GAINING GROUND: ENERGY EFFICIENT HOUSING IN MARYLAND

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December 15, 2016

Edgewood, MD – Today, WISHROCK celebrates Windsor Valley Apartments as its latest Enterprise Green Communities Certified* development. Windsor Valley is a multifamily affordable housing community in Edgewood, Maryland. This 291-unit community benefited from a complete rehabilitation, which lowered utility costs and preserved affordable, healthy homes for families. WISHROCK partnered with the State of Maryland and BG&E on high-performance building upgrades that directly improved energy efficiency. Through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Multifamily Energy Efficiency and Housing Affordability-EmPOWER program, the project was able to leverage over $1 million in financing for cost-effective energy improvements, such as high efficiency HVAC equipment, water heaters, lighting, and insulation.

“With rising energy costs, low-income residents face more and more of a financial burden in securing safe, affordable housing. Integrating sustainable elements into affordable housing is one way that WISHROCK is able to help stabilize and reinvigorate communities across the country,” said Bryan Shumway, Director of Development.

At Windsor Valley and across its portfolio, WISHROCK is fulfilling its commitment to increasing energy and water efficiency and cost savings, as well as providing low-income communities with a healthy and sustainable living environment.

*Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and Certification promotes energy and water efficiency, healthy housing, and resource conservation. In order to receive this national certification, an affordable housing developer must meet a number of criteria involving integrative design, location and neighborhood fabric, site improvements, water and energy conservation, and green building materials.

CONTACT:

Trisha Miller, Sustainability Director

trisha.miller@wishrockgroup.com

202-294-3547

ABOUT WISHROCK:

The principals of WISHROCK have been working together to successfully create and maintain safe and supportive affordable housing communities for the past 10 years. WISHROCK is active in 9 states, where we focus on the acquisition and rehabilitation of existing affordable housing communities, often in difficult settings and challenging markets. We take great pride in preserving the affordability of the communities we purchase and redevelop. Our company is committed to improving the quality of the lives of our residents through dedicated empowerment services, and to operating at the forefront of sustainability.