Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily Newsletter: February 2021

In This Issue:

Key Announcements

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  • Join Better Buildings on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST for The Energy Impacts of COVID-19 HVAC Mitigation Strategies Webinar. Discussion will focus on the impacts of HVAC system guidance to reduce transmission of COVID-19 inside buildings. Speakers will discuss the energy implications of (1) 100 percent outdoor air ventilation rates, (2) installing MERV-13 filters or better, (3) disabling demand control ventilation, and (4) HVAC flushing mode operation.
  • It’s that time of year again…the Better Buildings Challenge Data Drive! Challenge partners are encouraged to submit energy performance data by Monday, March 1, 2021 (and water and/or waste data if applicable). Contact your account manager for details.

  • Save the date for the virtual 2021 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit the week of May 17, 2021. Engage with multifamily peers, explore emerging technologies, and share strategies for energy and water efficiency, waste reduction, workforce development, and more.

Taking it to the Next Level: Going Carbon Neutral in Multifamily Housing

You’ve been doing great work in energy efficiency retrofits, and you’re seeing the results in energy and cost savings. Are you ready to take it to the next level? Multifamily housing providers—both affordable and market rate—are embarking on low-carbon or carbon-neutral new construction projects and converting existing buildings to all-electricity to lower their carbon footprint. The results are good for the planet, good for residents’ health and safety, and good for your organization’s bottom line.

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Learn about low carbon solutions for new and existing buildings from Community Preservation Corporation’s (CPC’s) Carbon Neutral Summit. In January, CPC partnered with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to host a three-day virtual Carbon Neutral Summit series. Recordings and slides from CPC’s Summit are available. Get firsthand perspectives from developers of low carbon multifamily buildings, gain practical insights from government leaders, and view a presentation of CPC's guide Financing High-Performance: A Guide to Optimizing Energy Performance Across the Multifamily Building Lifecycle.

Spotlight on Partner Success

  • In lieu of a traditional groundbreaking celebration, Challenge partner Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) has released a virtual groundbreaking video for The Loop at Mattapan Station, a six-story affordable housing property designed to meet Passive House energy efficiency standards. POAH has partnered with Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation to transform a 2.57-acre commuter parking lot next to the MBTA Mattapan Station into a mixed-use development with 135 units of housing, retail, and community spaces.

POAH's virtual groundbreaking video

View POAH's virtual groundbreaking video

  • The Schochet Companies, together with its energy and sustainability consulting firm, Rethinking Power Management (RPM), has published an Implementation Model case study on integrating sustainability planning into its annual budget process. The team transformed the company’s approach to energy and water retrofit planning, involving property and facility managers in every step of the retrofit planning process, and developing a Sustainability Roadmap tool that guides the budgeting and refinancing processes. The company estimates energy cost avoidance at $1.6 million per year; water reductions at over 3.1 million gallons per year; and greenhouse gas reductions at 16,900 tons per year.

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