After housing, energy costs in utility bills are often farmworkers’ biggest expense. A new 62-unit multi-family housing project in the City of Woodland has succeeded in cutting its residents’ bills – while also achieving the first multi-family Zero Energy Ready Home certification from the U.S. Department of Energy. Click here to learn more about the project, which uses LED lighting, high-efficiency exhaust fans and appliances, efficient ductwork and insulation, and light-colored roofing, as well as inverter-driven air-to-water heat pumps and 209 kilowatts (kW) of solar photovoltaics (PV), from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). More coverage on the project in the Sacramento Bee is available here.
The site has also been recognized by the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes version 3.0 program, Build it Green’s GreenPoint Rated program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Indoor airPLUS program, and Enterprise Green Communities.