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DC Housing Authority is a national leader in energy efficiency activities among housing authorities.  This week, DCHA is celebrating the completion of a $26 million Energy Capital Improvement Program and the start of two new initiatives. 

With the ECI Program, DCHA has leveraged the energy and water savings generated from the replacement, upgrade and modernization of aging equipment and infrastructure to improve more than 5,400 public housing units at 34 DCHA properties.  DCHA has already seen a savings of almost $2.5 million per year from this program, and the savings will continue to grow.

Some of the items included in the improvements to the properties are new boilers, chillers, refrigerators, toilets, faucets, showers, baths and lighting systems.  DCHA is the biggest landlord in the nation’s capital.  Its carbon footprint leaves an indelible impression in the District, and its energy efficiency policy is making a critical difference in the greening of our city.  DCHA currently has three buildings in its portfolio with special green roof features ranging from solar panels to rainwater collection systems and resident seating and recreation areas.

The first new initiative unveiled this week ensures that both savings and sustainability will continue to grow at the agency’s 45 housing communities. DCHA has produced “A Guide to Building Product Standards,” a reference guide for contractors regarding the construction and rehabilitation of its affordable housing units.   

“This is the first time we are standardizing the materials we use throughout our very large portfolio, thereby facilitating speedy and accurate replacements of parts as they are needed, which allows us to reduce capital expenses,” said DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman. “Our commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability is demonstrated in many of the product selections, which are American made, environmentally friendly and ADA-compliant.”

The second new initiative is a partnership with the University of the District of Columbia Cooperative Extension Program to provide recycling education for DCHA resident leaders  The recycling program is being initiated authority-wide, and it will complement numerous other resident-driven environmental activities at public housing properties such as community gardens and composting programs.

The green roof at DCHA’s Regency Apartments in Ward 3 reduces the amount of storm water runoff and also delays the time at which runoff occurs, resulting in decreased stress on sewer systems at peak flow periods.
The green roof at DCHA’s Regency Apartments in Ward 3 reduces the amount of storm water runoff and also delays the time at which runoff occurs, resulting in decreased stress on sewer systems at peak flow periods.
Last modified: 12/29/2014 3:42:46 PM