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Boston Inks PLA to Improve Energy Performance of 4,300 Apartments, Save Taxpayers $56M

Only one word can describe the Project Labor Agreement reached between Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, Boston Housing Authority (BHA) Administrator Bill McGonagle, Ameresco President and CEO George Sakellaris, and Boston Building Trades Council President Martin Walsh: “groundbreaking.”

Highlights of the deal include:

- implementing integrated water and energy conservation measures valued in excess of $63 million.

- the project will affect approximately 4,300 apartments in 13 federal developments throughout the City of Boston and is expected to save the taxpayers more than $56 million over a 20-year period.

- replacing water closets, showerheads and faucet aerators, installing energy efficient lighting, converting electric heat to gas, upgrading or replacing old central heating plants, installing co-generation and a rooftop photovoltaic electric system, Energy Star rated fiberglass windows, high reflective “cool” roof membrane and healthy apartment improvements.

- an extensive resident education, training, and employment program will complement and reinforce the program over the life of the project.

- a groundbreaking pre-apprenticeship program - funded in part by a $60,000 contribution from Ameresco and a $35,000 contribution from the Mayor’s Office of Jobs and Community Services - that will be open to BHA public housing and Section 8 residents, YouthBuild eligible participants, and very low-income Boston residents.

- requiring that Ameresco comply with Section 3 regulations, and a federal requirement that contract and job training opportunities and 30 percent of new jobs created are offered to qualified BHA residents, and low/very-low income residents living in the neighborhoods surrounding BHA developments.

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