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We Are WattSmart And Getting Smarter

Did you know that Danville Development joined HUD’s Better Buildings Challenge in 2017 and made a commitment to reduce the energy consumption across our portfolio of managed properties by 20%?

It has been exciting to track our progress and after much retrofitting and hard work, we are now seeing outstanding results. By making upgrades to lighting, water fixtures, and attic insulation. we’ve been able to improve our average Energy Star score by 18%.

Last month at the Utah Housing Coalition conference in Park City, Danville Development was awarded the “Rocky Mountain Wattsmart Multifamily Partner of the Year” by International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology (ICAST).

It turns out, what is good for Mother Earth is good for business and good for our tenants.

Case Study: Union Gardens, Ogden, Utah

Union Gardens is a low-income residential center for seniors 62 and older. Built in 1982, the building needed upgrades to improve energy efficiency due to issues like inefficient incandescent lighting, heat loss, and poor insulating windows. due to issues like inefficient incandescent lighting, heat loss, and poor insulating windows.

After completing an inventory of the property, we identified needed improvements and moved forward with implementation. Target areas included upgrades to lighting, water fixtures, and attic insulation. Key elements of the retrofit that reduced energy and water consumption included:

• LED lighting in common areas (including sensor switches in bathrooms), parking lots, and outdoor landscaping
• Emergency LED lighting
• High-efficiency elevator components
• Sensor switches in laundry and garbage chute areas
• 3 gas water heaters
• Attic insulation
• High-efficiency windows/sliding glass doors throughout the building
• New energy-efficient washers/dryers
• LED lighting in apartment units
• Energy-efficient ceiling fans in unit living rooms
• 10-year smoke detectors in units

The results at Union Gardens have been extraordinary. Here’s a graph that quickly captures our energy and cost savings.