Working with Enterprise, San Francisco tapped into local resources to model a revitalization program on the national HOPE VI program. The locally funded program, HOPE SF, focused on preventing displacement and incorporating green building. It will be a LEED ND pilot project, and will also apply the Green Communities criteria developed by the national housing syndicator, Enterprise. The focus will be on energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation as well as creating a healthy environment.
San Francisco pursuing LEED ND November 17, 2009
- The Sierra Club named Milwaukee’s HOPE VI development, Highland Park, as one of the nation’s best new projects. It features one of the nation’s largest green roofs, and one of the first green roofs to grace a public housing development. The Housing Authority estimates that the room will lower cooling and heating costs by 10-12%. The mid-rise building also incorporated recycled materials from the high rise projects it replaced.
- In 2007, DHA signed a contract with Honeywell to implement an energy efficiency program. This program would decrease utility costs through renewable energy upgrades. Cost savings amount to $1.8 million dollars, and the program will impact 3,700 public housing units. Improvements include a geothermal heating and cooling system. DHA also worked with Xcel Energy to convert light bulb throughout their properties. Over 100 trees were planted by DHA staff and residents as part of the Mayor’s Million Tree Initiative. DHA has actively been involved in regional planning efforts to extend public transit and develop Transit Oriented Developments with proximity to existing public housing.
- A fifty million redevelopment project is underway in Savannah, Georgia. The development, Fellwood, is a major part of the Westside Development and Revitalization plan. It broke ground in September 2008. Fellwood is a project which aims to demonstrate that highly efficient and healthy buildings can be built affordably. The project will include a four acre park and a community garden. Preserving the local oak tree canopy will be another important step. The development team is taking steps to reduce stormwater run off and utilize native landscaping. Energy Star appliances, reflective roofs, and high efficiency windows are all included in the plans. The project will be registered with the EarthCraft Coastal Communities certification, and it is a pilot LEED – ND neighborhood. It is developed using the principles of smart growth for walkable and diverse communities.
- Pittsburgh worked with Honeywell to initiative an energy conservation program. It focused on geothermal technology which resulted in $3.2 million in annual utility cost savings. The savings are guaranteed by Honeywell, and they will be used to pay for the improvements. Honeywell will also hold energy awareness workshops at the Pittsburgh housing developments for residents. The installation of a geothermal HVAC system will be the foundation of the improvement initiative. As such, the upgrades will not affect the Housing Authority’s capital budget. The work will result in significant carbon emissions reductions of up to 16 million pounds. The Housing Authority of Pittsburgh serves 20,000 residents.
- The Seattle Housing Authority owns 5,200 units of public housing. When redeveloping High Point, the Housing Authority focused on creating a pedestrian friendly community based upon new urbanism ideals. It features a natural drainage system, water conservation and energy efficiency innovations. Furthermore, it features “Breath Easy Homes” to address the needs of children with asthma and allergies. Seattle also undertook an independent cost-benefit analysis of the High Point project. The study compared High Point to other local public housing. It demonstrated that the utility costs for the development were 56% lower, and the fuel consumption was 37% lower.
Cost Benefit Analysis Study can be downloaded from the Seattle Housing Authority:
- The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority provided the PHA (Philadelphia Housing Authority) with grant funding to assist with the costs of ensuring that the HOPE VI Ludlow development, which features 160 units, will reach Energy Star standards. The PHA also worked with a non-profit organization, the Energy Coordinating Agency, to ensure Energy Star certification. In addition, another development, Nellie Reynolds Gardens, incorporated a 20,000 square foot green roof. The roof should result in 10-20% savings related to energy costs. It is designed to ensure minimal maintenance. The property also had environmentally friendly pains, carpeting, and caulking.