Jun 11, 2015

HUD Secretary Julian Castro Tours Energy Retrofits at Denver Housing Authority Properties


DENVER — The Energy Department and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recognized Denver Housing Authority and the cities of Denver and Arvada on Monday for their leadership in the Better Buildings Challenge, an initiative to reduce energy use by 20 percent.

As a part of the ceremony, participants toured the extensive energy efficiency retrofits at North Lincoln Homes, whose retrofits were made possible under the Better Buildings Challenge Initiative, which was launched in 2011 by DOE.

"Participation in the Better Buildings Challenge was a natural fit for the Denver Housing Authority,” said Ismael Guerrero, DHA Executive Director.  “At DHA we have prioritized energy efficiency and sustainability in all areas of our affordable  housing portfolio, and we are excited to demonstrate the positive impact of green investments in multifamily residential buildings and learn from others around the country."

The North Lincoln retrofits were a part of DHA’s overall Energy Upgrades program, which provided energy and budgetary solutions for heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting, temperature controls, window/ attic insulation, water fixtures and landscape and irrigation systems on more than 3,000 units of affordable housing in more than 700 buildings at 12 different sites across the DHA system.

Pinkard Construction Company was the construction manager/general contractor for the Energy Upgrades contract, which began in October 2012, and involved both single-family and multi-family buildings dispersed throughout Denver. Modifications varied from building to building, and in some cases included structures originally built by Pinkard over 40 years ago. 

The 2012 Energy Upgrades program at the time was the largest housing authority-managed energy upgrades program in the United States.

DHA and Pinkard Construction are currently working in preconstruction on a second energy upgrades effort, the Energy and Water Conservation Upgrades project. Current scope of work includes upgrading to programmable thermostats; new roof top mechanical units, furnaces, air-conditioners, and boilers; stovetop and irrigation systems retrofits; and installation of solar photovoltaic panels.

The DHA upgrades, along with those of the City and County of Denver and the City of Arvada are cutting energy waste across 10 million square feet of commercial buildings, municipal facilities, and multifamily affordable housing facilities.

"Better Buildings Challenge partners in Denver and Arvada are demonstrating that reducing a building's energy waste and greenhouse gas emissions helps to save money by saving energy while also protecting the environment," said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. "The strategies and practices utilized by these partners can be replicated across the U.S. to cut energy waste and create more sustainable communities."

As a cornerstone of the President's Climate Action Plan, the Better Buildings Challenge is aimed at achieving the goal of doubling American energy productivity by 2030 while motivating corporate and public-sector leaders across the country to save energy through commitments and investments.

More than 250 organizations are partnering with the Energy Department to achieve 20 percent portfolio-wide energy savings and share successful strategies that maximize efficiency over the next decade. Across the country, partners have shared energy data for more than 32,000 properties and are reporting energy savings of20 percent or more at 4,500 properties, and 10 percent or more at 12,000  properties.

Learn more about Better Buildings Challenge partner results, showcase projects and innovative solutions being shared with others in the 2015 Progress Report at http://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/

About U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): HUD 's mission is to create strong, sustainable,  inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and http://espanol.hud.gov. 

About Pinkard Construction: With 53 years headquartered in the Colorado Front Range, Pinkard Construction Company is a design-build and CM/GC affordable housing leader in Colorado, having constructed more than 40 HUD-financed projects across Colorado. For more information, please contact Jim Mellor at 303.986.4555 or visit our website at www.pinkardcc.com