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State Strategies to Increase Energy and Water Efficiency in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Properties

EE strategies for LIHTC properties
This report examines how HFAs are using the LIHTC Program to develop and preserve affordable rental housing that is energy and water efficient.

Through a review of hundreds of HFA documents, including Qualified Allocation Plans, LIHTC applications, Design and Construction Guidelines, and other documents, NHT identified the most prominent strategies HFAs were using in 2016 to advance energy and water efficiency in Housing Credit properties. Strategies include:

  • Green Capital or Physical Needs Assessment
  • Energy and Water Audits or Modeling
  • Performance-based Requirements or Incentives
  • Third-party Building Standards
  • Required Energy Professionals
  • Energy and Water Benchmarking
  • Water Conservation
  • Coordination with Utility Energy Efficiency Programs
  • Project-specific Utility Allowances
  • Renewable Energy Incentives
Dana Bartolomei, National Housing Trust
Regulations and Policies
Housing Regulation
State housing finance agencies

Recent Resources

Last year, EEFA developed a story toolkit to help energy efficiency advocates to tell meaningful stories. The toolkit includes an interview guide, helpful suggestions for equipment, and a story report form to help us collect stories. The toolkit is included below.

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