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|the REACH transitional home|
A blog links to a blog! Curious about what happens during the retrofit of a building constructed in the 1920s? Here’s your chance! Energy-efficiency buffs will appreciate our energy expert’s perspective as he spends a week onsite observing our Walmart funded Environmental Sustainability Program (ESP) project in Washington DC. Thank you Mike Moore, P.E. LEED AP, of Newport Partners LLC.
HomeAid Washington DC Commences Energy Retrofit Project for Sasha Bruce Youthwork’s Transitional Home
Project made possible through $600,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation
October 10, 2011
For Immediate Release
WASHINGTON DC – HomeAid Washington DC (HomeAid DC), a nonprofit charitable construction program affiliated with the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association (MNCBIA), began an extensive energy efficiency retrofit project today at the REACH youth home, operated by Sasha Bruce Youthwork (SBY), a District-based nonprofit organization meeting the urgent needs of at-risk youth and their families. The project is one of the first of its kind as part of a new national Environmental Sustainability Program (ESP) recently launched by HomeAid DC’s national affiliate, HomeAid America, and funded by a generous grant from the Walmart Foundation.
This ESP project is made possible through a grant received by HomeAid America from the Walmart Foundation. The purpose of the ESP grant is to enable HomeAid chapters, like HomeAidDC, across the country to retrofit existing facilities serving homeless and at-risk people with energy efficient upgrades, allowing the service providers operating those facilities to increase their service delivery capacity to their clients by reducing their operating costs for energy. Organizations like Sasha Bruce will benefit with lower monthly expenses for energy and water, resulting in increased comfort and efficiencies in their facilities and an overall reduction in their environmental impact.
HomeAid DC is partnering with two local companies, Efficient Home LLC and Newport Partners LLC, both energy efficiency experts and members of the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association (MNCBIA), to complete several green, energy saving upgrades at the home, located in Southeast DC. The total construction value of the project is approximately $60,000. Both companies have already donated and/or committed over $10,000 worth of in-kind services towards the project. Walmart has provided $41,000 in funding. Additionally, more than a half dozen Energy Star appliances are being provided by GE Appliances and Lighting.
In April, an energy audit conducted by Newport Partners revealed numerous areas where the urban townhome’s energy efficiency could be improved. The scope of work, to be completed by Efficient Home, includes installing new energy-efficient HVAC equipment, water heaters, and appliances. Other task items include substantial window replacements, duct and air sealing, attic insulation, energy-efficient lighting and fixtures as well as adding new sensors and controls.
The goal of this retrofit project is to reduce the REACH home’s energy use by at least 40 percent, allowing Sasha Bruce to focus more of their resources on direct client care such as shelter, counseling, educational remediation, life skills development, substance abuse counseling and other positive youth development activities. It is estimated that the retrofit will save Sasha Bruce approximately $5,000 a year in energy costs. The Department of Energy (DoE) is interested in the project and has funded the installation of monitoring equipment to study the future energy use of the home after project completion. Newport Partners will manage this portion of the project.
“We are excited to begin one of HomeAid’s first Environmental Sustainability Projects, and are thankful to Walmart for the opportunity to assist Sasha Bruce through this green initiative,” notes Liza Bowles, Principal of Newport Partners and a board member of HomeAid Washington DC, an affiliated program of the Home Builders Care Foundation. “In today’s economy, it’s important that organizations like Sasha Bruce save as much as possible on operating costs, like utility bills, so that they can concentrate their resources on serving their clients.”
“Our agency has an important calling – it is to improve the lives of runaway, homeless, neglected and at-risk youth in the nation’s capital,” said Deborah Shore, Sasha Bruce Youthwork’s Executive Director. “The ongoing recession has hit homeless families particularly hard,” she said, “and the support of HomeAid Washington DC and the Home Builders Care Foundation couldn’t come at a better time. Budgets are tight, and while we struggle to stay ‘in the black’, creating energy efficiencies at this facility will also help us to stay ‘in the green’ and to give at-risk youth the tools and supplies necessary to succeed. Many thanks to Liza Bowles and all of the energy efficiency experts lending their time to this project. This partnership is a model approach to responsible stewardship of resources and to lifting the entire community.”
About HomeAid Washington DC:
HomeAid DC is a program of the Home Builders Care Foundation (HBCF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable construction program affiliated with the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association. HBCF’s mission is to complete shelter-related construction projects by utilizing the building industry’s specialized skills and collaborating with existing community service and care providers serving the homeless and other at-risk families and individuals. HomeAid DC is also a local chapter of HomeAid America.
About HomeAid America:
HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals. The HomeAid mission is to build and maintain dignified housing where homeless families and individuals can rebuild their lives. Through the generosity of builders, their trades and their suppliers, HomeAid has completed more than 250 housing projects nationwide at a cost of more than $171 million, of which nearly fifty percent has been donated by the building industry. HomeAid currently has 29 additional projects in development. HomeAid’s facilities offer 2,100,000 bed-nights annually through HomeAid’s network of 19 active chapters in 13 states.
About Sasha Bruce Youthwork:
Sasha Bruce Youthwork is a community based nonprofit agency which seeks to improve the lives of homeless, runaway and disconnected youth in the nation’s capital. Each year, over 1,500 youth and 5,000 of their family members receive shelter, transitional living, counseling and a wide range of proven supports. The Sasha Bruce House is the city’s only open-access, youth-specific emergency shelter.
About Newport Partners:
Newport Partners provides a full range of professional consulting, analytical, and technical services to the building industry and beyond. Newport works with its nationwide client base to maximize new and existing building’s energy-use while minimizing the costs. Their services include energy modeling and indoor environmental analysis.
About Efficient Home LLC:
Efficient Home is a one-stop shop provid
ing energy audits and remedial repairs to improve a home’s efficiency, comfort, and safety. Their whole house approach helps their clients save money on utility bills, improves home comfort, and live healthier and greener today. Complete services are delivered throughout the Maryland and Washington, DC area.