by Edward Foskey
Chestnut Village is located in Lakeland, Georgia. This project is a complete renovation of all units and includes the addition of an expanded community center and manager’s office. The developer for the project is McLain & Brown of Valdosta, Georgia.
Work began on the project in December 2012, and was completed in December 2013. This project experienced a number of challenges including remediation for water and termite damage in many of the buildings.
Both one and two bedroom units experienced significant floor plan changes. This provided opportunity to add additional closet space and overall living space. For the one bedroom units, the bath was moved from access only through the bedroom to a central location easily accessible to guests as well as residents.
When this project was initially inspected, tests and inspections indicated inadequate insulation in both the walls and the attic areas. Most heat pump systems were limping along at best. Many apartments were well worn. After the renovation, the apartments were well insulated and had functioning, efficient windows. They also had new appliances including ENERGY STAR® refrigerators and dishwashers. High efficiency heat pumps were also installed. Final test results indicated that, on average, tenants should see at least a 30% improvement in their utility costs.
Chestnut Village scored 202 points in the EarthCraft Multifamily Renovation Program. As is typical with a complete renovation project like this one, the primary emphasis was placed on the "Energy Efficient Building" category (scoring the maximum of 90 points) Also, a strong emphasis was also placed on indoor air quality and indoor water conservation.
Chestnut Village is a 60 unit general family affordable housing community that was originally constructed in the early 1990's. This is the first significant improvement to the project since the apartments were originally constructed.
The photos below show the project the project before, during, and after.
Please note that Synergy Home Advantage’s only role in any project is to provide Energy Efficiency Related advisory and testing services. Synergy has no other involvement with this property.
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