Housing Authority

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Install high-efficiency, low-emission appliances.
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Carefully locate projects that will work within existing transportation networks and facilitate close access to jobs, shopping, and other destinations.
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Promote higher density, transit-oriented, mixed-use development.

Project Connectivity

Locate new housing development near transit

Placing housing near transit stops assists residents in meeting their daily transportation needs and also reduces the need for vehicles, which helps clean our air.

Tool: Encourage transit-oriented development.

Transit-oriented developments (TODs) encourage moderate and high density housing near a transit site. TODs see reduced traffic congestion and accidents and expanded mobility of cyclists and pedestrians. Transit access reduces dependence on automobiles and helps clear our air.

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Tool: Work with other city departments to improve bicycle and pedestrian routes near and around transit stops.

Bicycle and pedestrian routes near transit stops provide a non-motorized way to move between the transit stop and the final destination.

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Work with Public Works, Parks and Recreation, and Community Development to create a connected, complete, and safe bicycle and pedestrian system

One of the most important reasons commuters do not use active transportation to get to work or school is because they feel it is unsafe, and the sidewalk and bike lane networks are not continuous or well-maintained. It is important to develop complete alternative transportation networks in order for them to be useful and used by commuters.

Tool: Encourage the city to adopt a “Complete Streets” policy which will make streets safe for all users – regardless of age and physical ability.

Complete streets are designed with all users in mind (drivers, transit riders, pedestrians, bicyclists, the elderly, children, and people with disabilities). Many jurisdictions around the country have adopted Complete Streets policies and national model policies can be used as a starting point.

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Tool: Work with the city to develop bicycle parking requirements including long-term bike parking.

Bicycle parking minimizes the hassle and inconvenience of searching for a secure and safe place to lock one’s bicycle when arriving at one’s destination. By eliminating inconvenience and barriers, bicycle parking can elevate bicycling towards becoming a legitimate and viable transportation option for most trips in Provo. Thorough bicycle parking requirements account for both short-term and long-term parking, promote proper siting and layout, and allow for conversion of vehicular parking to bicycle parking.

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Tool: Encourage the city to coordinate connectivity of trails, bikeways and pedestrian facilities.

Connectivity is a key to making biking and walking convenient. Connectivity standards should include coordination among different departments to encourage connectivity between destinations. New development or redevelopment should require designated bikeways. Street networks should be designed to ensure connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists.

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The City of Davis, California works to ensure that pedestrian and bike connectivity in maintained throughout residential areas, providing connections through greenspace, cul-de-sacs, and larger streets.

Tool: Ensure safe routes to schools for children.

Partner schools with the Transportation Department to develop safe routes for children to bike and walk to and from school on developed bike lanes and sidewalks with monitored crosswalks.

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Other Key Housing Authority Strategies

Prioritize energy efficiency in public housing developments.

Energy efficient building envelopes, systems, and appliances reduce negative impacts on our air quality while also reducing electricity costs for households and building users.

Tool: Calculate the energy efficiency of Housing Authority buildings.

Understanding energy problems in a building is the first step to improving energy efficiency.

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  • o The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index is the nationally recognized scoring system for measuring a home’s energy performance. The HERS Index Score can be described as a sort of miles-per-gallon (MPG) sticker for houses, giving prospective buyers and homeowners an insight as to how the home ranks in terms of energy efficiency. In addition to a HERS Index Score, a home energy rating also provides the homeowner with a detailed report regarding energy problems in the house.
    https://www.resnet.us/hers-index

Tool: Install the best available technology to attain the highest efficiency standards on new buildings and remodels.

Outfitting housing developments with the best technologies that will improve air quality will also reduce energy costs.

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Tool: Install high efficiency, low emissions appliances.

There is a notable difference between the output of a low NOx water heater and an ultra-low NOx water heater. Although ultra-low NOx water heaters tend to be less energy efficient, various design techniques can be used to increase the water heater efficiency to meet the Energy Star criteria.[iii] Most Ultra-low NOx water heaters cost about $70 more than low NOx heaters, while Energy Star rated models are $150 more.

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Develop a Housing Authority Sustainability Plan with an emphasis on air.

The Housing Authority has a key role to play in cleaning our air, and it has expertise on how to make an impact. Consider the roles you might fulfill in cleaning the air and develop a departmental plan for sustainability with an emphasis on air quality. Develop a method for tracking and measuring progress, and for annual review.

[i] From Reconnecting America. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ractod/3953863528

[ii] From City of Davis. http://cityofdavis.org/home/showdocument?id=4809

[iii] http://www.energy.ca.gov/2012publications/CEC-400-2012-004/CEC-400-2012-004-CMF-REV2.pdf