Energy Upgrades and Retrofits
Over the past ten years CMHA has taken great strides toward reducing its consumption of energy and water. In 2006, a $33.6 million Energy Performance Contract (EPC) retrofitted nearly 8,000 of its residential units with energy efficient lighting, furnaces, hot water heaters, and central heating boilers. Water-conserving, toilets, showerheads, and faucet aerators were also installed.
In 2012, $16.8 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) were used to complete energy and water upgrades in residential units not covered by the EPC.
As part of the 2006 Energy Performance Contract, CMHA installed green roofs at seven of its low-rise family-unit buildings at Lakeview Terrace. The rooftops were planted with sedums, a hearty perennial that is low maintenance and drought resistant.
These green roofs act as a blanket to insulate the building from heat loss through the roof. They also mitigate water runoff and lessen the urban heat island effect. Because of the terracing at this property, many of the residents can enjoy the beauty of the green roofs from their own window and porches.
Better Buildings Challenge
In May 2014, CMHA became a Multi-Family Partner in the Better Buildings Challenge. Better Buildings is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) designed to improve the lives of the American people by driving leadership in energy innovation.
Through Better Buildings, DOE partners with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation’s homes, commercial buildings and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment and sharing of successful best practices.
CMHA has committed to reducing its energy use by 20% over 10 years. Learn more about CMHA’s commitment