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BBC Multifamily Newsletter – February 2018

In This Issue:

Key Announcements
Access New Energy and Water Efficiency Resources!
Spotlight on Partner Energy Efficiency Successes


Key Announcements

  • Connect directly with BBC Multifamily Program Management! BBC Multifamily Partners: Join the BBC Multifamily Open Call on March 14, 2018 at 2 pm EDT. We'll discuss your benchmarking challenges and preparations for publishing energy savings progress in the BBC. This Quarterly Open Call is your opportunity to ask questions to BBC program management and share feedback on the program. Email BBC Management to register for the call.
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  • 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.
  • Save the date! The Department of Energy has announced the 2018 Better Buildings Summit will be August 21-23, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Registration will open soon.
  • Call for Nominations: HUD, in partnership with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is calling for nominations for the 2018 ACHP/HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. Submit a nomination by March 1, 2018.

NEW Energy & Water Efficiency Resources on the HUD Exchange

Energy and water efficiency resources for multifamily property owners are now available on the HUD Exchange. The resources are categorized by topic, from Retrofit Planning to Resident Engagement.

  • Don't know where to start? The Utility Benchmarking resources are designed to help multifamily property owners catalogue their building portfolios and analyze energy and water performance over time.
  • Wondering what to do with all that utility data? Check out the Retrofit Planning resources, which use energy and water consumption data to suggest targeted upgrades for the most inefficient properties.
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  • In the dark about how to pay for building upgrades? Browse resources on Retrofit Finance, including an interactive ‘Financing Navigator,’ database of state-level energy efficiency incentives, and a financial decision tree.
  • Trying to choose the best products for your properties? View Building and Product Standards for links to ASHRAE, IECC, ENERGY STAR, and WaterSense standards and products.
  • Want to ensure optimal performance of your building systems? The Operations and Maintenance resources help property owners and managers incorporate green and healthy practices into current operations and maintenance procedures.
  • Starting a new campaign to change resident behavior? Use Resident Engagement Toolkits to lower your utility costs by creating your own resident energy efficiency education and engagement plan.

Spotlight on Partner Energy Efficiency Successes

Tampa Housing Authority published an Implementation Model describing its experience with utility benchmarking from start-to-finish, beginning with establishing regular communications with its utility provider and working with its BBC Account Manager to enter property-level information into Portfolio Manager. By the end, the housing authority had uploaded two years’ worth of utility data and created protocols for aggregating its utility data for easier uploads moving forward.

The Ella housing building

King County Housing Authority expects to achieve 18 percent energy savings and 24 percent water savings at Cascade Apartments, a subsidized housing development for families, seniors aged 55+, and people with disabilities. The housing authority conducted a series of audits and used U.S. DOE’s Building America partner tools and software to develop a comprehensive set of energy efficiency measures. Working with local contractors, the housing authority implemented a phased Energy Performance Contract, reducing energy and water consumption, improving indoor air quality, and increasing resident comfort.

Boston Land Company upgraded its 200-year old property, Francis Cabot Lowell Mill I & II, as a Low-Income Energy Affordability Network (LEAN) project, leveraging the program to install a high-efficiency gas fired boiler and indirect water heater system at the property. In addition, the company installed LED lamps in common spaces and units, reducing costs for the company and its residents. This retrofit is expected to produce 15 percent energy savings, valued at about $43,000 per year.

         
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