The New Year is off to a strong start with Better Buildings Multifamily partner Corcoran Management being recognized as a leader in energy efficiency by DOE and HUD. In January, Corcoran Management Founder John Corcoran hosted a tour of Canterbury Towers, an apartment community in Worcester, Massachusetts, along with Director of Maintenance Operations Gary Saltmarsh. City Councilor Khrystian King was present and praised the work Corcoran Management accomplished.
Among the improvements that Corcoran Management achieved at Canterbury Towers are:
- Upgrading exterior and interior lighting systems to LEDs
- Replacing hydrotherm low-efficiency boilers with condensing high efficiency boilers
- Replacing all windows
- Installing low flow fixtures and aerators on bathroom showerheads and faucets
Additionally, Canterbury Towers has used a solar hot water heating system (500 gallon) since 1986. Recent improvements at the 120,000-square foot, 156-unit affordable community have cut whole-building source energy use by nearly 30 percent since 2013, saving Corcoran $50,000 annually on energy costs.
"Local leadership on energy efficiency is really making a difference in people's lives," said DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan. "Better Buildings Challenge Partners like Corcoran Management are helping people save money, protecting the environment and helping create a road map for others to follow."
Saltmarsh noted that a key component of Corcoran Management’s efforts is its mandatory sustainability training program for operations and maintenance staff members. These five-hour sessions are held every six weeks for groups of 10-15 employees. To date, 70 employees have completed sustainability training. Corcoran maintenance staff also regularly engages its residents in efforts to promote energy efficiency.
Better Buildings Multifamily Sector Lead, Julia Hustwit, representing HUD, said, “As a local, family-owned business, Corcoran Management recognizes that efficiency and healthfulness are fundamental to the viability of their business and the success of its mission.” She continued by pledging that “as its federal government partner, we’re here to give them a hand when they need it, and ensure that their lessons and successes are shared widely for the benefit of all.”