Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily Newsletter: November 2019

In This Issue:

Key Announcements

Resources for Multifamily Properties:
Navigating Efficiency Policies and Incentives

Many Better Buildings partners across the country benefit from state and local support to achieve their efficiency goals. Governments and utility commissions seek to increase energy efficiency primarily using two tools: regulatory policies and financial incentives.

portfolio energy savings

For multifamily housing providers, navigating the patchwork of policies and incentives can be challenging since regulatory policies differ widely across different government and utility jurisdictions. A particular challenge in the multifamily sector is that energy efficiency regulations often require energy usage data, which can be difficult to collect from utilities in jurisdictions without local data-sharing laws. While financial incentives can help make efficiency upgrades possible, identifying and pursuing them can also be a major hurdle.

However, successfully leveraging energy efficiency policies and incentives can help owners and managers of multifamily housing to reduce operations costs, eliminate energy and water waste, improve tenant health, and pursue energy independence. Explore the resources below to understand the policies and incentives in your area:

For more information on innovative approaches multifamily partners are taking to reduce energy in Better Buildings, visit the Better Buildings Solution Center.

Spotlight on Partner Success

Congratulations to BBC Multifamily partner Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) for committing to power all 43 of their affordable housing sites with 100% renewable electricity, at no cost to residents! TNDC is a 2019 BBC Goal Achiever and the first affordable housing organization in San Francisco to upgrade to SuperGreen, the 100 percent renewable energy option offered through CleanPowerSF. CleanPowerSF is a program operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission that works with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to deliver cleaner energy to residents and businesses.

Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority's McClinton Nunn Homes

Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation

Congratulations to Jonathan Rose Companies (JRC) for global recognition of its portfolio-wide resiliency efforts by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB). JRC responded to the GRESB Resilience Module in 2019 and earned 1st place globally in its peer group of privately-held residential assets. The GRESB Resilience Module evaluates how real estate companies are preparing for changing conditions, assessing long-term trends, and becoming more resilient over time.

This fall, Danville Development was awarded the “Rocky Mountain Wattsmart Multifamily Partner of the Year” by International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology (ICAST) at the Utah Housing Coalition conference.

Danville Development became a Multifamily Sector partner in 2016 and provides approximately 776 units of affordable senior housing in Utah and Wyoming.

Atlantic Garden Apartments

Danville Development's President Lisa Jones (right), accepts the award.

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