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BBC Multifamily Newsletter – November 2017

In This Issue:

Key Announcements
New: Tracking Waste in Portfolio Manager
BBC Multifamily Partners in the News


Key Announcements

  • Join us for the first BBC Multifamily Sector-wide Open Call on November 29th at 1pm EST to ask questions and share feedback, find out what challenges and triumphs you have in common with your peers, and learn about upcoming BBC webinars and trainings. If you haven't received a calendar invitation from Julia Hustwit, HUD's BBC Multifamily Sector Lead, please contact the BBC Multifamily Team.
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  • Due to the devastating flooding and damage from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, Enterprise Community Partners has launched the Hurricane Community Recovery Fund, offering grant funding up to $50,000 for qualifying disaster recovery projects. All nonprofit community development organizations are invited to apply online.
  • Hear from DOE's 2017 Solar Decathlon winners about best practices in smart energy solar production for maximum energy and water efficiency on a Better Buildings peer exchange call, hosted on November 30, 2017. Register here.

Tracking Waste in Portfolio Manager

Are you an All-Star Property Owner or Asset Manager searching for the next frontier in benchmarking your building portfolio? We have good news for you!

Some of the best things come in threes... Energy Star Portfolio Manager now includes waste tracking! Track energy, water, and waste - all in one place! energystar.gov/benchmark

Portfolio Manager has added a waste tracking module, which allows users to track 29 different waste materials and their waste management methods (disposed, recycled, composted, and donated) on an annualized basis.

Why add waste and materials to the metrics you track in Portfolio Manager? Not surprisingly, a popular reason is to unlock cost savings associated with diverting waste through other waste management methods. Portfolio Manager cites General Motors, which claims $1 billion in revenue each year through its recycling program. Multifamily property owners can use waste and materials data as the basis of creative resident programming, such as recycling competitions among buildings or incentives to reduce landfill waste. Several BBC Multifamily partners have already begun tracking waste for their portfolios, on their own or with consultants.

You can add waste data to any property currently entered in Portfolio Manager, just as you would add energy or water consumption data. Use Portfolio Manager to summarize the data in multiple ways, such as the amount of waste by disposal method or the amount of waste diverted from landfills through other disposal methods. With the addition of the waste and materials module, property owners can now track a property's environmental impact under one virtual "roof."

To learn more, reach out to your BBC Account Manager or check out the following Portfolio Manager resources:


BBC Multifamily Partners in the News

In October the Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA) launched the nation's first housing authority-developed, owned, and operated 100% low income community solar garden. The 2 megawatt $3.8 million project will power 500 to 700 affordable housing homes. DHA's community solar program allows other Denver area affordable housing providers to subscribe, expecting to provide 20 percent average energy savings to subscribers and offset over 54,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

workers in the field with solar equipment

DHA hopes the project will reduce the cost of building affordable housing units, with construction expected to be operational by the end of 2017. The 74-acre site will host both the project's ground mount solar gardens and its career development facility. GRID Alternatives Colorado will provide interested low-income residents with hands-on training, certification and employment in the booming solar industry.

The Windsor Locks Housing Authority utilized $226,034 from the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority and the Connecticut Green Bank to install 271 solar panels at one of its properties without paying any upfront costs or changing the building's structure. Windsor Locks expects to reduce its utility bills by 64,000 kWh annually, which represents annual cost savings of about $5,300. The affected property is reserved for low-income seniors and disabled persons, so the housing authority used its cost savings to install automatic push buttons for its doors and is currently exploring the feasibility of installing solar at its other four properties. Learn more about Windsor Locks' experience.

The New York City Housing Authority issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for developers to install solar panels at 14 of its developments, providing enough solar capacity to power up to 1,600 households. This exciting announcement is the first large-grade solar program for New York City and will be instrumental in helping the city reach its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. NYCHA developed the RFP with ICF as part of NYCHA’s 25 megawatt commitment to Renew300, a companion program to the BBC. In addition, NYCHA identified 190 developments for solar deployment, which will be grouped into several subsequent RFPs in the next seven years. Learn more about NYCHA's announcement.

The Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) was recently featured for its participation in the BBC, celebrating that the housing authority is halfway to reaching its BBC energy reduction goal! CHA has integrated energy efficiency upgrades into RAD conversions of much of its portfolio, allowing the housing authority to bring equity to its properties of $11 for every dollar in energy savings. One notable property renovation has been the Lyndon B. Johnson community, which added a building-integrated solar air heating system design to the building’s exterior, expected to achieve an operating efficiency of 70 to 89 percent. CHA funded the $23 million project with a $10 million HUD grant, financing from the Public Housing Capital Fund Program, utility rebates, and Low Income Housing Tax Credits.

Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, a recipient of solar technical assistance from HUD's Renew300 program, recently launched commercial solar installations at 16 of its multifamily buildings. The installations produce nearly 750 kilowatts of power, an environmental impact similar to planting 515 acres of trees or permanently removing 132 cars off the road. The low-cost, renewable electricity will benefit the properties, and proceeds will be used to start a solar scholarship program to educate and train low income residents in solar installation careers. Looking ahead, Codman Square has developed a partnership with a local solar energy company to install an additional 187 kilowatts of renewable energy across its building portfolio.

         
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BBC Multifamily Newsletter – November 2017

In This Issue:

Key Announcements
New: Tracking Waste in Portfolio Manager
BBC Multifamily Partners in the News


Key Announcements

  • Join us for the first BBC Multifamily Sector-wide Open Call on November 29th at 1pm EST to ask questions and share feedback, find out what challenges and triumphs you have in common with your peers, and learn about upcoming BBC webinars and trainings. If you haven't received a calendar invitation from Julia Hustwit, HUD's BBC Multifamily Sector Lead, please contact the BBC Multifamily Team.
people sitting around a table
  • Due to the devastating flooding and damage from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, Enterprise Community Partners has launched the Hurricane Community Recovery Fund, offering grant funding up to $50,000 for qualifying disaster recovery projects. All nonprofit community development organizations are invited to apply online.
  • Hear from DOE's 2017 Solar Decathlon winners about best practices in smart energy solar production for maximum energy and water efficiency on a Better Buildings peer exchange call, hosted on November 30, 2017. Register here.

Tracking Waste in Portfolio Manager

Are you an All-Star Property Owner or Asset Manager searching for the next frontier in benchmarking your building portfolio? We have good news for you!

Some of the best things come in threes... Energy Star Portfolio Manager now includes waste tracking! Track energy, water, and waste - all in one place! energystar.gov/benchmark

Portfolio Manager has added a waste tracking module, which allows users to track 29 different waste materials and their waste management methods (disposed, recycled, composted, and donated) on an annualized basis.

Why add waste and materials to the metrics you track in Portfolio Manager? Not surprisingly, a popular reason is to unlock cost savings associated with diverting waste through other waste management methods. Portfolio Manager cites General Motors, which claims $1 billion in revenue each year through its recycling program. Multifamily property owners can use waste and materials data as the basis of creative resident programming, such as recycling competitions among buildings or incentives to reduce landfill waste. Several BBC Multifamily partners have already begun tracking waste for their portfolios, on their own or with consultants.

You can add waste data to any property currently entered in Portfolio Manager, just as you would add energy or water consumption data. Use Portfolio Manager to summarize the data in multiple ways, such as the amount of waste by disposal method or the amount of waste diverted from landfills through other disposal methods. With the addition of the waste and materials module, property owners can now track a property's environmental impact under one virtual "roof."

To learn more, reach out to your BBC Account Manager or check out the following Portfolio Manager resources:


BBC Multifamily Partners in the News

In October the Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA) launched the nation's first housing authority-developed, owned, and operated 100% low income community solar garden. The 2 megawatt $3.8 million project will power 500 to 700 affordable housing homes. DHA's community solar program allows other Denver area affordable housing providers to subscribe, expecting to provide 20 percent average energy savings to subscribers and offset over 54,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

workers in the field with solar equipment

DHA hopes the project will reduce the cost of building affordable housing units, with construction expected to be operational by the end of 2017. The 74-acre site will host both the project's ground mount solar gardens and its career development facility. GRID Alternatives Colorado will provide interested low-income residents with hands-on training, certification and employment in the booming solar industry.

The Windsor Locks Housing Authority utilized $226,034 from the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority and the Connecticut Green Bank to install 271 solar panels at one of its properties without paying any upfront costs or changing the building's structure. Windsor Locks expects to reduce its utility bills by 64,000 kWh annually, which represents annual cost savings of about $5,300. The affected property is reserved for low-income seniors and disabled persons, so the housing authority used its cost savings to install automatic push buttons for its doors and is currently exploring the feasibility of installing solar at its other four properties. Learn more about Windsor Locks' experience.

The New York City Housing Authority issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for developers to install solar panels at 14 of its developments, providing enough solar capacity to power up to 1,600 households. This exciting announcement is the first large-grade solar program for New York City and will be instrumental in helping the city reach its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. NYCHA developed the RFP with ICF as part of NYCHA’s 25 megawatt commitment to Renew300, a companion program to the BBC. In addition, NYCHA identified 190 developments for solar deployment, which will be grouped into several subsequent RFPs in the next seven years. Learn more about NYCHA's announcement.

The Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) was recently featured for its participation in the BBC, celebrating that the housing authority is halfway to reaching its BBC energy reduction goal! CHA has integrated energy efficiency upgrades into RAD conversions of much of its portfolio, allowing the housing authority to bring equity to its properties of $11 for every dollar in energy savings. One notable property renovation has been the Lyndon B. Johnson community, which added a building-integrated solar air heating system design to the building’s exterior, expected to achieve an operating efficiency of 70 to 89 percent. CHA funded the $23 million project with a $10 million HUD grant, financing from the Public Housing Capital Fund Program, utility rebates, and Low Income Housing Tax Credits.

Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, a recipient of solar technical assistance from HUD's Renew300 program, recently launched commercial solar installations at 16 of its multifamily buildings. The installations produce nearly 750 kilowatts of power, an environmental impact similar to planting 515 acres of trees or permanently removing 132 cars off the road. The low-cost, renewable electricity will benefit the properties, and proceeds will be used to start a solar scholarship program to educate and train low income residents in solar installation careers. Looking ahead, Codman Square has developed a partnership with a local solar energy company to install an additional 187 kilowatts of renewable energy across its building portfolio.

         
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