BBC Multifamily Newsletter – May 2018

In This Issue:

Key Announcements
Better Buildings and NAA Team Up for Special Multifamily Workshop
Spotlight on Partner Successes

Key Announcements

  • Register today for the 2018 Better Buildings Summit, hosted by DOE from August 21-23, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Register by June 15th to receive a special “Early Bird” rate!
  • NEW! Check out HUD’s latest multifamily solar resource, which helps property owners and managers evaluate the potential safety and security risks of installing solar on their buildings.
  • DOE released its 2018 Better Buildings Progress Report, featuring Jersey City Housing Authority as a BBC goal achiever, and several multifamily partners for other accomplishments: Keene Housing, King County Housing Authority, New York City Housing Authority, Wishrock Investment Group, and Boston Land Company.
Better Building Innovation Through Collaboration Progress Report
  • Wondering how to meet your 20% energy reduction commitment to the BBC? Contact your Account Manager or email the BBC team about attending a customized workshop to complete your ‘Roadmap to 20%’ plan.

Better Buildings and NAA Team Up for Special Multifamily Workshop

What do you get when you combine 40 attendees, 30 organizations, 4 federal agencies, and a sustainable caterer? The answer is the NAA/DOE Better Buildings Roundtable!

The National Apartment Association (NAA) joined the Better Buildings Alliance as an affiliate partner in 2017, and began discussions with the Alliance team on how they could deliver sustainability and energy-efficiency content for their members – more than 75,000 multifamily property companies around the country representing 9.25 million rental housing units.

two people presenting in front of a projector screen

“This event was the perfect opportunity for NAA members to meet in person and continue building on the progress the rental housing industry has made around energy efficiency and sustainability,” said Bob Pinnegar, NAA’s Chief Executive Officer.

NAA member and newly-minted BBC partner Bozzuto Management Company hosted the two-day workshop at their headquarters in Greenbelt, Maryland. This meeting was formatted as a semi-formal peer exchange, with speakers from HUD, EPA, Fannie Mae and NAA members presenting in 10 sessions on a range of topics including:

  1. Communications
  2. Financing
  3. Operations and Maintenance
  4. High Impact Technologies
  5. Data Driven Results
  6. Materials Management and Recycling
group of meeting attendees

Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with NAA members already discussing hosting a similar event in 2019. “It’s great to be in a room with people who are focused on the same thing you are. This event was a great opportunity to share and learn,” said Juliette Apicella of Gables Residential.

We look forward to ongoing conversations and continuing to move the market forward to the next iteration of multifamily energy efficiency and sustainability.

Spotlight on Partner Successes

Schochet Companies partnered with Rethinking Power Management, a Boston-based sustainability and engineering consultancy to implement a series of energy efficiency upgrades at Shepherd Park Apartments, achieving 20% energy savings against a 2011 baseline and nearly $70,000 in annual cost savings. Schochet began by rightsizing equipment and then replaced outdated boilers, hot water circulation pumps, and lighting. The work also included unit air sealing and water conservation measures. Schochet paired these upgrades with a green cleaning program, a no-smoking policy, and an integrated pest management plan to increase overall resident comfort.

Green Coast Enterprises received the 2018 Design Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New Orleans Chapter for its energy efficient rehabilitation and restoration of the historic Pythian building in downtown New Orleans. In addition to providing nearly 70 residential units, the building will include a fresh food market and healthcare and business offices.

NHT/Enterprise Preservation Corporation presented a portfolio-level approach to financing solar in multifamily properties on a recent webinar. Jared Lang, Assistant Vice President for Sustainability, discussed applying this approach to deploy solar in affordable multifamily housing, and representatives from Enterprise Community Partners and Denver Housing Authority spoke about specific projects in Washington, D.C. and Denver, Colorado. View the webinar hosted by Energy Efficiency for All!

Pythian building in downtown New Orleans
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