Case Study: Poway Villas

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Location: 13001 Bowron Road, Poway CA 92064
Building/Units/Stories: 8/60/2
Year Built: 1974
Energy Upgrade Program: Energy Upgrade CaliforniaTM in San Diego County 
Owner/Developer: Community HousingWorks
Project Team: Kevin Rasmussen, SoCal HERS Raters, Mary Jane Jagodzinski, Community HousingWorks, Sun Country Builders

Savings Snapshot
Total Project Cost: $176,228 (includes all building renovation costs, including energy upgrades)
Program Incentive: $48,000
Percent Improvement: 21.6%

Project Description
Poway Villas is a two-story garden apartment community built in 1974, with 60 one, two-, and three-bedroom apartments offering affordability for seniors, singles and families. The property had not experienced any significant renovations since the original construction. Community HousingWorks (CHW), a non-profit organization helping people and communities move up in the world through opportunities to own, rent and achieve, purchased the property in 1996. CHW is committed to sustainability and boasts a successful 30-year history as a developer and owner of affordable rental housing in urban, suburban and rural communities across San Diego County.

“Through the Energy Upgrade CaliforniaTM program, CHW completed a major rehabilitation of Poway Villas, a 35-year old apartment development including upgraded roof insulation, new lighting, EnergyStar® appliances and new HVAC. These upgrades will help to improve the quality and operating performance of the property and comfort of the homes.”

— Mary Jane Jagodzinski
Senior Project Manager, 
Community HousingWorks

Energy Upgrade Description
A wide variety of upgrades were completed to increase the property’s energy efficiency. New cool roofs and roof insulation were added to all buildings. All of the individual apartments were renovated with EnergyStar® refrigerators and high efficiency dishwashers. Eight domestic hot water units were replaced with new high efficiency water heaters, and heating and cooling equipment was replaced with high performance heat pumps for improved comfort and lower energy bills.

Benefits of Multifamily Home Upgrades
Overall building energy use was reduced by an estimated 21.6 percent leading to significant energy cost savings for residents and building owners. Energy efficient hot water units replaced older units, and water saving devices were installed to further reduce hot water usage. In addition to improving the comfort and living environment for the residents, the property owner and management team are proud to have contributed to a growing job sector in a clean energy economy.

Financial Overview
The Poway Villas project was an acquisition/rehabilitation project. Community HousingWorks funded the project with four percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits and bond financing.


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