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1460 House, a LEED Silver certifiable building owned by Viet AID, had a domestic hot water pump that circulated 180°F water 24 hours a day, wasting electricity and gas when there was no demand for hot water.
Atwood Acres decreased its gas and electricity consumption by 28.6 and 21.3 percent, respectively – saving the owner $9,154 in avoided annual operating expenses.
Upgrades to Brighton Allston Apartments resulted in a whopping 46% reduction in the development’s total gas consumption and saved $25,357 in annual utility expenses.
Despite its challenging composition - 12 multi-family buildings - by focusing on energy and water upgrades, Powdermill Village was able to reduce utility expenses by more than 50%.
When McBride House replaced its old boiler with a new high-efficiency model, energy consumption did not decrease as expected. After optimization, gas usage decreased 18.8%. Together, the upgrade and optimization saved the owner $2,749 in annual operating expenses.
Through the Green Retrofit Initiative, the Chelsea Housing Authority was able to secure $463,565 from the utility efficiency program for Scrivano Apartments, which decreased electricity and gas use by 35.2 and 30.1%, respectively, and reduced the annual operating expenses by $29,223.
Beacon Communities embraced the challenge to transition its predominately affordable housing portfolio of 12,000 apartments across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to smoke-free, a process that took 24 months to complete.
Initial resident surveys of six Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Council-owned buildings showed that over 75% of residents wanted to live in a smoke-free property. Urban Edge, surveying residents of its Roxbury-based Walnut Washington Apartments, found that 80% of residents preferred to live in a smoke-free building.