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Opportunities Aplenty - Even In Efficient Buildings

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. 

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Turning Crisis Into Energy Savings Opportunity

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.

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Energy Upgrades + Refinancing = Major Savings

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.

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Deep Retrofit Yields Dramatic Returns

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%.

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Boiler Optimization Maximizes Savings

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.

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Squeeze Every Btu Out of Your Retrofit

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.

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Spotlight on Integrated Pest Management
  • Proactive inspections
  • Pest-specific protocols
  • Targeted use of pesticides
  • Engagement of maintenance staff and residents
  • Fewer pest problems
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Portfolio-Wide Smoke-Free Housing

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.

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Spotlight on Smoke-Free Housing

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. 

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