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Nashville Geothermal Energy November 17, 2009

Filed under: Energy Efficiency — sustainphas @ 7:20 pm
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  • As part of the broader Nashville Green initiative, the MDHA announced the incorporation of a new geothermal energy system at the Parkway Terrace Apartment complex.  The Housing Authority estimates that the system will reduce heating costs by 70% and cooling costs by 30%.  In addition, the MDHA has implemented water conservation measures such as new fixtures, faucets and shower heads to reduce consumption up to 50%.  Finally, solar panels are to be installed on two rise structures.



ACTIVE Louisville

Filed under: Energy Efficiency — sustainphas @ 7:18 pm
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  • A recipient of the EPA’s Energy Star Award for Excellence, the Louisville effort focused on a new HOPE VI mixed-income development called Liberty Green.  The development consists of 689 new homes which all received Energy Star labels.  All units will be 30% more efficient than the building code requirements, and the improvements include higher efficiency heating and cooling systems as well as enhanced ductwork. 
  • In addition, the Louisville Metro Housing Authority received grant funding to support ACTIVE Louisville within the community where Liberty Green was under development.  Projects included an inter-generational fitness program, bicycle recycling and a community clean up.



Ithaca Housing Authority: Partnering with State Agencies November 11, 2009

Filed under: Energy Efficiency — sustainphas @ 9:24 pm
  • In 2004, the Ithaca Housing Authority began to plan for an effort to conserve energy by working with the NYSERDA (NY State Energy and Research Development Authority).  They began a twelve year project to convert the heating system.  IHA upgraded boiler systems and furnaces, installed Energy Star appliances, and added a state-of-the-art heat recovery ventilation system.  IHA estimates that it will save $80,000 a year on energy costs.
  • In 2009, the EPA and HUD awarded the Ithaca Housing Authority with the 2009 ENERGY STAR Award for Energy.