Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily Newsletter: June 2019

In This Issue:

Spotlight on Partner Successes
Key Announcements
Upcoming Event: 2019 Better Buildings Summit Multifamily Agenda

Spotlight on Partner Successes

Congratulations to three BBC Multifamily partners for becoming 2019 BBC Goal Achievers! BBC partners pledge to reduce their portfolio’s energy and/or water consumption by 20 percent over ten years.

  • Cambridge Housing Authority in Massachusetts achieved 23 percent energy savings in only four years across its portfolio of 2,700 units and 2.5 million square feet.
  • Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) in San Francisco became both an energy and water Goal Achiever with 21 percent savings in these categories, across a portfolio of 2,500 units and 2.3 million square feet.
  • Keene Housing in New Hampshire’s Monadnock region achieved 29 percent water savings across its portfolio of 470 units and 480,000 square feet.

Cambridge Housing Authority

Tenderloin Neighborhood Development

Keene Housing

The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has published a new showcase project on their Saint Botolph Apartments for elderly and disabled persons. BHA has undertaken a Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) conversion, a HUD program that allows public housing authorities to leverage private capital to finance upgrades to housing stock. Through the installation of energy-efficient technology and smart engineering, the RAD conversion is expected to lead to decreased energy use, water use, and carbon emissions.

Saint Botolph Apartments

The Boston Housing Authority’s Saint Botolph Apartments

Numerous BBC Multifamily partners will be presenting their energy, water, and utility benchmarking successes at the July 2019 Better Buildings Summit. These include:

Key Announcements

  • Learn about the impressive work BBC Multifamily housing partners are doing to improve energy productivity and drive innovation in DOE’s newly released Better Buildings Progress Report. Our 106 Multifamily Better Buildings Challenge partners represent 750,000 housing units and have saved $49 million since 2009.
  • Register for the annual Better Buildings Summit July 10-11, 2019 in the Washington, DC metro area. Pre-conference activities start on July 9th.


Upcoming Event: 2019 Better Buildings Summit Multifamily Agenda

2019 Better Buildings Summit

The 2019 Better Buildings Summit is right around the corner, July 10-11 in the Washington, D.C. metro area (Arlington, VA). Join fellow BBC Multifamily partners, affiliates, and other stakeholders to share energy and water efficiency strategies in affordable housing and learn from multifamily housing peers.

The Summit will kick-off with a pre-conference Affordable Multifamily Housing Tour of Channel Square Apartments on July 9th in Southwest DC. The tour is hosted by NHT. NHT completed extensive renovations in 2015 that have already produced $559,000 in energy savings. NHT used more than $300,000 in incentives from the DC Sustainable Energy Utility to implement a comprehensive bundle of efficiency measures as well as 320 kW of solar PV and a 60-therm solar hot water heater. The tour will begin with an overview of the financial strategy used to fund the improvements, followed by a visit to residential units, common spaces, the central plant, and the rooftop solar PV and solar thermal installations.

Summit organizers have worked to ensure that the multifamily track includes events and sessions with content that is both relevant and new to multifamily housing providers. Attendees will have the opportunity to mingle and share best practices at Wednesday morning's Multifamily Sector Meet-up, followed by a Networking Lunch. Multifamily sessions include:

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