Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily Newsletter: April 2019

In This Issue:

Key Announcements
Meet Me in DC @ the 2019 BB Summit
Spotlight on Partner Successes

Key Announcements

April 2018 Lakeline 20 Station
  • Stewards for Affordable Housing for the Future has published a new white paper, Driving Toward the Greater Good, which examines the growing body of research documenting the range and value of non-energy benefits to energy and water efficiency upgrades, above and beyond utility cost savings.
  • Dive deeper into EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® during a Portfolio Manager Webinar on April 16 at 1:00 PM EDT. Learn about more advanced functionality such as: editing property data; correcting and updating property use details; using the data quality checker; and sharing property data.
  • The Lead and Environmental Hazards Association (LEHA) is offering partial registration scholarships for the Healthy Housing Conference (May 14-17, 2019 in Minneapolis), available to people from local and state government agencies, advocacy organizations, and small businesses. Please email Steve Weil for more information or to apply for the scholarship.

Meet Me in DC! Register for the 2019 Better Buildings Summit

2019 Better Buildings Summit

Multifamily Highlights

Multifamily Sector Meet-Up

Get recognized! Now is the time to shine for all your hard work! Join fellow Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily partners, affiliates, and other stakeholders to celebrate partner achievements and share strategies for multifamily housing providers to save energy and water and preserve affordable housing. Discussion topics include resiliency tools for affordable housing, stormwater management using green infrastructure, leadership case studies, and HUD’s vision for the year ahead in the Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily Sector.

New Tools for Your Multifamily Retrofit Toolbox

Learn about several promising new tools to help multifamily owners and managers conceptualize and plan potential retrofits, including: BIT Building, a building performance improvement and recognition program that facilitates incremental upgrades portfolio-wide; and CPC VeriFi, a new online app that allows property owners to calculate estimated cost savings for energy and water efficiency upgrades.

Getting to 100%: Overcoming Barriers to Tenant Data Collection

In this session, multifamily partners will present innovative, outside-the-box strategies for collecting tenant energy consumption data, ranging from how to obtain tenant consent for sharing data to embarking on a portfolio-wide campaign to collect 100% whole property data.

Tour Green Affordable Housing

What does leadership in preserving affordable housing look like? Join NHT Communities for a tour of Channel Square Apartments, a 223-unit apartment community in the Southwest D.C. Waterfront, just 2 miles from the U.S. Capitol. The tour will visit residential units, common spaces, the central plant, and the rooftop solar array!

Ever wish you had an expert at your beck and call?

"Ask-an-expert" technical specialists from DOE and national laboratories are available to answer your questions! Ask about emerging technologies and discuss strategies from the field.

Register for the Summit today.

Spotlight on Partner Successes

The American Institute of Architects New Orleans Chapter bestowed a 2018 Design Award to the Pythian, a historic building in downtown New Orleans that was painstakingly restored by Green Coast Enterprises. In addition to providing nearly 70 residential units, the building includes a fresh food market and healthcare and business offices.

New Orleans Pythian

CommonBond Communities received a commendation from the City of Saint Paul for completing the 2018 Race to Reduce, the first Energize Saint Paul challenge in which buildings benchmarked their energy use with the aim of increasing energy efficiency and reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. CommonBond was recognized by the Mayor at a ceremony for successfully benchmarking 12 out of 13 buildings placed into the pilot program.

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