Corde Terra Village is a 300 unit multifamily complex located in San Jose. It is a high density mixed use, mixed income development, and is one of the largest of its kind in the state of California. ROEM developed the community in partnership with the City of San Jose, the County of Santa Clara, and the Housing Authority to provide village style living, where residents could connect in a setting of elegantly landscaped gardens, courtyards, and walkways.
ROEM’s commitment to sustainability is strong – as demonstrated by the fact that more than a third of its portfolio is LEED or GreenPoint Rated. One of ROEM’s main philosophies has always been to create sustainable urban housing for low income individuals and families. However, due to its size, energy upgrades at Corde Terra Village had been a challenge to address. Efficiency improvements were logistically and financially challenging for ROEM to tackle on its own. The technical assistance and rebates offered by Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements made upgrading this property an achievable project for ROEM.
The savings estimates provided by the program’s technical consultants , The Association for Energy Affordability (AEA), simplified the cost/benefit analysis and scope selection process. The $750 per unit rebate brought the upgrades within budget. “We were able to choose the measures that would bring back the greatest energy savings, but were still affordable,” explains Erin Caputo, Director of Asset Management at ROEM.
Erin and her team chose to move forward with a comprehensive lighting overhaul, upgrading to LED lighting in common areas, which included hallways, landscaping lighting, and parking lot lighting. The project scope also included the replacement of 50 in-unit water heaters and, the installation of 485 low-flow showerheads with thermostatic valves, and 786 low flow kitchen and bathroom aerators.
ROEM utilizes WegoWise, a benchmarking software that automatically imports utility data and assists building owners in pinpointing problem areas within their portfolio. Because it utilizes this software, ROEM has been able to analyze the operating savings they have experienced since completing the efficiency upgrade. In September 2015, the month following the energy upgrade, central electricity usage dropped by 29%.
“The biggest reactions we got from the tenants were from the lighting upgrades,” remembers Erin. Going from amber colored high pressure sodium bulbs to brighter LEDs was a drastic improvement. “Many residents appreciated the brighter lights,” says Erin. Pathways were brighter and more consistently lit, making Corde Terra a friendlier environment for community interaction.
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•ENERGY STAR water heaters in 50 units
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•Improved outdoor lighting distribution