Case Study: Los Robles Apartments

Los_Robles_header_2Property Profile
Location: 1475 Oak Drive, Vista, CA 92084
Building/Units/Stories: 10/76/2
Year Built: 1978
Energy Upgrade Program: Energy Upgrade CaliforniaTM Multifamily 
Owner/Developer: Community HousingWorks
Project Team: So Cal HERS Raters, Joseph Simon Associates, Inc., Sun Country Builders

Savings Snapshot
Total Cost of Energy Efficiency Measures: $691,376
Program Incentive: $34,700
Percent of Cost Covered by Incentive: 5.02%
Percent Improvement: 16.55%

Project Description
Los Robles Apartments, a 76-unit community in Vista, was acquired by Community HousingWorks in 2013 with a goal to preserve these homes as affordable to lower income, working families, seniors and people with disabilities. The property was 40 years old and in need of substantial renovation.

“We had already planned a substantial rehab for Los Robles Apartments. The energy audit indicated cost effective ways to lower our energy use.  Although challenged by the combustion testing requirements, participation in the Energy Upgrade California Multifamily program was a ‘win-win’ for quality and utility savings.”

— Sylvia Martinez, Senior Project Manager

Energy Upgrade Description
As part of a larger full-scale renovation, CHW upgraded the individual apartment homes with Energy Star® appliances and installed low-e vinyl windows and new “cool” roofs to the buildings.

Benefits of Multifamily Home Upgrades
CHW reports substantial reductions in gas, electric and water usage as a result of the energy efficiency upgrades. Having renovations occur while living on site is always challenging, but for residents, the short-term pain was well worth the long-term gain as they now enjoy improved comfort levels in their homes.

Financial Overview
Los Robles Apartments were originally financed with HUD FHA 236 loan and a LIHPHRA grant. CHW secured new financing for Los Robles that included Low Income Housing Tax Credits and tax-exempt bonds, purchased by Union Bank and the California Community Reinvestment Corporation.


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