The Franklin's 2010 renovation has transformed a run-of-the-mill 50s-era building
into an energy-efficient example of best practices in sustainability.
Funded in part through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the building's renovation
included the construction of a new HVAC system that features two new boilers, a new water
cooler, and new heating and cooling consoles in each unit. Another HVAC system-this one
uses geothermal energy-heats and cools the common spaces, the offices, and the lobby.
The renovation also included new windows, a redesigned community room, a new laundry room, and a new mailroom.
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Sustainable features at the Franklin include:
Solar Electric System
- High-efficiency building systems, including gas hot water heaters + boiler.
- HVAC system does not use ozone-depleting coolants such as freon.
- Lobby, common spaces, and office spaces use geothermal energy to heat and cool.
By pumping water through a series of wells that extend more than 500 feet beneath
the building, our
system brings the relatively constant temperature of the earth (55-70°F) to the Franklin's common spaces
- In 2012 a 51.2kW Solar Electric System was installed on the roof.
- The yearly impact of generating this clean energy is the environmental equivalent of growing 1,215 trees for 10 years, or not driving a car 109,000 miles.
- Because this building has been renovated, the energy used to obtain construction
materials and build the original structure is conserved.
This concept is called embodied energy.
- Paint, sealants, caulks, adhesives, etc were all chosen for their minimal off-gassing of
volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
- Earth-friendly cleaning products used in all common areas.
- Energy-efficient building lighting, including compact-fluorescent light bulbs used throughout common spaces.
- Energy-Star air-conditioning, kitchen and laundry room appliances.
- Every unit comes with
Niagara flapperless toilets
that conserve water while still offering a powerful flush.
- Water-conserving plumbing fixtures used throughout building.
- Building-wide recycling, including special programs for fluorescent bulbs and batteries.
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- Eco-friendly business practices by management staff.
- Use of Integrated Pest Management system that minimizes use of pesticides when controlling pests.
- Green cleaning products used to clean all common areas.
- Receptive and flexible management--always looking for ways to improve!
Contact us at [email protected] or 301-270-5525