|Sustainable Building Strategies|
FBHC is fully committed to addressing not only the social and economic needs of our neighborhood, but also its environmental needs. As part of our mission to create and preserve safe and affordable homes, we recognize our responsibility to minimize our portfolio’s impact on the environment. With every development plan, we aim to ensure the delivery of efficient and high-performance buildings. The benefits reach both us as a management company as well as our community residents, in regards to both health and budgets.
New Green Construction
Over the course of the last few years, FBHC has implemented a series of advanced green tactics in constructing our new buildings. We consider the overall efficiency of a building in the planning and investment stages of development. We have incorporated many green tactics—from solar power systems to green roofs—in order to conserve energy and water, as well as cut costs for tenants. We are currently monitoring our green systems in an effort to better understand and confirm their environmental and economic benefits.
FBHC seeks to nurture the synergy between better building practices and preservation/conservation initiatives. We hope this development outlook will advance the building industry towards truly sustainable practices in the creation of high-performance and healthy buildings.
Highlight: Jacob’s Place
FBHC is the proud owner of one of the most sustainable multi-family developments built to date in New York City. Completed in October 2007, Jacob’s Place is a 63-unit affordable housing development on Webster Avenue. Jacob's Place is named in honor of Astin Jacobo, a native of the Dominican Republic and longtime neighborhood leader of the Crotona section of the Bronx.
Jacob’s Place features family-sized units for people with low and moderate incomes. Additionally, it includes six classrooms for early education programs on the ground level currently being used by the Bronx Community Charter School.
The development of Jacob’s Place galvanized FBHC’s commitment towards sustainable efforts. The following features help to augment the building’s system performance:
Green Retrofitting and Renovations
FBHC’s commitment to green building involves renovating our existing buildings by replacing facets to make day to day operations more energy efficient and environmentally sensitive. We are currently retrofitting many buildings with sustainable tactics to meet our efficiency objectives. These initiatives reduce energy and water costs for residents and preserve an environmentally sustainable housing stock for years to come.
A cross-section of green initiatives featured in our retrofits and renovations include many, if not all, of the following actions:
In addition, we are confronting the environmental challenges of urban heat island effect and storm water runoff with the construction of green roofs. We have completed three green roofs and are researching new opportunities and funding sources to build more.
Fordham Bedford relies on state and local programs to defray costs of these refurbishments. We have used the funding support of Enterprise Green Communities, NYSERDA and NYS Low-Income Weatherization, and others.
We are currently retrofitting ten of our apartment buildings. More information on these projects can be found in our portfolio.
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