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Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily Newsletter: July 2019

In This Issue:

News from the 2019 Better Buildings Summit
Celebrating BBC Partner Achievements at the 2019 Summit!
Key Announcements


News from the 2019 Better Buildings Summit

Some 700 Better Buildings Challenge partners, including multifamily sector partners as well as affiliates and stakeholders, traveled from across the country to participate in the 2019 Better Buildings Summit July 9-11 in the Washington, D.C. metro area. If you were in attendance, please let us know how your Summit experience went by completing this feedback form.

Day 1: Pre-Conference Activities

The Summit kicked-off on July 9th in Southwest DC with a pre-conference Affordable Multifamily Housing Tour of NHT Communities’ Channel Square Apartments. Kathleen Berube of NHT provided 18 participants with a briefing on the financing of a comprehensive bundle of efficiency measures as well as 320 kW of solar PV and a 60-therm solar hot water heater. Financing included a $500,000 buyer’s credit and $300,000 in incentives from the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU). The building tour highlighted high efficiency boilers, in-unit convectors, and solar PV and thermal installations on the roof and carports. This year’s multifamily goal achievers were also recognized at a Recognition Event for Goal Achievers and High Performers by HUD’s Chief Operating Officer Ralph Gaines and Public and Indian Housing Deputy Danielle Bastarache.

NHT’s Kathleen Berube leads Summit attendees through a rooftop solar array on top of Channel Square Apartments.

NHT’s Kathleen Berube leads Summit
attendees through a rooftop solar array on
top of Channel Square Apartments.

 

From left, panelists Caitlin Rood, Claire McLeish, Ilene Mason and Monica Watkins discuss collecting tenant utility data during the session: Getting to 100% Tenant Utility Data.

From left, panelists Caitlin Rood, Claire McLeish, Ilene Mason and Monica Watkins discuss collecting tenant utility data during
the session: Getting to 100% Tenant Utility Data.

Days 2 & 3: Keynote and Topic Sessions

On July 10th, Energy Secretary Rick Perry opened the Summit with a keynote speech recognizing partners and allies who achieved their energy, water, or financial goals for 2019. Multifamily partners and stakeholders then assembled for a Multifamily Meet-Up celebrating the successes of the past year. Attendees heard presentations from two of our three 2019 goal achievers, Cambridge Housing Authority and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, on how they reached their 20 percent energy savings goals. The organizations detailed their success with Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) modernization work, CHP cogeneration systems, LED lighting retrofits, low-flow water fixtures, renewables, and the hiring of a full-time sustainability manager.

Over the two days, HUD and DOE led five Multifamily Sector Sessions on topics including healthy housing, resiliency for low-income communities, new tools for retrofit planning, overcoming barriers to accessing tenant data, and measurement and verification of energy savings. Speakers introduced attendees to toolkits and resources for energy efficiency. For example:

The PowerPoint presentations from Summit sessions will be available on the Better Buildings Solution Center in August 2019.

Thank you to the many speakers and partners that helped make this year’s Summit a great success. See you next year!


Celebrating BBC Partner Achievements at the 2019 Summit

Congratulations to all BBC Multifamily partners for achievements recognized at the 2019 Summit! You’ve demonstrated leadership in the field of multifamily energy and water efficiency by reducing energy and water consumption, publishing utility data, and sharing your successes through case studies.

As of July 1, 2019, more than 105 multifamily housing providers, representing over 670 million square feet of real estate and impacting more than 700,000 households, have made energy- and/or water-efficiency commitments through the BBC. To date, these 105 partners have contributed to an estimated cumulative cost savings of $144 million.

The Multifamily team recognized partners for several categories of achievement at the Summit, including 72 partners who are actively benchmarking their utility data and achieved a data display this year. Partners were recognized in the following categories for reaching significant milestones this year:

Energy Manager Tina Miller accepts the Goal Achiever Award on behalf of the Cambridge Housing Authority.

Energy Manager Tina Miller accepts the
Goal Achiever Award on behalf of the
Cambridge Housing Authority.

 

Sustainability and Facilities Coordinator Magdalena Szymanska accepts the Goal Achiever Award on behalf of the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation.

Sustainability and Facilities Coordinator
Magdalena Szymanska accepts the Goal
Achiever Award on behalf of the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation.

Multifamily Partner Better Buildings Challenge Goal Achievers

Congratulations to Cambridge Housing Authority and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation for reaching their 20 percent energy reduction goals (and in TNDC’s case, also a water reduction goal). Congratulations also to Keene Housing for achieving its 20 percent water reduction goal.

Multifamily Partners Who Shared a Full Data Display in the Past Year

Partners with a Full Data Display reported both owner paid and tenant paid utility data for at least 80 percent of their multifamily housing portfolio.

First time achievers

  • Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura
  • Michigan City Housing Authority
  • Multi-Family Mission Ministries
  • Wesley Housing Corporation

Repeat achievers

  • 2Life Communities
  • AHEAD, Inc.
  • Angola (IN) Housing Authority
  • Atlanta Housing Authority
  • Cambridge, MA Housing Authority
  • Capitol Hill Housing
  • Caritas Communities, Inc.
  • Cascap, Inc.
  • Cion Housing Services
  • Cleveland Housing Authority
  • Danville Development
  • Foundation Communities
  • Gateway Management Services, LLC
  • Helena (MT) Housing Authority
  • Jersey City Housing Authority
  • Keene Housing
  • King County Housing Authority
  • Minneapolis Public Housing Authority
  • New Bedford Housing Authority
  • New York City Housing Authority
  • Palatka (FL) Housing Authority
  • Schochet Companies
  • Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • The Economic Development Authority of the City of Mankato, MN
  • The Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver
  • Trinity Housing Corporation of Greeley, Colorado
  • Village of Hempstead Housing Authority
  • Vistula Management Company
  • Washington, DC Housing Authority

Multifamily Partners Who Shared a Partial Data Display in the Past Year

Partners with a Partial Data Display reported both owner paid and tenant paid utility data for at least 30 percent of their multifamily housing portfolio.

First time achievers

  • Boston Housing Authority
  • Community Housing Partners
  • Highland Commercial Properties
  • Homes for America
  • Housing Authority of Knox County, IN
  • Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Kier Property Management
  • Truth or Consequences Housing Authority

Repeat achievers

  • Aeon
  • Beacon Communities
  • BRIDGE Housing Corporation
  • CommonBond Communities
  • Corcoran Management
  • Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation
  • Fort Wayne Housing Authority
  • Gary Housing Authority
  • Housing Authority of Baltimore City
  • Jonathan Rose Companies
  • Korman Residential Properties
  • Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Mercy Housing
  • National Church Residences
  • NHT Communities
  • Peabody Properties, Inc.
  • Preservation of Affordable Housing
  • Retirement Housing Foundation
  • Satellite Affordable Housing Associates
  • Tampa Housing Authority
  • The Community Builders, Inc.
  • The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society
  • The NHP Foundation
  • The Renaissance Collaborative
  • The Silver Street Group and Housing Management Resources
  • Trinity Management
  • Utica Municipal Housing Authority
  • Windsor Locks Housing Authority
  • Wishrock Investment Group

Multifamily Partners Who Published a Showcase Project AND Implementation Model

Showcase Projects highlight innovative whole building projects that incorporate multiple energy efficiency measures. Implementation Models highlight the development and use of innovative strategies across partners’ housing portfolios, to overcome persistent barriers to energy and water savings improvements.

First time achievers

  • Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • REACH CDC
  • Trinity Management

Repeat achievers

  • Aeon
  • Balfour Beatty Communities
  • Corcoran Management
  • Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Jersey City Housing Authority
  • LINC Housing Corporation
  • Mercy Housing
  • New York City Housing Authority
  • National Housing Trust Communities
  • Preservation of Affordable Housing
  • Rockford Housing Authority
  • Tampa Housing Authority
  • Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • The Economic Development Authority of the City of Mankato, MN
  • The Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver
  • Village of Hempstead Housing Authority

New Multifamily Partners in the Past Year

  • Christian Church Homes – Welcome!

Key Announcements

  • HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes has announced the availability of $324 million for Lead Hazard Reduction grants to local governments and certain state and tribal governments to identify and control Lead Based Paint hazards in low-income privately-owned unassisted pre-1978 housing. Applications must be received by Grants.gov by August 9, 2019 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Office of Lead Hazard and Healthy Homes

         
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