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					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

                                                                                                                                     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

                                                                                                                                     National Green Building Conference
                                                                                                                                      May 16-18, 2010 | Raleigh, NC

                                                                                                                                     Five Day Intensive EPC Course
                                                                                                                                      June 14-18, 2010 | Chicago, IL
                                                                                                                                     Call 312-554-0900 to register or contact
                                                                                                                                     Eugene Goldfarb, at  egoldf1@uic.edu
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 commentontheplan@thecha.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
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
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

                                                             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

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