Cindy Heavens, Project Manager
Satellite Housing provides affordable, service-enriched housing
that promotes healthy and dignified living for people with limited
Developed, manages and provides supportive services to 21
affordable housing communities in the Bay Area.
Natural link between the green movement and the affordable
housing industry’s goals of providing inclusive communities that
promote income integration and reduce the use resources and
strains on infrastructure.
Satellites’ Green Initiatives
Eco-friendly new construction developments
Improve energy efficiency and indoor air and light quality of
existing buildings through renovation
Promote use of public and alternative methods of transportation
Encourage residents and staff to follow green living practices
Helios Corner Apartments
1531 University Avenue, Berkeley
80 units of transit-oriented senior housing above ground floor Satellite
home office and Salvation Army Berkeley office
Helios Corner’s Green Elements
Photovoltaic solar energy system
Central hydronic heating system
Compact, efficient building layout oriented around passive solar
Fluorescent lamps with motion sensors
Low-VOC carpeting, adhesives and paints
Non-arsenic preservative-treated framing
Composite wood joists
Transit-oriented location with supplemental van service
Exceeds Title 24 by over 20%
1988 Trinity Avenue, Walnut Creek
17-units of transit-oriented family housing
Acalanes Court’s Green Elements
Photovoltaic solar energy system (95% power take-out of common
areas, projected to save $700,000 in energy costs over first 30 years)
Passive solar orientation
Double-glazed low-e windows
High R-value insulation
Exceeds Title 24 by over 20%
Reduction in carbon footprint: 60,000 pounds of emissions per
year, equivalent to taking 60 cars off the road or planting 23 acres
Renovations of Existing Buildings
Saint Andrew’s Manor
3250 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland
PV system, new windows, higher efficiency
appliances and lighting, low-VOC materials
Satellite’s Other Green Activities
Agency-owned fleet of vans for resident transportation
Operation of Newark Paratransit program
Transit-oriented, green home office
Encouragement and incentives for staff and residents to use public
Green business practices at all locations
Staff and resident trainings on how to “go green”
Development process requires early, specific commitments before
all funding is secured and construction bids are received.
New technologies challenging to underwrite and budget against.
More difficult to cover costs in non-tax credit financed
Certification standards evolving but challenging for affordable,
Challenging site configurations and locations limits ability to
incorporate passive solar and cross-ventilation.
New products can be difficult to source.
Recycling and composting more complex in multifamily
Education of staff and residents a continuous process.
Technology has arrived!
Numerous funding, rebate and technical assistance programs
available. Reduces ongoing operating costs.
Greener = happier residents.
Bay Area affordable housing architects and contractors
knowledgeable and supportive of green building.
Great PR and way to peak interest in affordable housing cause.
Consistent with mission, the right thing to do.