Chattanooga Housing Authority

 

Background

Chattanooga Housing Authority initiated two LEED for Homes projects to replace existing dilapidated multi-family housing. Their first project received 50% of its funding as an incentive grant to pursue Platinum certification. The second project was developed by a for-profit affordable housing developer/operator with no incentive funding. Wilmot, Inc.’s competitively priced proposal was chosen to facilitate achievement of basic LEED certification of this second project, Maple Hills Apartments.

Results

Wilmot led an integrated project team through a design charrette, which showed that LEED Silver certification was within easy reach. Wilmot was later asked to identify measures and facilitate the team to reach Gold certification, all of which was achieved with less funding than budgeted. Wilmot’s most critical contribution was the discovery of critical design flaws that would have caused premature equipment failure, wasted energy, and negative impacts on resident health. Correction of the error not only prevented ongoing equipment performance issues and complaints, it also saved the project 80% of Wilmot’s fee in the form of reduced construction costs, not counting millions of kilowatts and equipment repairs saved over the life of the buildings.