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Sep 25

Energy Upgrades Help Cut Carbon, Costs in Affordable Housing

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 8:57 AM by Kelly Vaughn

Mechanical system upgrades supported by a new solar thermal system at the Villas North Apartment Complex in Snowmass Village is anticipated to reduce the complex’s annual energy consumption by 7 to 10 percent.

The Snowmass Village Housing Department replaced old cast iron boilers in all four buildings with new 96 percent energy efficient condensing boilers. The solar array mounted on the rooftop of the Village North 200 building will help heat laundry room hot water. Overall, this solar thermal system eliminates the need to add a separate 65,000 BTU water heater.

This upgrade was made possible by a Community Office for Resource Efficiency Community Grant of $8,500. CORE grant dollars funded a similar upgrade one year ago at the Brush Creek Apartment Building 400.

Villas North joins the Rodeo Place development and the Brush Creek apartments in a suite of Snowmass employee housing units that showcase the Town’s commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of their buildings—both old and new construction.
The Villas North Apartments were originally built in 1983 and renovated in 2008/2009. This four-building complex is comprised of a mix of studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom apartments. It is one of six affordable rental apartment complexes managed and maintained by the Snowmass Village Housing Department.

“Our affordable housing program has many benefits to the community. It helps assure an adequate workforce, enhances vibrancy and diversity, and lessens the environmental impacts of commuting,” said Joe Coffey, director of Snowmass housing. “Well-timed system upgrades are helping us bring down our energy costs.”

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