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Bay Area Multifamily Partners recognized for Energy Efficiency Leadership

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 15, 2019
TNDC and Mercy Housing logos

On April 15, DOE and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) representatives recognized Better Buildings Challenge partners Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) and Mercy Housing for energy efficiency leadership at TNDC’s Alexander Residence and Mercy Housing’s 205 Jones Street Apartments.

TNDC and Mercy Housing provide affordable housing and services for low-income residents throughout the Bay Area and the U.S., respectively. As Better Buildings Challenge partners, TNDC and Mercy Housing have committed to reduce energy use across their properties by at least 20% in 10 years.

Attendees had to opportunity to see the energy efficiency solutions implemented at both properties, including a solar thermal array, LED lighting, low-flow water fixtures, energy-efficient appliances, and more.

As a result of these and other energy efficiency upgrades, Alexander Residence is on track to achieve 17% annual energy savings and $20,000 annual cost savings from its pre-retrofit benchmark. In 2018, the 205 Jones Street Apartments property achieved 22% annual energy savings and $6,000 annual cost savings from its 2016 baseline.

Read more about TNDC and Mercy Housing’s commitment to energy efficiency in the Alexander Residence and 205 Jones Street Apartments Showcase Projects, and check out pictures from the site visits below. From left to right:

1. Donald Falk, CEO, TNDC, welcoming event attendees.

2. Group photo including Donald Falk, CEO, TNDC; Maria Vargas, Director, DOE Better Buildings Challenge; Joshua Geyer, Office of Environment and Energy, HUD; Dan Adams, Deputy Director, MOHDC; Supervisor Matt Haney, Representing SF District 6; Ruchi Shah, Senior Sustainability Manager, TNDC; Caitlin Rood, National Environmental Sustainability Director, Mercy Housing; John Neal, Director of Technical Services, Association for Energy Affordability; and other event attendees.

3. TNDC's Alexander Residence's rooftop solar panels, which power 40% of the heating in the building.

4. Joshua Geyer, Office of Environment and Energy, HUD, speaks about the importance of energy efficiency and affordable housing.

5. & 6. Mercy Housing has converted its existing gas domestic hot water system to electric heat pump water heaters. This is one of the first times this has been done at an American multifamily property.