Winners Honored at 9th Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards

Winners Honored at 9th Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards

On Thursday, April 19th, just three days before Earth Day, regional leaders in the advancement of sustainable design and construction were honored at Viridiant’s Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards. The annual awards recognize the premier developers, builders, government officials, and other industry professionals for their work in advancing the benefits of sustainable building through green building programs including EarthCraft, ENERGY STAR, and LEED for Homes. Winners were announced at a reception held at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture which drew over 150 guests.

Prior to the award presentation and reception, Viridiant hosted a lecture. Speakers from the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech discussed a recent study showing that EarthCraft certification in Virginia’s LIHTC multifamily housing not only lowers energy use, but can also cost less to build.

During the program, attendees also enjoyed speakers:

  • John Warren, Director of Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals, & Energy
  • Craig Toalson, Chief Executive Officer of the Home Builders Association of Virginia
  • Robert Reed, Senior Director of the Southface Energy Institute

Award nominees and winners were honored in a variety of categories to cover new construction, renovation, single family, multifamily, and more. Winners were awarded based on projects completed in 2017. This year’s award winners include:

  • Visionary Award: Bill Shelton, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development

  

  • Single Family Developer: Ryan Homes – Williamsburg, VA

  

  • Single Family Builder: Stony Point Design/Build – Charlottesville, VA

  

  • Single Family New Construction Project: Home on Carriage Hill Lane – J. Hall Homes

  

  • Single Family Renovation Project: Home on Hanover Ave – Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley

  

  • Single Family Debut Award: Old Dominion Innovations – Richmond, VA

  

  • Habitat for Humanity Affiliate: Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity

  

  • Multifamily Developer: SCG Development – Fairfax Corner, VA

  

  • Multifamily New Construction Project: Newport News Seniors – Landbridge Development & RHG, Inc.

  

  • Multifamily Renovation Project: Highland Park Senior Apartments, Richmond, VA – CPDC

  

  • Top Ten High Performance Homes:

Annual Report & October Newsletter

Click here to see the full October Newsletter

Dear Friends & Supporters,

Thanks to your generous support, Viridiant continues to deliver the EarthCraft family of programs to thousands of individuals each year. After a decade of service, over 21,000 families are housed in sustainable, energy-efficient homes proven to save 35% when compared to standard code construction, reducing resources used, saving energy, and ensuring residents have comfortable, healthy housing. We are excited to share our 2016 Annual Report so you can better appreciate the lasting impact that you helped build!

We hope you will consider supporting Viridiant’s mission this October as we celebrate National Energy Awareness Month to spread the word about the importance of sustainably managing energy resources. Any gift helps Viridiant build a more sustainable future for all. Viridiant will continue to administer programs and develop services that will accelerate the shift toward high-performance buildings throughout the industry.

Sincerely,

KC Bleile
Executive Director


2016 annual report

Download Viridiant’s 2016 Annual Report to learn more about our impact over the last year, including highlights on our Habitat for Humanity Virginia partnership, The Little Ten Housing Authorities, 2016 EarthCraft energy savings, and the Single Family Renovation Project of the Year! The annual report was mailed to our supporters in August. Interested in getting a hard copy? Email Viridiant at admin@viridiant.org

 


upcoming events

LECTURE: HEALTHY HOMES, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

Thursday, October 19, 3:00 – 4:30 pm | free
Location: In-person lecture @ Gather, Richmond, VA | Online via webinar

Join us for our October lecture to highlight the greater Richmond community’s work on healthy homes and healthy communities that support socioeconomic and physical health necessary to build strong communities. The lecture will cover recent research on Market Value Analysis by Richmond Memorial Health Foundation to help communities understand real estate market conditions and plan a coordinated and equitable investment strategy, an introduction to the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust (MWCLT) and associated benefits, a case study on Project: HOMES’ first EarthCraft Home of the MWCLT, currently under construction, and the City of Richmond’s efforts to bring the nationally accredited Green and Healthy Homes Initiative program to Richmond.

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Viridiant Awarded Virginia Residential Energy Code Field Study

Staff Post by Sean Evensen-Shanley, Director of Residential Operations

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been conducting field studies in select states around the country to determine the level of compliance with energy codes in the field. DOE affirms,

“The goal of the study is to help document baseline practices, target areas for improvement, and quantify related savings potential. This information is intended to assist states in measuring energy code compliance and to identify areas of focus for future education & training initiatives.”

Recently, Viridiant was awarded funding by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) to conduct the study in Virginia. SEEA is a regional non-profit organization dedicated to leveraging energy efficiency for the benefit of all citizens. SEEA collaborates extensively with five other regional organizations and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to benefit utilities, businesses, consumers, and governments throughout the United States.

This project will look at how well a random sample of single family builders in 29 jurisdictions around the Commonwealth are implementing different energy related measures of the building code. The success of this project will largely rest on the cooperation of builders and building code officials.

Help us spread the word that this study will be underway through the end of 2017, with data collectors visiting over 100 homes that are under construction or recently completed!

About the Contributor

Sean Evensen-Shanley is the Director of Residential Operations at Viridiant, administering the EarthCraft, LEED for Homes, and ENERGY STAR programs, as well as providing quality assurance and training. Sean previously served as the Director of Customer Success at WegoWise, a Boston-based company providing utility benchmarking software. When he’s not at work, you’ll find Sean on a rock wall or pining after old homes in need of love and energy efficiency improvements.

 


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Viridiant Spring 2017 Newsletter

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Spring 2017

by the numbers

TOP Q1 2017 EARTHCRAFT CERTIFIED HOMES BY CERTIFICATION LEVEL & ENERGY EFFICIENCY
  1. Bench Mark Builders – HERS 30, EarthCraft certified
  2. Green Valley Builders – HERS 44, EarthCraft and ENERGY STAR certified
  3. Green Mountain Construction – HERS 47, EarthCraft certified

upcoming events

EARTHCRAFT BUILDING PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
Wednesday, May 17th, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Fairlington Community Center, Arlington, VA

This 7-hour builder training provides a comprehensive overview of best practices for sustainable construction and design as well as explores how the EarthCraft program can help you get started in the green building sector.

For more information and to register, click below.

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BLUEPRINT FOR THE FUTURE DESIGN COMPETITION
Phase I Submissions Due May 26th
Fairlington Community Center, Arlington, VA

The deadline for Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development‘s Blueprint for the Future Design Competition has been extended to May 26! Register at the link below, then submit a short narrative, a site plan, and two sets of scaled drawings. The competition is open to all Virginians, including students, amateurs or professionals, and individuals or teams. The winning design will receive a cash prize and be announced and displayed at the Governor’s Housing Conference![trx_button type=”square” style=”filled” size=”medium” bg_style=”custom” color=”#fff” link=”http://www.vagovernorshousingconference.com/index.php/vaghc-annoucements/blueprint-for-the-future-design-competition” popup=”no”]MORE DETAILS[/trx_button]

LECTURE: EARTHCRAFT HOUSE SITE VISIT

Thursday, June 15th, 3:00 – 4:30 PM followed by our Summer Social
This lecture, held in conjunction with the Home Builders Association of Richmond’s EarthCraft Builders Council, will take place at a Richmond-area EarthCraft home. It will be followed by our yearly Summer Social! More details and registration coming soon.

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sustainable leadership awards

CELEBRATING LEADERS IN ADVANCING SUSTAINABLE HOUSING

Regional leaders in the advancement of sustainable design and construction were recently honored as winners of Viridiant’s Sustainable Leadership Awards. The event, which took place on April 20th, drew over 150 individuals representing home builders, non-profit and for-profit housing providers and developers, program sponsors, homeowners, affordable housing advocates, and those interested in creating green housing opportunities in Virginia. Attendees also enjoyed a housing policy and research panel with Art Bowen of Virginia Hosuing Development Authority, Andrew McCoy of Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech, and Angela Navarro of the Office of Governor McAuliffe, moderated by Bob Adams of HDAdvisors. Pre-awards educational sessions also took place with Michael Hubbard of Dominion Virginia Power, Andrew McCoy of Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech, and Sean Evensen- Shanley of Viridiant.

To learn more about this year’s winners, and help us celebrate their achievements, please click below.

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earth day 5K race without a trace

CELEBRATING SUSTAINABILITY WITH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

On Earth Day 2017, over 100 people came out for the 5th Annual Richmond Earth Day 5K Race Without a Trace, presented by Sigora Solar, showing off the best the city has to offer. Folks ran, walked, and strolled, many with their kids and furry friends, down the newly completed Virginia Capital Trail and saw the beauty of the James River and its downtown surroundings. Participants also learned easy ways to help the environment along the course and finished just half a mile from RVA Earth Day. Local plants and local gift cards were presented to winners in categories like leaders of the pack, best dressed, best dramatic finish and more. Electric vehicles were on hand to shuttle runners to the festival after the race. To learn more or see photos and race results, please click below.

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Did you miss our recent lectures?

FREE BULLETINS SHARED ON LECTURE TOPICS

In April, Viridiant hosted three educational sessions – two in advance of our Sustainable Leadership Awards and one during the awards presentation. We have prepared bulletins to summarize what was discussed during each of these lectures/educational sessions.

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green climate corp fellow pilot program

THE LITTLE TEN OF SOUTHWEST VA ONE OF 12 AWARDED NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP

On February 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded The Little Ten Housing Authorities of Southwest Virginia, Inc. (The Little Ten) one of twelve spots nationwide in the Affordable Housing Utility Benchmarking Fellowship program. Through a competitive grant process, The Little Ten will receive a Climate Corp fellow during Summer 2017 to provide assessment of actual utility consumption for the portfolios of ten housing authorities.

The Little Ten, representing ten authorities in southwestern, rural Virginia, will leverage a Climate Corps fellow to identify a sample of the housing stock throughout the region, train authority representatives, create a benchmarking plan, initiate benchmarking, and with support from non-profit partner, Viridiant, provide options and return on investment (ROI) for utility improvement. This investment would lower residents’ utilities, provide more accurate utility allowances, and help housing authorities to strategically reinvest resources. Viridiant has committed to assist the fellow and housing authorities in interpreting benchmarking results, prioritizing opportunities to reduce utility cost through management, education, and resident operation and energy efficiency improvements and determining anticipated ROI.


lectures: help steer the conversation

We are constantly looking for opportunities to improve our lecture series overall, and as we plan the remainder of the 2017 series, we’re seeking your input on lecture topics. Please provide your thoughts below. You don’t need to have attended a lecture in the past to give us your feedback.

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your support matters

Viridiant, a 501c3 non-profit, prides itself on offering superior quality, affordable programs that can suit the needs of any builder or developer who shows a commitment to high performance home building. With nine full time employees in our Richmond office and technical advisors around the state, we strive to remove any financial barriers to green building by delivering our programs at a fraction of the cost of similar programs.

Residential buildings make up almost 27% of the energy consumption in Virginia. With your support, we can touch more houses, making a significant impact not only on the state’s energy use but also on the lives of the residents who will enjoy comfortable, healthy, and affordable homes.

Please consider making a donation to Viridiant today.

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Winners Honored at 8th Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards

Winners Honored at 8th Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards

Regional leaders in the advancement of sustainable design and construction were recently honored as winners of Viridiant’s Sustainable Leadership Awards. Winners were announced at the organization’s 8th annual awards ceremony on April 20th at the Virginia Historical Society in downtown Richmond. The event drew over 150 individuals representing home builders, non-profit and for-profit housing providers and developers, program sponsors, homeowners, affordable housing advocates, and those interested in creating green housing opportunities in Virginia. During the program, attendees also enjoyed a housing policy and research panel – “Leveraging Partner Success Towards Economic, Environmental, and Structural Sustainability” with Art Bowen of Virginia Hosuing Development Authority, Andrew McCoy of Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech, and Angela Navarro of the Office of Governor McAuliffe, moderated by Bob Adams of HDAdvisors. Pre-awards educational sessions also took place with Michael Hubbard of Dominion Virginia Power, Andrew McCoy of Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech, and Sean Evensen-Shanley of Viridiant.

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Local groups recognized with green-building awards

Local groups recognized with green-building awards

Richmond BizSense

JONATHAN SPIERS APRIL 25, 2017

An environmentally friendly Fan home renovation was among local projects recognized last week at Richmond nonprofit Viridiant’s eighth annual Sustainable Leadership Awards.

The statewide group, which administers the EarthCraft brand of green-building programs, recognized Richmond developer Hollyport Ventures’ “Honor’s Corner” project with two awards at last week’s ceremony. The renovation of the 1909 home at 3200 Floyd Ave. was named single-family renovation project of the year and one of the top 10 high-performance homes of the year.

Hollyport Ventures is led by Richard Cross, who worked on the project with his son, Washington, D.C.-based architect R. Michael Cross. Richard Cross said the three-bedroom, 2½-bathroom home was a “full gut” rehab, with both chimneys and most interior walls removed.

Energy-saving features in the home include a geothermal heating and cooling system, “high performance” insulation and windows, low wattage LED lighting and Energy Star appliances, as well as solar technology and rainwater recycling. The home received the EPA-sponsored Energy Star award in addition to platinum LEED certification  – the highest possible designation from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The renovation of "Honor's Corner" at 3200 Floyd Ave. was named single-family renovation project of the year. (Hollyport Ventures)

The renovation of “Honor’s Corner” at 3200 Floyd Ave. was named single-family renovation project of the year. (Hollyport Ventures)

“Honor’s Corner” – named for Honor Patterson, a longtime resident of the home – also was recognized among the top 10 high-performance homes of the year, a list that included a home at 4713 Louisiana St. in the Villas at Rocketts Landing, a solar home development by Williamsburg-based Health-E-Community Enterprise of Virginia.

Other local winners included Midlothian-based Evergreen Homecrafters, which was named single-family builder of the year. Mike Toalson, who soon is retiring after 20 years as CEO of the Home Builders Association of Virginia, was presented with this year’s Visionary Award.

Local groups nominated for awards included Henrico-based Bain-Waring Builders in the single-family builder of the year category, Midlothian-based Theta Homes in the EarthCraft single-family debut category, and Richmond Metro Habitat for Humanity in the Habitat for Humanity affiliate of the year category.

Richmond-based Virginia Supportive Housing also was nominated in two categories: multifamily renovation project of the year, for its Studios II development in South Richmond, and multifamily new construction project of the year, for its Crescent Square community in Virginia Beach.

Viridiant presents the awards each year to recognize Virginia builders and developers who use sustainable design and construction in their projects. Formerly known as EarthCraft of Virginia, the group marked its 10th anniversary last year with a name change derived from the Latin word for “green.”

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$5M renovation wraps up at William Byrd

 

RichmondBizSense – Jonathan Spiers – March 23, 2017

A nearly century-old building that’s spent the past two decades as senior apartments has been brought into the 21st century with a $5 million upgrade.

City officials and firms involved in the 18-month renovation of the William Byrd building, the 11-story former hotel across West Broad Street from the Science Museum of Virginia, celebrated the project’s completion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the lobby Wednesday morning.

Mayor Levar Stoney cut the ribbon alongside representatives of Richmond-based Project Homes, which purchased and renovated the former William Byrd Hotel in 1996 as low-income senior housing. Project Homes owns the building with Virginia Community Development Corp. through an entity called William Byrd Hotel Associates.

Other firms involved include Richmond-based HD Advisors, architecture firm Community Design Studio and Raleigh-based general contractor Clancy & Theys, which took over the project through a bidding process after original contractor Community Housing Partners bowed out.

Also on hand were representatives with Viridiant, a Richmond-based nonprofit that consulted on the project to achieve EarthCraft certification for eco-friendly construction and other green building techniques, and Chesterfield-based Epoch Properties, which manages the building.

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New Hires and Board Appointments in Richmond BizSense

Check out the mention of Viridiant’s new hires and board appointments in Richmond BizSense’s The Herd.

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A Blueprint for the Future Design Competition

Win a cash prize and statewide exposure!

The Blueprint for the Future features a two-part design competition with the goal to design an affordable, sustainable and accessible home. The completion is open to both students and professionals and features cash prizes and statewide exposure. The winning design is scheduled to be built in Norfolk, VA.

Partners include: Department of Housing and Community Development, The City of Norfolk, Easy Living Virginia, Home Builders Association of Virginia, Viridiant, Virginia Building Code Officials Association and the Virginia Plumbing and Mechanical Inspectors Association.

Download the application and pull your team together!

Phase I submissions due May 1, 2017.

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Viridiant Winter 2017 Newsletter

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Winter 2017
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have you ever wondered why we need you support?

Without your support what would the greater Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland look like? Where would we be without Viridiant?

  • Almost 20,000 families would be paying nearly 140% in housing costs from utilities. Did you know that in Virginia alone, approximately 973,757 or 31.6% of Virginia families are housing cost burdened i.e. paying more than 30% of income for their housing costs (Housing Virginia’s Sourcebook)? By lowering families’ utilities, we lower their housing costs; our work makes a difference.
  • 450 Habitat for Humanity families would not be living in healthy, sustainable, energy-efficient housing.
  • Thousands of industry professionals would not have had access to building science educationand advice on cutting edge building approaches and technologies. Think builders, developers, HVAC professionals – did we mention real estate professionals, appraisers and lenders too?
  • Our industry would not be receptive towards these high-performance advancements. Think energy code, benchmarking, conditioned crawl spaces, continuous insulation, whole building dehumidification
  • Non-profit partners would not be able to leverage resources to build high-performance housing that better serves their community.
  • Manufacturers would not be afforded the insight into gaps in the high-performance housing market to determine how to best serve market needs.
  • The region would have an additional 682 million lbs of CO2 in the atmosphere.  Removing this CO2 is equivalent to 32,000 homes’ energy use for one year, 78 wind turbines installed, or 10 million incandescent light bulbs switched to LEDs.

These are just a few of the roles that Viridant plays in advancing high-performance housing in our area. We work tirelessly to promote the science of sustainability: economic sustainability, environmental sustainability and structural sustainability, and there’s still so much to do.

​Now more than ever, we need your support. Help us continue to support our building partners and the industry; make a contribution to this organization. In return, we will continue to deliver these effective programs and work towards goals outlined in our 2017 – 2019 strategic plan.

​Goals include:

  1. Research, Engage & Educate
  2. Fund the Mission
  3. Grow Multifamily Reach
  4. Increase Single Family Impact
  5. Support the Industry
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​​If you have participated in this effort, we thank you. If you believe in this work, I encourage you to invest in our future through the gift of a charitable donation.

All the best,

KC Bleile
KC Bleile
Executive Director
 

by the numbers

TOTAL FAMILIES SERVED TO DATE
  • Single Family: 2,696 single family homes
  • Multifamily: 248 projects housing 17,074 dwelling units
TOP Q4 2016 EARTHCRAFT CERTIFIED HOMES BY CERTIFICATION LEVEL & ENERGY EFFICIENCY
  1. Shelter Alternatives – HERS 2, EarthCraft and ENERGY STAR certified
  2. Bain-Waring – HERS 46, EarthCraft certified
  3. EnviroHomeDesign, LLC – HERS 50, EarthCraft Renovation and LEED for Homes certified

upcoming events

Lecture: Build Better: Innovative Construction Technologies for Healthy, High-Performance Homes

Thursday, February 16th
​3 – 4:30 PM (with special networking reception to follow at Capital Ale House until 6:30 PM)
Speakers:

  • Rob Howard, Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
  • Jim Jenkins, Huber Zip System
  • Nikki Krueger, Ultra-Aire Ventilating Dehumidifier

Two options to participate:

  1. Via live webinar ($10)
  2. In-person at Gather in Richmond, VA ($5)

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8th Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards

Save the Date: Thursday, April 20th
*Registration coming soon

Richmond Earth Day 5K Race Without a Trace
Save the Date: Saturday, April 22nd
*Registration coming soon


Sustainable Leadership Awards

SAVE THE DATE AND NOMINATE

Mark your calendars and be sure to join us at our Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards! Our awards reception and ceremony will be held Thursday, April 20th at the Virginia Historical Society in downtown Richmond. ​Registration is coming soon.

Do you know of a certain builder, company, or project that deserves to be recognized for its successful implementation of the EarthCraft program in 2016? If so, we want to hear about it.

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support this bill: HB 1565

LOCAL TAX AND REGULATORY INCENTIVES; GREEN DEVELOPMENT ZONES

HB 1565 is a by-partisan bill patroned by Del. Webert and co-patroned by Del. Keam that enables municipalities to elect local tax and regulatory incentives for Green Development Zones. EarthCraft certification is a pathway provided to meet that designation. As we’ve seen with The Impact on Energy Efficient Design and Construction on LIHTC in Virginia, the EarthCraft family of programs effectively achieves real energy savings. Green development zones, often refered to as “eco-districts” can leverage economic development dollars to attract sustainable businesses and grow green jobs.

How can you help?
The bill has has passed the House and been referred to the Senate Finance Committee. That committee is co-chaired by Sen. Norment (R), Senate District 3 and Sen. Hanger (R) Senate District 24. Contact members of the Senate Finance Committee and offer your support (even if you don’t reside in their district). The bill will likely be reviewed early next week so make those calls/emails today.

  • Senator Norment (R) – Senate District 3
  • Senator Hanger (R) – Senate District 24
  • Senator Janet D. Howell (D) – Senate District 32
  • Senator Richard L. Saslaw (D) – Senate District 35
  • Senator L. Louise Lucas (D) – Senate District 18
  • Senator Stephen D. Newman (R) – Senate District 23
  • Senator Frank M. Ruff, Jr. (R) – Senate District 15
  • Senator Frank W. Wagner (R) – Senate District 7
  • Senator Ryan T. McDougle (R) – Senate District 4
  • Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel (R) – Senate District 27
  • Senator Charles W. Carrico, Sr. (R) – Senate District 40
  • Senator Mark D. Obenshain (R) – Senate District 26
  • Senator George L. Barker (D) – Senate District 39
  • Senator Siobhan S. Dunnavant (R) – Senate District 12
  • Senator Richard H. Stuart (R) – Senate District 28
  • Senator Rosalyn R. Dance (D) – Senate District 16

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Highland Park Senior Apartments

BALANCING ENERGY EFFICIENCY, HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The new Highland Park Senior Apartments at 1221 E. Brookland Park Blvd. (Jonathan Spiers, Richmond BizSense

Highland Park Public School, a Mediterranean Revival building built in 1909, is a two-story brick and stucco structure on a raised basement topped by hipped roofs clad with terracotta tiles. The unique Mediterranean Revival style stood out against the more common Virginia school styles of the time, Georgian and Gothic.

The building was vacant for two years and suffered from extensive deferred maintenance, including deficiencies in electrical, plumbing and heating, outdated systems, and vandalism. Additionally, the building was not insulated to modern energy efficient standards; the ground floor (basement) had experienced significant mold growth; water had damaged moderate portions of the roof and interior framing.

Community Preservation and Development Corp., acquired the former school out of foreclosure in November 2013 for $600,000. This $11.4 million renovation will result in 77 apartments for low-income seniors. The architect on the project was Grimm + Parker Architects working from their Charlottesville. VA office. Locally-based KBS was the general contractor.

Rehabilitation included performing deferred maintenance, site improvements, water-proofing, replacement of kitchen cabinetry and appliances, bathroom vanities and toilets, flooring and finishes, as well as updating plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems to modern standards, while also providing proper envelope air sealing and insulation. To ensure compatibility with Section 504 for disabled access, several existing units will continue to provide accessible/barrier-free living on the ground and first floor.

Additionally, the existing auditorium (with previous renovations) was rehabilitated to serve as the community room with historic stage, as well as provide communal library/lounge, kitchen, fitness room, salon and restrooms. The project obtained EarthCraft Multifamily (ECMF) Platinum certification ensuring sustainable design and construction.

If you missed our December 2016 lecture where we visited this project or you want to learn more, download our lecture recap bulletin. In the bulletin, we dig deeper into enclosure solutions, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and fixtures and finishes in this historic adaptive reuse building.

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FREE BULLETINS SHARED ON LECTURE TOPICS

In an effort to increase the reach and longevity of our lectures series, Viridiant now develops and shares a bulletin recapping what was discussed at each lecture. Lectures that have been published so far cover: Water in Buildings, Energy Efficient Retrofits, and Resiliency and Sustainable Buildings. We hope you’ll check them out and find them useful.

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