Crescent Crossings Phase I
After its demolition in the 1980s, Bridgeport officials sought to revitalize this underutilized neighborhood in an area where affordable housing is in high demand. In the late 1960s the original development, with its 47 buildings, 1,250 apartments and nearly 5,000 residents, started gaining a formidable reputation for violence and crime. Crescent Crossings Phase I demonstrates a remarkable commitment to vanquishing that reputation by creating a healthy, safe, and vibrant community. The site now hosts 93 brand new affordable apartments in eight buildings, outdoor cooking and seating areas, a fitness area, and community rooms.
JHM Financial Group teamed with Crosskey Architects and Viking Construction to produce a durable, welcoming community with low tenant utility bills. SWA was asked to join the project team to provide energy modeling, testing and verification, and green building certification for LEED for Homes Platinum, ENERGY STAR v3.0, and EPA Indoor airPLUS. SWA’s intermediate inspections and exploratory testing shows that the units perform as predicted with <5ACH50 air leakage, minimal duct leakage to outside, and low total duct leakage.
Crescent Crossings is estimated to be fifty percent more energy efficient than a home built to the current building code and will be a sustainable addition to this vibrant neighborhood.
Primary Energy and Resource Conservation Measures:
- R6.5 continuous rigid insulation on the exterior and R21 fiberglass batts in 2×6 studs with specific attention to air sealing at top and bottom plates and all penetrations
- R49 blown-in fiberglass in the attics and efficient windows (U 0.29, SHGC 0.25) complete the tight thermal envelope
- High efficiency natural gas air handler (96.1% AFUE), tankless hot water heater (97 EF), and SEER 16 air conditioning in each apartment
- Low flow plumbing fixtures and a high efficiency irrigation system reduces indoor and outdoor water usage by 49% below baseline