- 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.
Milwaukee Green Roofs 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.
- 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.
- 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.