Project Description

Vancouver, Washington

Skyline Crest is a low-income housing development of 150 units, both duplexes and fourplexes, built in 1963.  Rushing worked with the team to identify cost effective, high positive environmental impact renovations that would improve energy efficiency, water use efficiency and indoor air quality. The Enterprise Green Communities Criteria were referenced as part of the requirements of funding procurement from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA stimulus funds) through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

As part of this effort, the Sustainabilty Studio worked closely with the Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) to develop a Green Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Manual.  To create this document, Rushing interviewed key VHA stakeholders on their existing O&M procedures and sustainability initiatives. These findings were evaluated and a customized O&M plan was created to meet their specific needs and conditions.

Rushing collaborated with the architect to integrate renovation and system upgrades including electric ductless split system heat pumps, heat recovery ventilators, more efficient indoor and exterior lighting, low flow toilets, sprinkler timers, TED (The Energy Detective) energy reporting devices, and new clotheslines.


  • Sustainability Consulting
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Envelope Compliance Calculations
  • Energy Modeling
  • Construction Administration