NEW BEDFORD — The New Bedford Housing Authority’s buildings are among the top 25 percent of similar multi-family housing buildings in the nation for their energy efficiency and ability to meet strict requirements set by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
Nine of New Bedford’s elderly and family developments received the ENERGY START designation, a program introduced by the EPA in 1992 as an voluntary effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.
“Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs,” said Steven Beauregard, executive director of the Housing Authority in a press release.“For the past five years, the Housing Authority has made a concerted effort to reduce both our utility consumption and utility rates. The combined efforts will save the Housing Authority millions of dollars in energy savings while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
To earn the ENERGY STAR rating, the New Bedford Housing Authority worked with the Lean Program and Citizens Energy in both their Federal and State developments by receiving $4,644,545.00 in upgrades for air sealing and insulation of building envelopes at all the developments as well as new energy efficient lighting and appliances, the release said.
Multi-family housing buildings that earn the certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical multi-family housing buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch in a statement. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”