Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily Newsletter: August 2020

In This Issue:

Key Announcements

  • Register for HUD’s upcoming Health@Home webinar, Mold and Moisture: Keeping a Home Dry and Safe, September 10, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT. This training series helps rehabilitation specialists and rehab program managers integrate healthy home principles into their energy retrofit projects and incorporate the principles in their rehab standards.
  • HUD’s Capital Needs Assessment (CNA) e-Tool automates the preparation, submission, and review of a Capital Needs Assessment when applying for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) multifamily financing. HUD has extended the date for deployment of CNA e-Tool Version 3.0, most likely in early fall 2020. The period for transferring data to Version 3.0 has also been extended. Learn more about the CNA e-Tool.
  • Better Buildings Challenge Financial Ally Enterprise Community Partners has launched two new multifamily housing tools:
    • Enterprise’s Portfolio Protect Tool helps multifamily operators and residents understand which properties are at highest risk from flooding, fire, and other natural disasters. Calculate your building’s climate risk score and create a plan that protects those buildings from current and future risks.
    • Tipping the Scale provides best practice recommendations and tips to help avoid common challenges when developing or preserving unsubsidized affordable small to medium multifamily (SMMF) projects.

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Assess your property’s susceptibility to natural disasters with Enterprise’s Portfolio Protect Tool.

Calling All Public Housing Authorities - Join Our Upcoming Webinar: Innovative Energy Efficiency Financing in Public Housing

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Energy and water efficiency upgrades in public housing can free up operating funds while reducing tenant utility bills and improving resident health and comfort. This webinar will review challenges that Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) face in accessing capital for retrofits and present innovative solutions three PHAs pursued to successfully finance efficiency projects in public housing. Panelists will spotlight successful and replicable approaches that made their projects possible.

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Register for the Innovative Energy Efficiency Financing in Public Housing Webinar.

During this webinar we will:

  • Discuss the financing gaps and barriers that keep PHAs from realizing greater energy and water savings
  • Hear from three PHA leaders about the innovative approaches they took to navigate HUD regulations and incentives to achieve efficiency savings
  • Learn replicable strategies implemented by both large and small PHAs to finance efficiency projects


  • JoAnn Sutton is the Executive Director of the Manhattan Housing Authority in Kansas.
  • Stephen Cea is the Director of the Department of Development, Modernization, and Sustainability at the Jersey City Housing Authority (JCHA).
  • Tina Miller is the Energy Manager at Cambridge Housing Authority in Massachusetts.

Spotlight on Partner Success

In an effort to conserve water and reduce costs for both the company and the residents, Foundation Communities (FC) invested in a three-year AmeriCorps VISTA project through NeighborWorks America to develop a water consumption monitoring system and resident education program. See their Implementation Model to learn how the team tracked FC’s water usage data and used it to educate staff and residents on water conservation strategies. Combined, the monitoring system and resident education have allowed FC to decrease water consumption and costs by identifying unit equipment leaks early and educating high users in water conservation techniques.

A Foundation Communities property

A Foundation Communities property in Austin, Texas

Redding House II is a multifamily housing complex built in 1987 that provides affordable housing for developmentally disabled adults. Retirement Housing Foundation completed retrofits at Redding House II in 2018, with Reserve for Replacement Funds and a grant from the City of Redding Electric Utility. Read the Redding House Showcase Project to learn how the property has achieved 29 percent energy savings since 2014.

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The front entrance to Redding House II.

In conjunction with a solar installation at Quincy Housing Authority in Illinois, Better Buildings partner Johnson Controls installed an educational kiosk learning center in the housing authority’s office lobby. The kiosk will provide residents and the community with real time reporting on the amount of energy the solar panels are producing and how much energy Quincy Housing Authority is saving.

HHA's Historic Oaks of Allen Parkway Property

Solar installation at Quincy Housing Authority

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