Seniors Housing Business

MAY-JUN 2018

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20 Seniors Housing Business n May-June 2018 National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care Put an Industry Icon to work for you − visit or call 888.916.1212 and let us help you sell or purchase a facility. Nick Stahler 714.463.1663 Shep Roylance 805.633.4649 Jim Hazzard 714.463.1677 Michael Mooney 503.303.0355 TURN YOUR PHONE INTO THE SENIOR HOUSING VALUATION HOTLINE. Industry Icons are Standing By. design consulting and verifica- tion that the standards are being applied correctly. In Ohio, Woda Cooper Cos. Inc., which develops affordable senior housing, is among the few com- panies in the nation to apply Pas- sive House standards, a German energy efficiency program. Passive House is concerned with a "super envelope," which means walls, windows and insulation are cho- sen and installed with attention toward insulating the building. Fairwood Commons, opening later this year in Columbus, Ohio, is a 54-unit, age-restricted commu- nity funded by tax credits. It will meet the requirements of the Pas- sive House Institute and will cut energy consumption by 60 to 80 percent compared to other build- ings built to local code. "The Passive House structure is a really interesting way for us to explore and work with architects and design consultants to come up with a solution that's very differ- ent and very cost sensitive in what it returns to the end users," says Joseph McCabe, vice president of development at Woda Cooper, which is a long-term holder of its properties. "Is it necessarily cheaper the day you're building it? By no means. But the end benefit is for the ten- ant and for operations." McCabe says with the super envelope, an average apartment that might have a heating bill of $40 to $50 a month might go down to a range of $16 to $20. Woda Cooper must project a Fixtures lower utility costs $30,000 annually A 309-unit affordable senior apartment building in downtown Los Angeles is now saving $30,000 per year after replacing a few water fixtures throughout the building. Flower Mound, Texas-based Niagara Conser- vation provided the products for the circa 1922 building. The three products, packaged together as a water-saving kit, include a 0.95 gallons-per- flush Single-Flush Stealth Toilet, Earth Massage 1.5 gallons-per-minute showerhead and a 0.5 gallons- per-minute aerator for both the kitchen and bath- room faucets. The old showerheads dispensed 2.5 gallons per minute, the old aerators dispensed 2.2 gallons per minute, and the old toilets used 3.5 gallons of water per flush. An aerator is a small attachment to a faucet that limits water flow. It helps reduce water usage and, in the case of hot water, reduce the heat energy that is used. "Stealth" describes the toilet's technology, which is a re-engineered flush that is more efficient. The toilet that was installed in this project is called The Original – 0.95 GPF Single Flush rear outlet toilet. There was no cost to buy the products because of an available rebate at the time. According to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Niagara water-saving kit installa- tions resulted in a decrease of 35 percent in water use, which equates to saving $30,000 a year. That savings was measured seven months after the instal- lation was completed. "As a property owner or manager, you're always trying to stretch your dollars," says Carl Wehmeyer, executive vice president at Niagara. "You're able to see a significant reduction in a short amount of time. Your savings can sometimes be seen in a matter of months." — Lynn Peisner Water-efficient showerheads can lead to major utility savings for seniors housing communities.

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