The ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program and the ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise Program provide a holistic approach to design and construction that is well-aligned with the priorities of housing agencies seeking to promote high quality, sustainable, affordable housing opportunities.
ENERGY STAR certified apartment and condominium units provide residents with healthy, comfortable, and efficient homes that offer substantial utility savings. Likewise, funded properties can benefit from lower and more stable operating expenses, as well as from the marketability of the ENERGY STAR label.
There are a number of important reasons for tax credit allocating agencies to specify ENERGY STAR construction in their Qualified Allocation Plans for all multifamily building projects:
Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) provide important housing opportunities to residents in need, and the ENERGY STAR residential programs’ focus on quality design and construction can help address any perceptions that such housing is lower quality. When PHAs build new multifamily developments (both low rise and high rise) or substantially rehabilitate older neglected properties, the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes and Multifamily High Rise Programs offer a great opportunity to introduce a thorough design process that minimizes both short and long-term risk for the Authority and the occupants. By specifying important energy efficiency measures in the design, ENERGY STAR certification helps contribute to both high-quality housing and lower-cost operations.
When public housing authorities partner and build with ENERGY STAR, they’re able to provide:
Affordable housing programs play a significant role in the development and rehabilitation of multifamily housing opportunities throughout the country. Not only can they provide critical gap financing to complete the financial picture for prospective projects, they can also provide loan guarantees and fully fund projects in their efforts to ensure quality affordable housing is available to residents in their communities.
Affordable housing programs at the federal, state, and local level also establish the quality standards and rent limits that must be met by assisted projects in order to protect the health, safety, and financial resources of residents. The lower utility costs and stabilized project operating expenses that are achievable through ENERGY STAR certification can also allow a project’s finances to support more private debt and equity.
Incorporating the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes and ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise Programs into the guidelines for federal, state, or local affordable housing programs provides numerous benefits, including: