Location: 260 N. Midway., Escondido, CA 92027
Year Built: 1977
Energy Upgrade Program: Energy Upgrade CaliforniaTM Multifamily
Owner/Developer: Community HousingWorks
Project Team: So Cal HERS Raters, The John Stewart Company, Sun Country Builders
Total Cost of Energy Efficiency Measures: $1,198,814.94
Program Incentive: $160,000
Percent of Cost Covered by Incentive: 13.35%
Percent Improvement: 22.40%
Originally built in 1977, Manzanita (Formerly Cypress Cove) is a 27-building, 200-apartment affordable housing community in the City of Escondido. Community HousingWorks (CHW) acquired the property in 2014 and made a renovation plan to address the considerable deferred maintenance with a priority on energy and water savings
“Manzanita was a significant retrofit, and we wanted to take the opportunity to upgrade the building envelope and major systems in the most cost effective and energy efficient ways possible. The Energy Upgrade process helped us develop the right scope and commission all the systems to assure that they were installed correctly.”
— Sylvia Martinez, Senior Project Manager
Energy Upgrade Description
Focused on sealing the building envelope, CHW installed new roofs and dual-pane, vinyl windows. In addition, all of the apartments received new HVAC, and approximately 25% of the units received substantial kitchen remodels with high efficiency appliances. In addition to energy efficiency upgrades, CHW installed a solar domestic hot water system to replace dilapidated carports, remodeled the previously closed community center, and improved landscaping and play areas.
Benefits of Multifamily Home Upgrades
The project team reports higher resident comfort and an enhanced appearance of the building from the new roof and windows. Participation in Energy Upgrade’s Multifamily program allowed the Manzanita Apartments to become more energy efficient community lowering overall operating costs for the owner while helping residents realize lower monthly utility costs.
Community HousingWorks acquired funding for this development from the following sources: MUFG Union Bank, US Bancorp Community Development Corporation, City of Escondido, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, and Energy Upgrade California.