BBC Multifamily Newsletter – December 2018

In This Issue:

Key Announcements
Risky Business: New Tools for Understanding and Addressing Disaster Risk in Multifamily Housing
Spotlight on Partner Successes

Key Announcements

  • Congratulations! Nearly 80% of BBC Multifamily partners completed BBC annual plans during this year's Annual Plan Drive. These non-binding plans are a critical roadmap for both partners and Account Managers to achieve specific goals related to benchmarking your energy savings progress and sharing your lessons learned through case studies each year. If you haven't completed a plan yet, it's never too late – reach out to your Account Manager today to set up a meeting.
  • Interested in hiring a qualified fellow to help your organization meet its BBC goals?
    • The Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellowship provides graduate students to help host organizations meet their sustainability and energy goals. The program has placed nearly 1,000 students in summer internships in 450 organizations across the U.S. and China and has identified more than $1.6 billion in energy savings. The application deadline for hosting a 2019 fellow is February 1, 2019.
    • The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship provides students who have a professional degree in architecture or landscape architecture to complete two-year fellowships covering topics such as resident-oriented design, healthy housing, resilience, and sustainability. This year’s application date has passed, but set an Outlook reminder to check the website in late summer 2019.
    • Know of other internship opportunities? Let your Account Manager know so we can help publicize them.

  • Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) in partnership with Bright Power Inc. is launching CPC VeriFi, a new, free, software application that allows multifamily building owners to calculate estimated cost savings for energy and water efficiency upgrades based on a sample scope of work. The estimates are based on data from real buildings and residents, and the tool also offers options for financing these types of sustainable upgrades. Learn more.
  • The fourth National Climate Assessment, a Congressionally-mandated report summarizes the impacts of climate change on the U.S., now and in the future. Chapter 11 focuses specifically on the impact of changing climate conditions on the built environment. (See, for example, Figure 11.7.) The comprehensive report is drafted by more than 300 experts, guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee, and reviewed by both the public and subject matter experts.

Risky Business: New Tools for Understanding and Addressing Disaster Risk in Multifamily Housing

climate resilience toolkit

Understanding weather-related risks and how to increase disaster resilience is a relevant topic for all property owners, but it is particularly relevant for BBC Multifamily partners, who often house vulnerable populations. At the 2018 Better Buildings Summit in Cleveland, Ohio, resources were presented relevant to increasing resilience of multifamily buildings against disasters.

LuAnn Dahlman from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), introduced the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, which helps users increase the resilience of their building portfolio by following five steps:

  1. Explore Hazards
  2. Assess Vulnerability & Risks
  3. Investigate Options
  4. Prioritize & Plan
  5. Take Action

Each step is supplemented by guidance and tools to support implementation. One of the primary resources is The Climate Explorer, which allows users to explore graphs and maps of historical and projected temperature, precipitation, and related climate variables for any county in the contiguous US. These maps are based on NOAA's daily weather records from thousands of weather stations over the past 100+ years. The Climate Explorer projects climate-related risk through 2100 based on a "low emission" and a "high emission" scenario, allowing property owners to compare projections based on these plausible futures and plan according to their tolerance for risk and the timeframe of their decisions.

Of particular importance to owners and managers of public or HUD-assisted multifamily properties, LuAnn showed how NOAA's story maps can overlay the location of properties with weather-related risks, including flooding, wildfires, droughts, earthquakes, and sea level rise. Multifamily property owners can use this free resource to mitigate risk across their portfolio through strategic investments grounded in the best available data. See below for a screenshot of this tool.

story map

Shelby O’Neill, from Enterprise Community Partners, provided an update on the latest multifamily disaster resilience and recovery resources from her organization. Some resources that may be especially relevant to BBC Multifamily partners include:

Access the full Summit presentations.

Spotlight on Partner Successes

Following an $8 million renovation of Apartment Towers, tenants of the Manhattan Housing Authority of Kansas moved back into the 88 unit high-rise building this fall after a two and a half year vacancy. The retrofit of the building's mechanical HVAC system was completed in two phases: a new addition was built to house high efficiency boilers and the old boiler system was retrofitted with heat pumps as a secondary source of heating/cooling. New windows were installed throughout the building, as well as a full lighting retrofit, new ENERGY STAR® refrigerators, and water efficiency upgrades.

Apartment Towers in Manhattan, KS

Apartment Towers in Manhattan, KS

Keene Housing (New Hampshire) expects to offset 58% of one property's electricity consumption by combining a solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the installation of high efficiency heat pumps. The project will take place at Keene's 38-unit Forest View Apartments property in Keene, New Hampshire and will begin in early 2019.

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