Army Housing Gets Early Crack at Green Energy Initiatives
The Army’s Residential Communities Initiative program, providing more than 80,000 homes for soldiers’ families across 44 installations, is playing a major role in the service’s effort to conserve energy and reduce its carbon footprint.
Within one year, more than 70 percent of the service’s privatized housing will be individually metered, a feature which so far has led to a 10 to 20 percent drop in energy consumption, said Paul Cramer, acting deputy assistant secretary for installations, housing and partnerships.
The service has implemented new design standards that are capable of achieving LEED Silver under the U.S. Green Building Council’s rating system. Fort Drum, N.Y., has the largest ‘Energy Star’ rated community, while Fort Hood, Texas, has 232 LEED certified homes, the highest number in the Army. Fort Knox, Ky., has the nation’s largest geothermal housing community, and Fort Campbell, Ky., has the first net zero home on a military installation.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 1,000 homes are being used to install and test energy-saving products developed by Washington State University.