Towson, MD – WISHROCK celebrates Tabco Towers as its latest Enterprise Green Communities Certified* development. The company recently completed its first comprehensive green redevelopment serving low-income elderly and disabled residents. This 22 story, 200-unit property underwent a complete transformation to preserve affordable, healthy housing and to lower utility costs. WISHROCK partnered with the State of Maryland and BGE on critical building upgrades that directly improved energy efficiency. Through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s CIF Loan, the project leveraged over $750,000 in financing for cost-effective energy and water improvements, including a high-performance HVAC system. In addition, BGE incentives helped cover the costs of LED lighting and an efficient water booster pump.
Green building materials were incorporated throughout the design process to improve indoor air quality and resident comfort. Green resident engagement also played a critical role in the project. Both property managers and residents can influence making the building a healthier place to live. One aspect of this was hands-on training where residents had an opportunity to make their own healthy cleaning supplies.
“This national green building certification reflects our commitment; sustainability is always in focus. Connecting energy efficiency, water conservation, and resident health is a smart investment,” said Trisha Miller, WISHROCK Chief Sustainability Officer. “We’re already seeing direct benefits in terms of energy cost savings too—over $8,000 in just a few months.”
At Tabco Towers and across its portfolio, WISHROCK operates as a triple bottom line company. As a Better Building Partner, the company aims to reduce portfolio-wide energy use by 20 percent and to provide 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.
Trisha Miller, Chief Sustainability Officer
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 nine 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.