Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily Newsletter: October 2020

In This Issue:

Key Announcements

  • Explore the Better Buildings’ new online Renewable Energy Resource Hub. The Better Buildings team has collected renewables resources that can help you navigate alternative energy solutions, start thinking about future energy options, and address common challenges.

  • Did you miss our September webinar for public housing authorities, “Innovative Energy Efficiency Financing in Public Housing”? The recording of the training is available online. 

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Visit the Better Building's new Renewable Energy Resource Hub  

  • Better Buildings works with organizations to support and grow America’s energy workforce by connecting them to training, education, and job opportunities. View resources, information, and other materials to help you address your workforce needs and take the next step toward an impactful career in energy efficiency.

  • Register for the Clean Energy Group and New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation’s (NYCEEC) webinar on October 20, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT, Financing Resilient Power in Underserved Communities: Moving Forward with Distributed Solar+Storage Projects. The webinar will explore the economics and financing solutions of distributed solar+storage projects and will feature a presentation by BBC multifamily partner WinnCompanies.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2020 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). This funding opportunity will provide up to $80 million for projects that enhance energy demand flexibility across buildings and the grid, enabling greater affordability while increasing energy productivity and improving occupant comfort. To read more about this FOA, visit the EERE Exchange.

Join Our Upcoming Webinar - Planning for Resilience in Multifamily Housing: A Portfolio-Wide Approach

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

As Multifamily building owners across the country are facing increasingly critical threats from a range of natural hazards, there has never been a better time for resilience assessments and planning to protect residents and infrastructure. This webinar will provide participants with real-world resiliency planning frameworks that can serve as models for property owners and managers. Panelists will delve into topics including how to make the business case for resilience measures, assessing risks by region, and prioritizing projects. Panelists will also describe how to minimize risk and maintain business continuity through energy efficiency and resilience measures.

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Register for the Planning for Resilience in Multifamily Housing: A Portfolio-Wide Approach Webinar.


  • Laurie Schoeman oversees Enterprise Community Partner’s efforts to preserve and protect affordable housing across the nation from the risks and impacts of natural hazards and a changing climate.
  • Lauren Zullo is the Director of Sustainability and Environmental Impact at Jonathan Rose Companies where she oversees environmental and healthy building design, retrofit, certification, and reporting initiatives.
  • Tom Chase is a Senior Project Manager at New Ecology and has developed a climate change resiliency assessment protocol and tool to improve building performance and occupant health during and after extreme events.
  • Nathalie Beauvais is a Project Manager at Kleinfelder where she manages climate change projects with comprehensive assessment, planning, and stakeholder processes.

Spotlight on Partner Success

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A photo of the solar installation at POAH’s Barnham property.  

  • Wishrock Investment Group has published an Implementation Model on using the EZ Retrofit Assessment Tool to conduct multifamily building energy audits. Created by Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future, EZ Retrofit is a free, Excel-based DIY audit tool that gives multifamily property owners and managers an easy way to identify cost-effective energy and water efficiency upgrades. Wishrock encountered a shortage of energy efficiency assessment professionals to conduct energy audits for its properties in Mississippi. Using the EZ Retrofit Tool, however, Wishrock was able to hire a consultant to conduct the audits, create scopes of work, and implement the recommended upgrades on their properties.
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