintenance guidance for all appliances, HVAC operation, water-system turnoffs, lighting equipment, paving materials and landscaping, and other systems that are part of each occupancy unit; and an occupancy turnover plan that describes in detail the process of educating the resident about proper use and maintenance of all building systems. • Use of solely low or no volatile organic compounds (VOC) paints, primers, adhesives and sealants. • Adoption of Integrated Pest Management Protocols. • Commitment to using at least 25 percent (by cost) wood products and materials that are salvaged wood, engineered framing materials or certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council. • Commissioning of a green assessment of facilities to identify 'Green investment options in the project plan. Recommendations of the green assessment will be implemented to the maximum extent feasible. The assessment will focus on energy efficiency, water conservations, indoor air quality, materials and construction. It will review greening opportunities that can provide both short and long term environmental, social and economic impacts to identify and prioritize sustainability initiatives based upon costs and estimated payback as well as other benefits that support the PHA’s goals. The plan will include actions, costs, timeframes, estimated operational cost savings and a summary of expected benefits to residents and the environment, detailed data on effective green building measures and costs. The property currently uses more than 1500 therms per unit per year of natural gas, 8400 kWh per unit per year of electricity, and 26,000 gallons per unit per year of water. Two independent estimates of energy savings indicate that Highland Dwellings will consume between 47% and 49% less energy (in combined BTUs) and 22% less water. These reductions combine, using the weighted method (70% energy, 30% water), to 39.5%.
Project Description: Projected first quarter activities include obtain Board approval to proceed with construct of modernization program and start on schematic drawings for scope of work.
Jobs Summary: The types of jobs that will be created by this project include construction management, unskilled labor, skilled labor, professional services, manufacturing, fabrication, and other personal services. (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Not Started
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