PHILADELPHIA, September 30, 2019 – Sentient Buildings, a leading cloud-based building automation company, today announced it has enabled University Square in Philadelphia, a 442-unit affordable housing property for seniors, to achieve substantial energy savings while maintaining comfort.
Utilizing its longstanding expertise in the industry, Sentient Buildings installed electric heat pumps as well as thermostats in each apartment, allowing for individual tenant control without needing to rely on the centralized boiler system. Sentient is also responsible for actively monitoring the property to ensure optimal efficiency.
“Through electrification of the heating and cooling systems, we have enabled University Square to realize significant cost reductions, and at the same time provide greater comfort and control to every tenant,” said David Unger, CEO of Sentient Buildings. “Working closely with ownership led by Jaime Birman, Director of Development for Orbach Affordable Housing Solutions, we were able to successfully develop this innovative approach that can serve as a model for other residential buildings nationwide.”
The electric heat pumps operate as the building’s primary energy source above 30 degrees Fahrenheit, and provide more efficient, targeted heating and cooling to individual units when necessary. For example, some apartments may be naturally warmer during certain times of the day if exposed to direct sunlight.
Orbach Affordable Housing Solutions recently completed its transformation of University Square, following a $25 million investment into the property.
“We are very proud of this project,” said Jay Reinhard, President of Orbach Affordable Housing Solutions. “It is our mission to ensure families have a safe, comfortable place to live, and with the transformation of University Square, we are providing our tenants with the improved community they deserve.”