First HUD funded “green” senior citizen housing complex in nation calls North East home

North East Manor is located on S. Washington St. in North East on the borough/township line and currently is home to 22 senior citizen residents. -photo by Erin Lynn

North East is home to a silver medalist of sorts.

North East Manor, located on South Washington Street on the North East borough/township line, is the nation’s first HUD funded 202 complex to receive LEED Silver certification.

The Green Building Certification Institute, an arm of the U.S. Green Building Council issues Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and the certification.

North East Manor achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. LEED certified building saves money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reduces greenhouse gas emission, and contributes to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

LEED is organized into six categories including: Sustainable Sites; Water Efficiency; Energy and Atmosphere; Materials and Resources; Indoor Environmental Quality; and Innovation and Design.

From Energy Star rated windows, appliances, lighting, fans and “On Demand” continuous hot water heaters, many facets of design in North East Manor reduce energy costs and consumption. Common areas such as hallways and laundry facilities use motion sensors to turn lights on and off to save electricity.

Inspections during construction also contributed to LEED Silver Certification. The project provided and managed a Waste Management Plan to assure a thorough effort to collect and recycle materials such as metal, concrete, plastic, cardboard, fiberglass insulation, drywall, paper and glass. Fifteen tons of drywall waste was sent to Ohio for recycling.

Nearly 24 percent of recycled material was incorporated into the building for items such as carpet used, casework, countertops and some other wood products. Over 46 percent of the total building materials value comprises building materials and/or products that have been extracted, harvested or recovered as well as manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.

Smoking is prohibited inside the building and designated smoking areas have been located at least 25 feet away from the building openings and air intakes. LEED guidelines are so stringent that even if a worker on the construction job was caught smoking, certification eligibility for the building would be lost.

The 27-unit housing facility is open to senior citizens age 62 and older who meet HUD income requirements. Each one-bedroom apartment includes a refrigerator, stove, garbage disposal, blinds and heating/air-conditioning units. All apartments are non-smoking and each tenant is permitted to keep one pet 20 pounds or less.

Apartments are designed in a way that allows residents to “age in place,” said Property Supervisor Deb Shook. “They can move in at age 62 and stay into their 90s,” she said.

Currently 22 residents call North East Manor home. Property Manager Jim Rocco said, “It has been really neat to see it from the beginning with the friendships that have developed.”

Rocco said the housing complex has a very active group of seniors participating in social events, attending workshops with educational speakers and more. A community room offers a comfortable area for residents to gather and Rocco said this winter he hopes to have Wii bowling tournaments. A fitness room is also on premises, as well as a computer room. Laundry facilities are also available.

For more information about North East Manor or to schedule an appointment for viewing, call Jim Rocco at 814-347-5132.

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