The Housing Partnership Equity Trust and our nonprofit partners are committed to enhancing the health and well-being of our residents, as well as being good stewards of the environment by reducing our carbon footprint. Specific initiatives will be property-specific and include:
Using Energy Star appliances and fluorescent lighting on replacements exclusively. Sub metering, where owner pays cost of electricity for resident usage.
Retrofitting apartments with low-flow faucets and shower heads. Using water efficient irrigation as replaced. Replacing laundry room washers with low-flow equipment. Sub metering of water, where owner pays the cost of water for resident usage.
Implementing recycling programs in each location. Recycling construction waste, where renovation work proceeds. Using recycled content in new concrete and other areas, where appropriate. Providing a green lease rider, establishing resident commitment to comply with recycling and other sustainable site initiatives.
Using only low VOC paints, sealants and cleaning products in operations, along with carpets that meet CRI Green Label standards and kitchen cabinets that meet low formaldehyde emissions standards. Installing fire extinguishers (wood frame buildings) and CO detectors in every apartment. Assuring appropriate playgrounds on properties with children.
Implementing energy tracking and reporting software, including Energy benchmarking report cards. Downloading to Energy Star Portfolio Manager. Calculating site and portfolio carbon footprint. Providing residents with website information on sustainable practices in the home. Issuing an annual sustainability report.
Implementing a smoke-free initiative at properties, as appropriate.