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Retrofit Case Study: Loft 27, Lowell, Mass.

Boston-based WinnCompanies has cut its electric bill for common areas by 25% at Loft 27, a 173-unit apartment building, as the result of efficiency retrofit and solar projects completed in 2012. The apartment development was created from the adaptive re-use of an historic former mill. Download

Retrofit Case Study: R Street Apartments, Washington, D.C.

RStreet Apartments, a collection of 130 apartment units in five historic low-rise buildings, is an example of a situation where an initial green retrofit project doesn’t have to be the end-all and be-all. Rather, new upgrades a few years later can reap additional utility cost savings. Less than four years after a LIHTC renovation was […]

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Energy Advocacy: Groups Seek to Expand Funding for Efficiency Improvements in Affordable Housing Properties

Retrofitting affordable multifamily rental housing properties to make them more energy efficient is critically important for building owners and managers. Energy consumption is the largest or second-largest category of operating expenses in these kinds of properties. However, investing in energy efficiency improvements requires capital, which can be difficult to secure in the current era of […]

Cutting Utility Costs: The Residences at Wood Street, Pittsburgh, Pa.

The investment of a mere $1.25 million in energy and water retrofit improvements at a 91-year-old, 16-story mixed-use building in downtown Pittsburgh, Pa. is already generating substantial savings from reduced utility costs, while providing more comfortable living conditions for the residents. Download

Ultimate Green: Residents Save Money at New Solar-Powered Apartment Property in Southern California

Residents get their electricity mostly for free at Arbor Green Apartments, a new 40-unit low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) development in Los Angeles County. The reason? A sprawling rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the site that supplies nearly all of the power for the entire property, including the apartments and common areas. Download

Making Green Building Work: The Importance of Resident Engagement

After a green affordable multifamily rental housing project is completed, either through new construction or renovation, will the expected energy and water cost savings actually be achieved? To a large degree, the answer depends on the day-to-day actions of the residents and whether they are motivated to conserve, either by financial rewards (e.g., smaller utility […]

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PTEE Road Show Kickoff is an Eye-Opener for Attendees

More than 120 enthusiastic energy- and cost-concerned representatives from a variety of affordable housing companies and organizations filled a conference room in a building adjacent to Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station on April 3 for a frank and incisive, daylong look at the true financial benefits that can be reaped from best practices in energy and […]

The Focus in Austin Is Green

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