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McMinnville Housing Authority wins award
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McMinnville Housing Authority took home the Best in Innovation Award at the 2013 Governor’s Housing Summit in Nashville.The Best in Innovation Award is part of the statewide Tennessee’s Best award program administered by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.McMinnville Housing Authority won the award based on a massive energy conservation project that renovated 80 of the oldest public housing units built in 1963. McMinnville Housing Authority executive director Patricia Basham submitted a 750-word application along with four pictures. She said the energy conservation project was very involved.“Spray foam insulation was added in the walls, along with energy star refrigerators and water-saving toilets and showers,” said Basham.An estimated $30,000 annually is saved in water, sewer and electricity costs.