Wherever and whenever we can, HCP makes efforts to ensure we are making our buildings’ carbon footprint smaller, using energy efficient systems and equipment.
In an 2013 renovation project, HCP included green initiatives such as
- High Efficiency Heating/Cooling Equipment
- Conversion from oil to natural gas fuel
- Installed two new energy-efficient boilers (Viesmann)
- Installed a cogeneration system (Cogen) which supplies hot water for domestic use all-year-round, for heating during the winter months, with the hot water flow generating electricity. This prolongs the life of the boilers and electricity generated by the Cogen not used by Turtle Creek is put back into the electric grid, sold back to the utility company.
- Installed four roof top units (RTUs) to heat and cool hallways and common areas year round, improving the comfort level and providing adequate fresh air make up changes in the system.
- Water Use Reduction: Low flow toilets (less than 1.6 gpf) in all and common area bathrooms. Kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks and showerheads replaced with low water-usage devices. Plumbing fixtures meet 1992 EPA Act for water usage requirements.
- Exterior walls insulated from the outside with 2-inch rigid insulation throughout the whole periphery of the structure, foundation to roofline. A vapor-barrier was added over the rigid insulation as a component of the tightening of the building envelope.
- Cement board siding or Fiber cement siding used to cover the exterior walls of Turtle Creek in its latest energy-upgrade work completed in 2014.
- All windows were replaced (both in units and throughout all common areas.)
- Also used was Low or No-VOC paints. (VOC = Volatile Organic Compounds). All sealants, adhesives and glues were also low or no-VOC.
- All appliances in all units are Energy-Star rated and all common area light fixtures upgraded to very energy-efficient fixtures. Fixtures are programmable to use low-energy consumption mode when no activity is sensed after 30 minutes.
- During construction more than half of the non-hazardous construction waste and debris was recycled offsite (i.e. aluminum windows and doors, siding, wood products, nails, screws, other fastening metals).
- Recycling containers have been provided for ongoing recycling of cardboard, paper, glass, aluminum and plastic.
Whipple Riverview Place:
Bordering the Ipswich River this 10 unit low income elder project boasts a green roof – 3000 square feet of thriving with vegetation. With at least ten species of flowering plants, the lush roof-top area links man-made and natural environments by providing natural onsite management of stormwater runoff. The soil and plants absorb rainwater while plant roots remove and filter pollutants. The green roof at Whipple Riverview Place helps protect the adjacent Ipswich River from pollution and erosion.
- Green/Efficient Building Materials:
We are working to install a cement board fiber and a durable PVC material at some of our properties. Cement board is a green material that is recycled, does not rot, is biologically inert and lasts up to 30 years or more.
Where we can, installation of triple pane windows, high efficiency heating and cooling, Energy Star appliances, LED lighting and low flow fixtures, as well as increased insulation.
Timers are installed in appropriate common areas to turn off the power when not needed. Compact fluorescents are being switched to efficient lighting to reduce consumption. Light sensors are used to ensure that switches are not left on. With any unit turnover, appliances are upgraded to energy star efficiency.
In Turtle Creek, Installed a cogeneration system (Cogen) which supplies hot water for domestic use all-year-round, for heating during the winter months, with the hot water flow generating electricity. This prolongs the life of the boilers and electricity generated by the Cogen not used by Turtle Creek is put back into the electric grid, sold back to the utility company.
Solar Panel technology is being installed in our current projects to vastly increase energy efficiency.