At POAH we recognize that managing the environmental footprint of our properties is a critical piece of our preservation mission. POAH has committed to both The Big Reach and Better Buildings Challenge, national programs with a target of reducing portfolio wide energy and water consumption by 20% by 2020. Our green initiatives weave throughout POAH activities and impact development, operations, and property management practices.
POAH’s data-driven approach requires the continuous monitoring of utility consumption across our portfolio, which informs where conservation investments can be most effective. Diverse funding sources—utility incentives, state and federal grant programs, and low-interest loan opportunities—have helped POAH replace outdated systems and incorporate renewable energy generation across our portfolio. We have built high standards for energy and water efficiency into our design and construction guidelines, working with architects, builders, and consultants to meet these goals. Our portfolio includes Energy Star and LEED Platinum Certified buildings. We work closely with property management staff to maintain each building’s green upgrades and monitor the effectiveness of our conservation initiatives.
POAH’s current energy initiatives include successful investments in solar power generation, building envelope improvements, water fixture and lighting retrofits, equipment upgrades and comprehensive green retrofits that include all of these components. POAH has implemented energy and water conservation projects throughout its portfolio. These projects, collectively, save two million kWh of electricity, eighty thousand therms of natural gas, and fifty six million gallons of water each year.