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BH Green Conservation Program
At BH, we don’t just talk about going green. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and creating homes that are both financially and ecologically sustainable. Our industry-renowned Green Conservation Program deploys water and energy saving measures including water efficient fixtures, energy saving appliances, LED lighting, solar screens and irrigation systems and has reduced water costs by 35% and water usage by 37% per apartment community. We strive to practice conservation measures including reducing waste, recycling and using recycled products.
BH is committed to reducing our water and energy usage and have the following initiatives underway:
BH has achieved a return on investment of 34% on all water and energy savings projects. Projects have been completed in 16 states and at 65 properties.
Through BH’s irrigation management program with Banyan Water, 12 properties were able to save 84,803,000 gallons of water in three years, which is the equivalent of 4,240 pools or the average annual water consumption of 968 Americans.
Water conservation programs with Ecosystems are saving an average of $173 per unit per year and 24,049 gallons per unit per year (the equivalent of a large pool).
In the Dallas, TX market, savings are as high as $252 per unit. Silverbrook, a 642-unit apartment complex in Dallas saw a reduction in costs of $365,645 or $438 per unit per year after installing low flow faucets and showerheads. They saved 55,383 gallons per unit (or the equivalent of two large pools). The property achieved a return on investment of 188%.
In the Atlanta, GA market, properties who installed toilets, low flow faucets and showerheads were able to save $254 per unit. Preserve at Terrell Mill, a 752-unit apartment complex in Marietta saw a reduction in costs of $191,687 or $255 per unit per year after installing toilets, low flow faucets and showerheads.
Overall, we have seen a 35% reduction in cost and a 37% reduction in water usage for water conversation projects with Ecosystems. Water savings projects can include installing low flow faucets, shower heads, toilets, dishwashers and washing machines and implementing water efficient sensor-based irrigation systems.
Energy savings projects can include installing LED lighting, energy efficient refrigerators and A/C units, pool covers, solar screens, energy efficient windows and installing insulation and sealing leaks.