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BBC Multifamily Newsletter – August 2017

In This Issue:

Key Announcements

On the Radar: Developing Your BBC Annual Plan for 2018

Spotlight on Partner Energy Efficiency Successes

Summit 2017 Recap: Keeping the Lights On – Stories from Housing Providers on Disaster Preparedness and Recovery


Key Announcements

NAHRO logo. 2017 NAHRO National Conference & Exhibition: Building Bridges to the Future
  • Interested in energy literacy or resident behavioral change? Join the Better Buildings Residential Network for weekly Peer Exchange calls.
  • Looking for some light reading related to multifamily energy efficiency? Check out the resources linked below!
    • Energy efficiency financing continues to be a hot topic for our partners. Learn from the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation in the linked case study.
    • Why increase energy efficiency in senior housing? Read the latest reasons and access an EPA benchmarking tool.
    • See the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) white paper comparing utility-sponsored energy efficiency programs serving low-income households across the country.

BBC Partner Next Steps: Developing Your Annual Plan for 2018

If you're a BBC MF partner, you'll soon be hearing from your Account Manager about developing a BBC annual plan. Your AM will set up a call to discuss your goals within the program for the coming year, strategies for achieving them, and tools and resources to help you get there.

multifamily buildings picture

Whether your goals are to establish a roadmap to 20 percent energy/water savings, develop a utility benchmarking plan, launch a showcase project, investigate power purchase agreements, correct regular billing errors or hire a sustainability intern, your AM will help you develop a meaningful, practical strategy for the year.

Annual plans are both incremental, helping you define steps toward your 20 percent energy/water reduction pledge over 10 years, and also customized, tailored to the unique challenges and resources of your organization. Essential buckets to start thinking about include:

Executive Commitment: If staffing constraints are limiting your participation, taking steps to re-engage executive(s) in the BBC and the value it brings to your organization can help marshal resources and staff time.

Strategies for energy savings:  Consider the many ways to achieve energy savings across your portfolio, including deep or light energy retrofits, appliance upgrades, improved O&M, resident engagement, renewable energy projects, or new construction. Strategic balancing of these approaches can get you to your goals faster than you think.

Tracking Progress: Part of your BBC pledge includes a commitment to track and report your utility consumption data annually. Your AM will work with you to build a utility benchmarking plan, or, if you're already benchmarking, help you troubleshoot obstacles. Check out HUD's Multifamily Utility Benchmarking Toolkit for essential guidance, tools and resources.

tracking progress

Sharing your experience: An essential part of the BBC experience is sharing your stories and learning from your fellow partners. Your AM will work with you to identify energy/water saving projects and innovative strategies that you can develop into Showcase Projects or Implementation Models to be published on the BB Solutions Center.

Most of all, your annual plan should reflect your organization's unique needs and capabilities. You may wish to include additional topics such as exploring financing for retrofits, developing a staffing plan or building a relationship with your utility. Whatever your needs, we encourage you to take advantage of the assistance your AM offers to help you reach your energy/water savings goals.


Spotlight on Partner Energy Efficiency Successes

Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) developed a Basis of Design tool to ensure that all POAH properties incorporate energy efficient materials and products, lowering energy and maintenance costs and promoting resident health and safety. Access the tool here!

Houston Housing Authority is expecting 50% energy savings and 26% water savings at 75 Lyerly, a 199-unit building, as part of its ongoing Energy Performance Contract. The upgrades included the installation of an energy management system and electric stoves that will drastically reduce the risk of fire.

EAH Housing, Inc. achieved 20% energy savings at its Los Robles property by implementing a range of energy- and water-efficient upgrades. To ensure proper functioning of the equipment moving forward, EAH delivered CALGreen training to its maintenance staff members.

AHEAD, Inc. recently completed $750,000 of building upgrades at Northern Lights Housing, located in Berlin, New Hampshire. The improvements are expected to reduce energy use by 30% and improve building occupancy by increasing its desirability.

AHEAD, Inc. Northern Lights Housing photo

Summit 2017 Recap: Keeping the Lights On – Stories from Housing Providers on Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

One of the highlights of the 2017 Better Buildings Summit for the Multifamily Sector was the session  "Keeping the Lights on:  Stories from Housing Providers on Disaster Preparedness and Recovery."  Presenters Joy Sinderbrand from the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), Laurie Shoeman of Enterprise Community Partners and Judsen Bruzgul of ICF looked at how housing organizations are responding to extreme natural disasters and preparing resiliency plans.

hurricane sattelite image

In 2012 NYCHA's housing stock took a big hit from Hurricane Sandy. The situation was exacerbated by deep budget cuts the agency has experienced over the last several years. NYCHA staff realized that extreme weather may result in higher economic losses in the not-too-distant future, and that they must focus on resiliency planning to mitigate widespread damage to its housing stock. Joy Sinderman outlined steps NYCHA is taking, including renovating several sites to elevate buildings and move key equipment to building roofs to protect them from flood damage.

Laurie Shoeman presented research on the likelihood of future heatwaves, droughts, and floods becoming more severe, increasing risks to people, housing, and infrastructure. Understanding how residents of low-income communities have been disproportionately affected by these extreme weather events, Enterprise Community Partners created its Resilient Communities initiative to ensure that at-risk communities are better prepared for and able to respond to conditions caused by these events.

Judsen Bruzgul wrapped up the discussion by stressing the need for communities to work with local utility companies on disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. By managing through change, communities will be better able to manage today's risks while adapting to future conditions. 

See the full presentation here.

         
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BBC Multifamily Newsletter – August 2017

In This Issue:

Key Announcements

On the Radar: Developing Your BBC Annual Plan for 2018

Spotlight on Partner Energy Efficiency Successes

Summit 2017 Recap: Keeping the Lights On – Stories from Housing Providers on Disaster Preparedness and Recovery


Key Announcements

NAHRO logo. 2017 NAHRO National Conference & Exhibition: Building Bridges to the Future
  • Interested in energy literacy or resident behavioral change? Join the Better Buildings Residential Network for weekly Peer Exchange calls.
  • Looking for some light reading related to multifamily energy efficiency? Check out the resources linked below!
    • Energy efficiency financing continues to be a hot topic for our partners. Learn from the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation in the linked case study.
    • Why increase energy efficiency in senior housing? Read the latest reasons and access an EPA benchmarking tool.
    • See the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) white paper comparing utility-sponsored energy efficiency programs serving low-income households across the country.

BBC Partner Next Steps: Developing Your Annual Plan for 2018

If you're a BBC MF partner, you'll soon be hearing from your Account Manager about developing a BBC annual plan. Your AM will set up a call to discuss your goals within the program for the coming year, strategies for achieving them, and tools and resources to help you get there.

multifamily buildings picture

Whether your goals are to establish a roadmap to 20 percent energy/water savings, develop a utility benchmarking plan, launch a showcase project, investigate power purchase agreements, correct regular billing errors or hire a sustainability intern, your AM will help you develop a meaningful, practical strategy for the year.

Annual plans are both incremental, helping you define steps toward your 20 percent energy/water reduction pledge over 10 years, and also customized, tailored to the unique challenges and resources of your organization. Essential buckets to start thinking about include:

Executive Commitment: If staffing constraints are limiting your participation, taking steps to re-engage executive(s) in the BBC and the value it brings to your organization can help marshal resources and staff time.

Strategies for energy savings:  Consider the many ways to achieve energy savings across your portfolio, including deep or light energy retrofits, appliance upgrades, improved O&M, resident engagement, renewable energy projects, or new construction. Strategic balancing of these approaches can get you to your goals faster than you think.

Tracking Progress: Part of your BBC pledge includes a commitment to track and report your utility consumption data annually. Your AM will work with you to build a utility benchmarking plan, or, if you're already benchmarking, help you troubleshoot obstacles. Check out HUD's Multifamily Utility Benchmarking Toolkit for essential guidance, tools and resources.

tracking progress

Sharing your experience: An essential part of the BBC experience is sharing your stories and learning from your fellow partners. Your AM will work with you to identify energy/water saving projects and innovative strategies that you can develop into Showcase Projects or Implementation Models to be published on the BB Solutions Center.

Most of all, your annual plan should reflect your organization's unique needs and capabilities. You may wish to include additional topics such as exploring financing for retrofits, developing a staffing plan or building a relationship with your utility. Whatever your needs, we encourage you to take advantage of the assistance your AM offers to help you reach your energy/water savings goals.


Spotlight on Partner Energy Efficiency Successes

Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) developed a Basis of Design tool to ensure that all POAH properties incorporate energy efficient materials and products, lowering energy and maintenance costs and promoting resident health and safety. Access the tool here!

Houston Housing Authority is expecting 50% energy savings and 26% water savings at 75 Lyerly, a 199-unit building, as part of its ongoing Energy Performance Contract. The upgrades included the installation of an energy management system and electric stoves that will drastically reduce the risk of fire.

EAH Housing, Inc. achieved 20% energy savings at its Los Robles property by implementing a range of energy- and water-efficient upgrades. To ensure proper functioning of the equipment moving forward, EAH delivered CALGreen training to its maintenance staff members.

AHEAD, Inc. recently completed $750,000 of building upgrades at Northern Lights Housing, located in Berlin, New Hampshire. The improvements are expected to reduce energy use by 30% and improve building occupancy by increasing its desirability.

AHEAD, Inc. Northern Lights Housing photo

Summit 2017 Recap: Keeping the Lights On – Stories from Housing Providers on Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

One of the highlights of the 2017 Better Buildings Summit for the Multifamily Sector was the session  "Keeping the Lights on:  Stories from Housing Providers on Disaster Preparedness and Recovery."  Presenters Joy Sinderbrand from the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), Laurie Shoeman of Enterprise Community Partners and Judsen Bruzgul of ICF looked at how housing organizations are responding to extreme natural disasters and preparing resiliency plans.

hurricane sattelite image

In 2012 NYCHA's housing stock took a big hit from Hurricane Sandy. The situation was exacerbated by deep budget cuts the agency has experienced over the last several years. NYCHA staff realized that extreme weather may result in higher economic losses in the not-too-distant future, and that they must focus on resiliency planning to mitigate widespread damage to its housing stock. Joy Sinderman outlined steps NYCHA is taking, including renovating several sites to elevate buildings and move key equipment to building roofs to protect them from flood damage.

Laurie Shoeman presented research on the likelihood of future heatwaves, droughts, and floods becoming more severe, increasing risks to people, housing, and infrastructure. Understanding how residents of low-income communities have been disproportionately affected by these extreme weather events, Enterprise Community Partners created its Resilient Communities initiative to ensure that at-risk communities are better prepared for and able to respond to conditions caused by these events.

Judsen Bruzgul wrapped up the discussion by stressing the need for communities to work with local utility companies on disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. By managing through change, communities will be better able to manage today's risks while adapting to future conditions. 

See the full presentation here.

         
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