Corvias stated that it had begun the final phase of its geothermal installation and energy upgrades work on the U.S. Army’s Fort Polk in West-Central Louisiana, a milestone that when complete won’t solely modernize the aging infrastructure but save the Military necessary money and profit, military families.
A part of the U.S. Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI), a program by which the Department of Defense works with the private sector to revitalize military family housing, the work consists of the installation of geothermal heat pumps and ENERGY STAR electric and water-saving devices. All upgrades related to this challenge, which started in 2018, are slated to be accomplished in early 2020 and can significantly reduce the community’s carbon footprint, said Corvias.
To date, Corvias has installed:
- 100% of 1,130 residential water and energy conservation fixtures, including low-flow faucets, showerheads, and toilets
- 63% of 3,772 ENERGY STAR certified Nest Learning Thermostats
- 60% of the 2,400 planned geothermal heat pumps (and is on schedule for the remaining residences)
The geothermal project received permission in 2015, following the conclusion of an earlier contract. Corvias then raised $34 million to implement operational efficiencies, create cost savings, and replace and improve outdated infrastructure inside Fort Polk’s housing portfolio.
The program is estimated to average $1.5 million in power savings and operational cost avoidance yearly totaling more than $40 million in savings throughout the remaining years of the Corvias program. Along with the power and cash savings, water upgrades will save 71 thousand gallons of water yearly, the equal of 7 average-sized swimming pools.
Because the beginning of its sustainable housing partnership with the U.S. Army at Fort Polk, Corvias has led the modification of the event schedule to prioritize resident-pleasant, fast impact tasks, elevated the community experience on base and supplied attentive maintenance services, based on the company.