Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily Newsletter: May 2019

In This Issue:

Key Announcements
DOE and HUD Recognize Leaders in Energy Efficiency
Spotlight on Partner Successes

Key Announcements

2019 Better Buildings Summit

  • Register today for the 2019 Better Buildings Summit, hosted by the Department of Energy (DOE) from July 10–11, 2019 in the Washington, DC metro area. Network with leaders in energy and water efficiency in the multifamily housing sector, go on a green multifamily building tour, and attend valuable sessions in a dedicated multifamily track.
  • Energy efficiency programs save an average of more than $100 annually in utility bills for low-income households living in multifamily buildings, yet such programs have historically underserved this population, largely due to barriers faced by program administrators. ACEEE’s new report, Closing the Gap in Energy Efficiency Programs for Affordable Multifamily Housing, surveys 32 programs that target affordable multifamily buildings, focusing on strategies for maximizing energy savings, spending, participation, and cost effectiveness.
  • Interested in learning how submetering can support building energy management? Why Landlords Should Take the Lead On Installing Submeter Technology, a fact sheet from the Institute For Market Transformation (IMT), takes an in-depth look at how implementing individual energy usage and billing is an effective way to reducing energy consumption.
  • Ready to take your use of ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager to the next level? Join us during Portfolio Manager 301, a webinar on May 21, 2019 at 1:00 PM EDT to learn about advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; creating custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.

DOE and HUD Recognize San Francisco Leaders in Energy Efficiency

In April, representatives from DOE and HUD visited Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation’s (TNDC) Better Buildings Showcase Project Alexander Residence and Mercy Housing’s Better Buildings Showcase Project 205 Jones Street Apartments to tour the buildings’ energy and water upgrades.

TNDC and Mercy Housing work to preserve affordable housing and services for low-income families and individuals throughout the Bay Area and the U.S., respectively. Both partners are on their way to meeting their goal of reducing energy use by 20% portfolio-wide over 10 years. TNDC has 2.3 million square feet and has also set a 20% water reduction goal; Mercy Housing has 21 million square feet in its portfolio.

DOE, HUD, local officials group photo

DOE, HUD, local officials and BBC
multifamily partners at April's BBC site visit
of TNDC and Mercy Housing properties.

DOE and HUD officials were joined by city housing and community development officials and stakeholders, who spoke on the affordable housing crisis in San Francisco and the importance of energy and water improvements to preserving scarce affordable housing stock. Approximately 30 public officials and local BBC multifamily partners joined the tour of the two properties.

Each organization recently completed major energy and water efficiency improvements to these properties, located in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. As a result, the Alexander Residence expects to achieve an annual energy savings of $20,000 or 17% relative to their pre-retrofit baseline. To date, the first-in-class improvements to 205 Jones Street have achieved annual energy savings of $23,319, a 22% cost savings relative to their pre-retrofit utility expenses.

TNDC's Alexander Residence

TNDC's Alexander Residence

TNDC and Mercy Housing each implemented a combination of energy and water conservation upgrades in their respective building, including a new solar thermal hot water system, energy efficient steam boiler, thermostatic radiator valves and pipe insulation, new LED lighting throughout tenant and common areas, low-flow water fixtures, and new ENERGY STAR® refrigerators and washing machines.

The interventions have resulted in reduced utility costs for both the housing providers and residents, increased resident comfort, and improved asset financial sustainability, which will help preserve affordability in these locations for the long term.

205 Jones Street Apartments

Mercy Housing's 205 Jones Street Apartments

Spotlight on Partner Successes

Danville Development published a new Showcase Project that highlights extensive upgrades at one of its low-income senior residential facilities, Union Gardens in Ogden, Utah. The project focused on new LED lighting throughout units and common areas, new high-efficiency gas water heaters, water fixtures, and attic insulation. The improvements helped lead the property to 23% energy savings and over $15,000 saved in the first year.

Union Gardens, Ogden, Utah

Union Gardens in Ogden, Utah

Vistula Management completed a renovation of a 41-building, 250 unit property in Toledo, Ohio. The $33 million project included installing solar panels on nine of the buildings, and replacing roofs, windows, insulation, and providing new efficient kitchen appliances. The buildings were originally constructed in 1837, making this one of the oldest developments in the city.

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