Aug 16, 2013 5:00 PM  PST

Multifamily Project in Sacramento County First to Achieve GreenPoint Rated Certification

Aug. 13, 2013

Build It Green (BIG) recently gave the first GreenPoint Rated certification for a rehabilitation of a multifamily property in Sacramento County to Norwood Mutual Housing.

"Norwood is the first rehab of an existing multifamily project we have rated in the county," said Christopher Becker, BIG's Senior Project Manager.

The Norwood rehabilitation received a GreenPoint Rating score of 40 out of 50 maximum points. The minimum is 25.

To date, the Oakland-based nonprofit BIG only has rated 698 units of existing multifamily developments.

As part of their commitment to sustainability, the nonprofit developer, Mutual Housing California, plans to certify all new developments and rehabilitations.

"Our plan for any work we do from now on—whether rehab or new construction—is to get green certification with as high a score as possible," said Mutual Housing Project Manager Vanessa Guerra. Guerra also is certified as a green building professional by BIG.

Norwood has 87 apartments, 44 of which were rehabbed. Located in Del Paso near the I-80 freeway, Norwood was built in phases from 1993 to 2001.

Norwood is the third Mutual Housing development given a green rating. The Highlands and New Harmony were certified by BIG when they were built.

Mutual Housing works with BIG because it takes into account mandatory California requirements and does not give points for them.

Energy-efficient heating, air conditioning and lighting, faucet aerators and low-flow toilets, Energy Star kitchen appliances were part of the upgrades. Zero VOC paints also were used. At least 25 percent of construction and demolition waste was recycled.

More durable materials were used in the construction of new roofs. Cabinet doors and drawers were made flush to allow for future refinishing instead of replacement.

A smart irrigation system with sensors that measure soil moisture, drought-tolerant plants and no-mow turf added to the green landscaping. Mutual Housing also improved some walkways, ramps and parking for ADA accessibility.

The rehabilitation cost nearly $1.85 million ($1,844,573).

Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency funded more than $1.57 million ($1,570,356) and NeighborWorks America funded nearly $275,000 ($274,217).

Founded in 1988, Mutual Housing California develops and operates well-designed rental housing for the diversity of the region's households. The communities have nearly 3,000 residents, nearly half of whom are children.

Through Mutual Housing's focus on leadership, the nonprofit also provides training and mentoring as well as educational programs, community-building activities and services for residents and neighbors.

For more information, visit

  • Vanessa Guerra, Mutual Housing project manager,, (916) 453-8400, X214.
  • Christopher Becker, Build It Green Senior Project Manager, (510) 590-3360, X114,

For additional information on this article, please contact:
(510) 590-3360
Source: Build It Green  

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