- 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.
Denver’s Regional Affordable Housing Planning November 17, 2009
- 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.
- 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.