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Our Green Buildings

Our work to stabilize the housing stock has enabled us to extend our resources and staff to focus on the environmental implications of our work.  Our green concerns reach active measures in our portfolio, renovations, innovations in new building projects, and calling for the involvement of our tenants.

In October 2007, we completed Jacob’s Place, a 63-unit green affordable housing development on Webster Avenue. Jacob's Place is named in honor of the late Astin Jacobo, a native of the Dominican Republic and longtime neighborhood leader of the Crotona section of the Bronx. Jacob, as he was affectionately known, led the battle in Crotona and the Northwest Bronx for affordable housing, youth recreation and community preservation.

This project is one of the most sustainable multi-family developments built to date in New York City and includes:

  • a solar electric system of photovoltaic solar panels to reduce costs for lighting the public areas
  • a 5,000 sq. ft. green space
  • a rainwater harvesting system
  • a green roof
  • argon windows
  • Energy Star Appliances
  • florescent lighting

It features family-sized units for people with low and moderate incomes. In addition, it includes six classrooms for early education on the ground level used by the Bronx Community Charter School.

To defray some of the costs installing these new systems, Fordham Bedford is taking advantage of a number of programs.  We have used Enterprise Green Communities, NYSERDA and NYS Low-Income Weatherization, and others to help finance these measures.

Additional active measures in our overall portfolio include:

  • The installation of computerized heat controls in all of our buildings, allowing us to closely monitor fuel use and repair needs to make adjustments and respond quickly.
  • The cleaning of all boiler and burners in the off season and inspecting for repairs to ensure that the heating plant runs efficiently.
  • Planning for boiler and burner replacements based on inspections to reduce insurance costs.
  • The consideration of purchasing cooking and heating gas through an ESCO.
  • The installation of energy efficient lighting in public areas, as well as providing screw-in florescent bulbs for apartments.
  • The installation of flow restrictors on showers and faucets to reduce water use.
  • Insulating boilers, hot water heaters, roofs and piping as needed.
  • Installing only Energy Star appliances