Atlanta Housing Authority taps Johnson Controls to improve public housing efficiency

Energy-efficiency program to improve 13 senior residential care facilities and save nearly $18 million.

February 10, 2012 |

As part of its effort to provide safe and affordable public housing to area seniors, the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) Board of Commissioners has selected Johnson Controls to begin energy-efficiency upgrades to nearly 2,000 units across 13 senior residential care facilities.

This is a component of an energy-savings program to improve the housing authority’s energy usage, reduce operational costs, minimize its environmental impact, and improve the comfort of its residents. The program is expected to save AHA nearly $18 million over the next 20 years, and will be paid for by energy savings so that no upfront costs will be paid by the housing authority.

More than 80 percent of the labor required for the execution of this project will come from local contractors and suppliers, including minority business enterprises. Additionally, employment opportunities for AHA residents will be created during construction, under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 3 program.

The contract calls for several areas of focus: the installation of new heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment to improve heating and overall building efficiencies; weatherization to reduce heat loss while lowering energy costs; and water conservation and bathroom-fixture upgrades, designed to enhance user experience and minimize overall water consumption. In addition, Johnson Controls will provide energy conservation training for staff and residents.

The program is funded through an energy performance contract with Johnson Controls, which will help the housing authority significantly reduce their utility costs and carbon footprint without increasing operating budgets. The cost savings generated will repay the project capital investment over the term of the contract. BD+C

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