Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily Newsletter: June 2021

In This Issue:

Key Announcements

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  • Join Enterprise Community Partners and Solutions Division on Monday, June 21, 2021 at 2:00 PM EDT for a conversation with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia L. Fudge, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, and other local leaders to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on housing affordability and highlight efforts to respond to the crisis. Register for the Innovative Partnerships for Affordable Housing: Working Together to Respond, Stabilize, and Recover Webinar.

  • This month is National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM). This year’s theme, “The Power of Partnerships,” exemplifies the success of HUD’s history in fostering partnerships to address childhood lead safety and create healthy homes nationwide. Visit hud.gov for the NHHM Campaign Resource Toolkit and healthy homes resources.

Building on Energy Efficiency to Achieve Low Carbon Goals in Multifamily Housing

As climate change continues to wreak havoc across the country, multifamily housing owners and managers are doing their part to address this existential threat by transitioning from a traditional focus on energy efficiency to include low or zero-carbon goals for their buildings.

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Meet the Low Carbon Pilot Partners

Five multifamily Challenge partners are leading the way by taking part in the Better Buildings Low Carbon Pilot to demonstrate how to achieve carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) operational emission reductions in buildings and share their stories with peers: Community Housing Partners, King County Housing Authority, New York City Housing Authority, Preservation of Affordable Housing, and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation.

Every multifamily organization can reimagine its energy efficient buildings as zero or low carbon facilities by building on actions they are already taking take to reduce energy — including weatherization, high performance envelopes, efficient equipment, green O&M, and tenant engagement.

Taking the next steps to set and achieve low carbon goals may seem daunting at first. Luckily, there is a growing body of knowledge, resources, and peer exchange specific to the multifamily building sector on how to get there from here. The following resources are a good place to start. Contact Becca.Curry@icf.com to share recommendations of other tools to add to the list.

Spotlight on Partners' Low Carbon Projects

  • Jonathan Rose Companies’ Sendero Verde property will add 709 affordable housing units to New York City’s East Harlem neighborhood. When completed in 2022, the property will be the largest development in the U.S. to meet Passive House standards. Sendero Verde is designed to have an air-tight facade with thermally broken shelf angles to mitigate thermal bridging at all brick veneer locations, and an exterior insulated finish system (EIFS) on two of the three buildings. Additional advanced energy efficiency features include a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heating and cooling system, a central Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) system, and optimized hot water recirculation. The company expects energy savings of 60-70% compared to buildings of similar size in the city.

A design drawing of Jonathan Rose Companies' Sendero Verde property in East Harlem, New York

A design drawing of Jonathan Rose Companies' Sendero Verde property in East Harlem, New York

  • WinnCompanies' Eva White apartments is an affordable housing property for seniors in Boston, Massachusetts. WinnCompanies won a grant through the Department of Energy's (DOE’s) Advanced Building Construction (ABC) Initiative to demonstrate a replicable approach to zero-energy-ready retrofits in affordable housing. The project is still in design phase, but will include a building envelope with pre-fabricated components built to Passive House standards, a central energy recovery ventilator, electric VRF heat pumps to replace the gas boiler, and the conversion of a gas Domestic Hot Water (DHW) system to a central heat pump system.
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