January 2010 www.hud.gov/offices/pih/programs/ph/phecc/newsletter/newsletter.cfm Volume 8, Issue 1 At 10th Year, Chicago’s Plan is UPCOMING EVENTS Ambitious, Green NAHRO Energy Performance Contracting Seminar February 8-9, 2010 | Los Angeles, CA www.tinyurl.com/luqmso Better Buildings: Better Business March 3-5, 2010 | Wisconsin Dells, WI www.tinyurl.com/cxuprm 2010 Energy Efficiency Global Forum May 10-12, 2010 | Washington, DC www.eeglobalforum.org National Green Building Conference May 16-18, 2010 | Raleigh, NC www.tinyurl.com/ngc10 Five Day Intensive EPC Course June 14-18, 2010 | Chicago, IL Call 312-554-0900 to register or contact Eugene Goldfarb, at email@example.com CHA’s Parkside of Old town replaced the now-demolished Cabrini buildings. The new development won an EPA Smart Growth Award this month for successfully integrating the best practices in housing, transportation, and environmental design. Image source: Chicago Housing Authority In accordance with its Plan for Transforma- ects. Some of its Westhaven Park Homes even in Energy and Environmental Design for tion, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) is achieved an Energy Star rating. Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) certi- on path to renovate or rebuild its entire hous- fied community. ing stock of 25,000 units, including 7,697 units The Authority also participated in the City in mixed-income developments, 9,434 units in of Chicago’s Clean and Green Initiative, en- LEED-ND, developed by the U.S. Green senior facilities, 2,543 units in scattered sites, couraging its residents to take an active role Building Council (USGBC), the Congress for and 5,000 units in public housing. The plan, in maintaining their outdoor property and New Urbanism, and the Natural Resources which was initiated a decade ago, is an ambi- shared spaces. Rounding out its efforts, the Defense Council, “integrates the principles of tious one -- not only due to its scale, but due CHA conducts regular informational work- smart growth, urbanism and green building to its increasing incorporation of voluntary shops on energy conservation for landlords into the first national system for neighbor- efforts aimed at achieving high standards of and property owners. hood design. LEED certification provides occupant wellness, energy efficiency, and en- independent, third-party verification that a vironmental sustainability. The pioneering work of the CHA was recog- development’s location and design meet ac- nized when its Park Boulevard property re- cepted high levels of environmentally respon- Over the course of the plan, CHA has engaged ceived the 2007 Community Vision Award for sible, sustainable development.” in innovative partnerships with organizations demonstrating excellence in five key areas: (1) in its community to expand its capacity to location; (2) density, design, and diversity of Keep up with the CHA as it ramps up its efforts achieve these standards. In 2004, the housing uses; (3) transportations/mobility and accessi- to achieve high standards of occupant well- authority teamed up with the Illinois Insti- bility; (4) environment; and (5) community as- ness, energy efficiency, and environmental tute of Technology (IIT) to create an advisory sets. This fall, the Authority was also one of a sustainability by checking out their website committee and pilot project for implementing select group of housing authorities to receive regularly. Click here to view current and the use of “green” technologies in its housing. funding to improve the energy efficiency of past Annual Plans and Reports. For questions Some of the technologies tested include tem- its public housing units under a competitive about the Plan for Transformation, please perature sensors, combined smoke and car- grant provided by the American Recovery and contact firstname.lastname@example.org. bon monoxide detectors, and high-efficiency Reinvestment Act of 2009. hot water heaters. Information for this article was obtained from Still, the CHA has even bigger plans. In 2010, the CHA website and publications and from In 2009, CHA found extra incentive to invest the Authority will begin a community plan- HUD. in high-efficiency roofs and heating and hot ning process for the redevelopment of its water systems through the City of Chicago’s Lathrop Homes property. This planning ini- Green Permit Program, which streamlines tiative will outline energy conservation mea- the permit process for green building proj- sures and strategies to develop a Leadership HUD Notice on Greening Public Housing On October 16, 2009, HUD released a notice, USGBC. For additional information regard- • For comprehensive information on green PIH-2009-43 (HA), encouraging the use of re- ing this notice, contact Leroy Ferguson at building and renovation practices, re- newable energy and green construction prac- Leroy.L.Ferguson@hud.gov. fer to the USGBC’s LEED for Homes tices in public housing. Through the notice, program or the National Association HUD “strongly encourages Public Housing of Home Builders’ (NAHB’s) Green Home Agencies (PHAs) to use solar, wind, geother- A Few Resources Building Program. mal/ground coupled with heat pumps and for Greening New & other renewable energy sources, and other • Information on greening affordable ‘green’ construction and rehabilitation tech- Existing Homes housing, specifically, can be obtained niques whenever they procure for mainte- from the USGBC’s Affordable Housing Following is a selection of programs offering nance, construction, or modernization.” Initiative, the Enterprise Green Commu- information on sustainable construction and nities Criteria, or Global Green USA’s rehabilitation: It explains that “properly incorporating Blueprint for Greening Affordable Hous- green building techniques supports the goals ing. • The ENERGY STAR website contains of the President’s National Energy Policy by a host of information on home energy ef- reducing the burden of public housing ener- ficiency. Check out their New Homes gy costs while increasing comfort and reduc- or Home Improvement sections for in- ing health risks to public housing residents, formation for owners, occupants, and and [minimizing] life-cycle costs.” developers on why and how to meet high energy-efficiency standards. Check out Green building incorporates low impact de- the Energy Star in Affordable Housing velopment, energy efficient system integra- site for information specific to PHAs and tion, recycling and waste management, water the Energy Star @ Home tool for simple conservation and efficiency, and good indoor energy-conservation tips for occupants. air quality throughout the entire lifetime of a building, including its planning, design, con- • The U.S. Environmental Protection struction, renovation, and demolition. The Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense® labeling advantages of green building include, but program can direct you to products and are not limited to: lower utility bills, better providers that meet high water-efficiency indoor environmental quality, higher resale standards. values, preservation of natural resources, less reliance on fossil fuels and reduced green- • For information on how to achieve and house gas emissions, and durability of build- maintain good indoor air quality, try the ing materials and structures. American Lung Association’s Health House® website. PHAs can begin by reading the entire no- tice here and by becoming familiar • StopPests.org provides references, tools, with the PIH Environmental Conserva- and training to keep homes healthy and tion Clearinghouse, Energy Star, and the pest-free. Just For Kids The EPA is engaging kids to reduce, reuse and recycle with a program call Planet Protector. As a Planet Protector, kids learn to improve their surroundings through activities and games that can be downloaded by adults from the EPA’s web- site at: www.tinyurl.com/planetprotect We want to hear from you! Please send us nominations for Contact us at email@example.com projects to be highlighted in EcoWise. To unsubscribe from this mailing list, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with “unsubscribe phecc” in the body of the message. Comments? Questions? E-mail the newsletter editor or call 1.800.955.2232. This monthly e-mail update is brought to you by HUD’s Public Housing Environmental and Conservation Clearinghouse (PHECC) featuring news and resources to help agencies manage energy and water costs, while reducing environmental impacts. Any training, conferences, products, study results or services contained in EcoWise are provided for informational purposes only and are not representative of an endorsement or sponsorship by HUD.