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1 Innovation in Affordable Housing Incorporating GREEN in Development 2014 Housing Innovation Marketplace Conference

2 INTRODUCTION A small idea can grow into something that really bears fruit and, if good enough, it can inspire people to change to change the way that they think, the way that they act, the way that they dream, and ultimately provide better solutions for the people that they serve or are going to serve. Robert Ivy, Executive Vice President/CEO of the AIA

3 CHALLENGES SOLUTION Implementing design decisions that address the many needs of affordable housing development, within a challenging financing and political framework. Building a facility that residents respect because it is safe, healthy and well-maintained. Satisfy the interests of investors Reduce the utility cost burden to both HUD and tenants Address the impact of residential housing on fossil fuel consumption Improve the sustainability and longevity of a building by using sustainable, renewable materials that extend the life span of a building DO AT LEAST ONE THING AND DO IT RIGHT

4 GREEN OBJECTIVES GREENING OUR AFFORDABLE HOUSING SECTOR IS A CRITICAL PRIORITY IN OUR MISSION TO TRANSFORM THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT OF NORTH OMAHA. INTEGRATIVE DESIGN PROCESS/TEAM: Utilize Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and EPA s Energy Star Guidelines as Best Practice Standards Green Objectives are 1) Project Specific and 2) are intended to impact the project s entire life cycle A. GREEN OBJECTIVES - TANGIBLE BENEFITS: Integration of materials and methods through design, construction, and operation of the built environment Environmental quality, Economic vitality, and Related social benefits. B. GREEN OBJECTIVES - INTANGIBLE BENEFITS: Create a rich(er) asset at the: individual level, at the street level, and at the neighborhood level.

5 PROGRESS: doing one thing and doing it right Organizational Mindset: Green Development is an investment - in our physical buildings and our residents Reduce Ecological Footprint: 11/11 green buildings (9 single family homes; 2 multi-family structures) ( ) Reduce Cost Burden: Green construction best practices have lowered the cost of heating and electric bills, reducing the shared cost burden for both The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and our tenants who have limited incomes. (Average total tenant utility costs = $60/month) THE MARGARET

6 THE HISTORY OF THE MARGARET GREEN : ARCHITECTURAL: Transit Oriented Site (TOD): situated within a large apartment cluster in North Omaha, on the streetcar line into downtown Omaha Healthy Indoor Living Environment: sunrooms wrap the full height of the building (miasmic theory); location of windows provide for cross-ventilation Environmentally Conscious: north/south building orientation (passive solar); brick masonry that provided insulation from heat and cold Year Built: 1916 Architect: F.A. Henninger Builder: R.C. Strehlow Architectural Style: Late 19 th /Early 20 th Century Jacobethan/Revival Structure: (1) L-shaped building, tri-partite, 3 ½ stories above grade; concrete foundation and stair structures; brick masonry walls Early Configuration: (23) 1- bedroom West East North

7 BUILDING DETERIORATION (Exterior) Impact at the Street and Neighborhood Level

8 BUILDING DETERIORATION (Interior) Impact at the Human Level

9 BUILDING HISTORY (Interior) Impact at the Human Level

10 BUILDING HISTORY (Interior) Impact at the Human Level

11 IDENTIFIED GREEN OUTCOMES Resource Efficient - reduce energy, water, and resource consumption; utilize proper weatherization including insulation, air-sealing weather striping, window efficiency; improve air flow and temperature distribution Mold Free roofing system; drainage around the outside; interior plumbing Clean Air control source of dust and contaminants; smoke-free Safe lighting (LED; solar timers) Well-ventilated bathrooms and kitchens; whole-house ventilation Pest-free cracks and openings Contaminant-free non-voc paints and sealants; remove lead related hazards; radon, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

12 SUBSTANTIAL GREEN REHABILITATION OWNER: Omaha Economic Development Corporation ARCHITECT: Alley Poyner Macchietto Energy Heating & Cooling: 100% Geothermal Water Heating: Solar Domestic Hot Water System Appliance: Energy Star Certified Ventilation: Natural ventilated halls, sunrooms; ventilation system Water Conservation: Appliances; bathroom and kitchen Fixtures Recycling: Traditional and Historic Preservation Indoor Air Quality: no interior carpet; no-voc paints/sealants; smoke-free environment Integrated design team

13 GREEN OUTCOMES The End Results/Benefits Sustainable Reuse Through Preservation (18,212 lbs/sf) 2,640,740 lbs of waste (if completely demolished) Protect natural environment Green House Gas Emissions (from project site) 0% Combined Geothermal and Solar Domestic Hot Water System will reduce the power plant green house gas emission by 328,203 lbs per year of carbon diozide; 1,060 lbs per year sulfur dioxide; 669 lbs per year nitrogen oxide Utility Savings 60% annually to each tenant (approx) (combined systems) Energy savings from solar water heater system 61% savings in domestic hot water energy (v 80% efficient natural gas domestic water heaters) Energy usage 135,509 kbtu annually v 353,217 kbtu annually for conventional gas water system (38% of conventional) Promote healthy living Restored Sunrooms; Ventilation System; Smoke-free Environment

14 Remarkably Green Post-Renovation Impact at the Human Level

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19 Impact at the Street Level

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21 Impact at the Neighborhood Level

22 INCORPORATING GREEN FINAL REMARKS Because of the financial and political arenas, sustainable development is a difficult subject to discuss when it comes to affordable housing. In the end, however, there is no argument - sustainable development is cleaner; has the potential to be more economically and environmentally efficient; and has longterm potential to create a strong physical infrastructure. Over enough time, sustainable development will no longer be an option: It will be the only available option for the physical development of cities. Given the emphasis on addressing the broader issues of climate change and personal health, it is simply a matter of time before sustainable development is the only way forward for the affordable housing sector. As developers, we can embrace the transition by approaching our projects through the sustainable development lens approaching each in an holistic way.

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