NYCHA Wins Energy Management Award for Innovation at Castle Hill Houses
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is the recipient of the “Energy
Project of the Year” award for a number of heating and lighting upgrades to
Castle Hill Houses – a complex of 14 residential buildings and more than 2,000
apartments in the Bronx. The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) selected
NYCHA’s energy management project among others in a regional judging that
included several states.
To receive consideration for the prestigious award, the energy management
project has to be in operation for at least six months and proven to bring down
installation costs and operating savings. NYCHA is the only housing
authority to win an AEE award in 2010, thanks to the energy conservation
measures that NYCHA has implemented at the development.
After 50 years of operation, the original heating and lighting systems
required a thorough upgrade. At the same time, the need to be fiscally and
environmentally conscious was a major concern for the Authority. In an effort to
improve residents’ comfort and quality of life, NYCHA installed upgraded climate
controls and lighting systems. Highlights of the project include Wireless Energy
Modules in each apartment that monitor apartment temperatures, voltage, and
demand. The new, efficient lighting in common areas provides added safety for
residents. Most importantly, this project created green construction jobs for
residents who were assisted by NYCHA’s Resident Employment Services program.
The Castle Hill project has fulfilled the vision of PlaNYC, an overall plan
for the sustainability of New York City. The plan’s creator and New York City
Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg personally visited the site to congratulate the
project team on a job well done.