August 11, 2015

US Dept of Energy Showcase Project: Spotlight on The Warwick SRO

We want to pass along some exciting news. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings initiative has recognized The Warwick SRO, a permanent supportive housing development in Newport News, as a Showcase Project for its reduction in energy consumption and focus on improved indoor air quality.

Originally constructed in 1883, the Warwick Hotel was the center of Victorian-era downtown activity in Newport News before a fire destroyed the original structure in 1960. An addition built in 1928 survived the blaze and, in 1995, Community Housing Partners transformed the remaining structure into permanent supportive housing units for formerly homeless individuals.

Financed in part by Low-Income Housing Tax Credits awarded by VHDA, the 2013 rehabilitation of the Warwick SRO included a new roof, updated plumbing, new windows, HVAC upgrades and other energy-efficiency improvements resulting in EarthCraft Virginia certification and a 50 percent increase in energy efficiency.

About Better Buildings

Better Buildings aims to make commercial, public, industrial and residential buildings 20 percent more energy efficient over the next decade. This means saving hundreds of billions of dollars on energy bills, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating thousands of jobs.

You can find resources such as implementation models, presentations on successful strategies, showcase projects and energy data on the Better Buildings website. Through Better Buildings, DOE partners with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation’s homes, commercial buildings and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment and sharing successful best practices.
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