Glenark Mills & Glenark Oaks

BACKGROUND

Glenark Mills is an 89 unit affordable housing community, geared to people earning no more than 60% of area median income. There are one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments to accommodate different family sizes, a laundry room, and a community room and kitchen for all residents. To preserve both the affordability and the structure, improvements to the building shell and fenestrations, as well as modernizing the HVAC and lighting were needed.

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Trinity Management is dedicated to preserving energy as well as history. Glenark Mills was recognized as an historic gem in 1989 when it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The original stone section of Glenark Mills was built in 1865, the last year of the Civil War. The brick addition was added in 1885, when Woonsocket and many other cities and towns on the Eastern seaboard purred with machinery and choked with smoke from factories. A 1990 addition, now called Glenark Oaks completed this historic structure.

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SOLUTIONS

Prompting the renovation was Glenark’s unreliable and inefficient equipment. The building also lacked proper insulation. Additionally, Glenark faced capital budget constraints, structural issues and mandated historical & environmental guidelines. The final solution: energy improvements consisted of a new insulated roof, energy efficient vinyl glazed windows, new 95% efficient boilers, energy star rated appliances, lighting upgrades throughout and an energy efficient configuration of all controls and sequences pertaining to HVAC.

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Glenark is part of the Cranston Buyer Power and enjoys the benefits of bulk purchasing power. Trinity Management has also partnered with WegoWise, Using their web application to manage, track and benchmark utility usage and costs in order to identify and provide solutions in for future energy consumption reduction measures.

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OTHER BENEFITS

The energy efficient equipment and improvements to the building envelope has improved thermal comfort and air quality for residents, visitors and staff.

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Annual Energy Use

(Source EUI)
Baseline (2013)
137,000 kBtu/sq.ft.
Expected (2014)
115,000 kBtu/sq.ft.
Actual
Coming soon

Energy Savings:

16%

Annual Energy Cost

Baseline (2013)
$120,000
Expected (2014)
$103,000
Actual
Coming soon

Cost Savings:

$17,000

Sector Type

Multifamily

Location

Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Project Size

110,000 Square Feet

Northern view of Historic Glenark Mills and the Blackstone River
Northern view of Historic Glenark Mills and the Blackstone River