Community HousingWorks' Cypress Cove Lowers Energy Usage by 22.40%
Originally built in 1977, Cypress Cove is a 27-building, 200-apartment affordable housing community in the City of Escondido. Community HousingWorks (CHW) acquired the property in 2014 and made a renovation plan to address the considerable deferred maintenance with a priority on energy and water savings.
Energy Upgrade Description
Focused on sealing the building envelope, CHW installed new roofs and dual-pane, vinyl windows. In addition, all of the apartments received new HVAC, and approximately 25% of the units received substantial kitchen remodels with high efficiency appliances. In addition to energy efficiency upgrades, CHW installed a solar domestic hot water system to replace dilapidated carports, remodeled the previously closed community center, and improved landscaping and play areas.
Benefits of Energy Upgrades
After sealing the building envelope, the project team reports improved resident comfort and air quality. In addition, the appearance of the building was enhanced by the new roof and windows. Participation in Energy Upgrade’s Multifamily program allowed the Cypress Cove Apartments to become more energy efficient community lowering overall operating costs for the owner while helping residents realize lower monthly utility costs.
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