Mass. multifamily housing recognized for efficiency, renewable energy leadership

The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Better Buildings Challenge have recognized the Corcoran Management Co. for its renewable and energy-efficient upgrades implemented at Canterbury Towers, one of the company's multifamily housing facilities in Worcester, Mass.

The Canterbury Towers demonstrates how building efficiency upgrades can preserve quality living for elderly and disabled persons, according to the DOE. Most recently at the property, Corcoran Management is preserving the comfort and affordability for its residents with updates to the lighting and HVAC systems, and the replacement of all windows. Altogether, the 100,000-square-foot, 156-unit affordable apartment community has cut energy use by 30 percent and is saving $50,000 annually on energy costs.

"Local leadership on energy efficiency is really making a difference in people's lives," DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan said. "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."

To achieve 20 percent energy savings in 10 years across 1.1 million square feet of multifamily housing properties, Corcoran upgraded exterior and lighting systems to LEDs and changed hydrotherm low-efficiency boilers with condensing high-efficiency boilers. Canterbury Towers also has a 500-gallon solar hot water system that was installed in 1986.

In addition, low flow fixtures and aerators were installed on bathroom and faucets and on showerheads.

Additionally, the Canterbury Towers maintenance staff receives training in sustainability through a comprehensive five-hour training program developed by Corcoran Management. Corcoran maintenance staff also regularly engages residents to increase efficiency. Corcoran asked residents to use social media to suggest "green living" tips and awarded winners prizes, keeping residents fully engaged in energy management best practices.

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