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Philadelphia Green Roofs, HOPE VI November 17, 2009

Filed under: Energy Efficiency — sustainphas @ 7:25 pm
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  • 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.  



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.