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Multifamily Energy and Water Management Toolkit

The following toolkit is intended to help improve energy and water management and reduce costs, spending and environmental impacts over the long‐term, while helping to preserve affordable properties. The toolkit is designed to be used by organizations with different levels of experience and capacity in the area of energy and water management. Tools can be […]


Utility Allowance Guide for Owners of Affordable Rental Housing

The California Housing Partnership and National Housing Law Project have jointly published a guide to assist owners of affordable housing in understanding the implications of recent changes to federal program utility allowance requirements, and to provide tips for assessing whether utility allowance adjustments can be used as a resource to finance or pay back the […]

January 2016 Green Tax Incentive Compedium

The volume presents certain federal and state tax incentives promoting the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. It includes the recent energy tax credit extensions in the 2015 PATH Act and the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act. Download

Chicago Energy Efficiency Road Show: Staff & Resident Engagement

This session shares strategies that owners and managers can adopt to ensure buildings perform optimally over time to maximize energy savings. The panel explores when it makes sense to retro-commission and re-commission a property. Panelists also share best practices for training staff and engaging residents to support the success of energy-saving efforts. Download

Chicago Energy Efficiency Road Show: Making Data-Driven Decisions

This session shows owners and asset managers how they can employ data they already have, like billing and utility allowances, comparable market data, benchmarking and energy assessments to accurately define the scope of work for a retrofit on their properties. The session also demystifies energy audits and green physical needs assessments. Download

Chicago Energy Efficiency Road Show: Retrofit Financing

This panel explores tools and strategies available to owners. Panelists provide insight into green financing mechanisms, including various grant and loan programs that are available in the local market. Special emphasis is placed on how to select the appropriate product, weighing the pros and cons of various executions, terms, cost of capital, and how they […]

Chicago Energy Efficiency Road Show: Local Programs & Resources

Spencer Skinner outlines Illinois Housing Development Authority’s energy efficiency priorities. Jarred Nordhus explains The Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas Natural Gas Savings Programs & Multifamily Program ComEd Smart Ideas Energy Efficiency Program. Jim Wheaton presents on the Community Investment Corporation. Download

Chicago Energy Efficiency Road Show: Spotlight on Water Management Presentations

Water and sewer costs are increasing around the country and, in many markets, the increase is dramatic. Water management is often the lowest hanging fruit and can provide the biggest return for owners. This session will explore various technologies and financing mechanism developers can utilize to decrease their water bills. Download

Chicago Energy Efficiency Road Show: Successful Case Studies Presentations

Three developers present on energy and water retrofits they have implemented on Chicago properties. Download


Frequently Asked Questions: Methodology for Completing a Multifamily Housing Utility Analysis

FAQs pertaining to the implementation of H 2015-04 (June 22, 2015), which governs methodologies for completing multifamily housing utility allowance analysis. Download


Community Investment Corporation “On Bill” Energy Financing Fact Sheet

In cooperation with the utility companies (ComEd, NICOR, North Shore Gas, Peoples Gas), CIC-Energy Savers will soon offer loans for energy retrofits of multifamily (5 to 50 units) properties which can be repaid as an additional item on a utility bill. Download


Energy Savers Fact Sheet

ENERGY SAVERS helps lower operating costs of apartment buildings by reducing energy usage. FINANCING Energy Savers loans are secured with a second mortgage lien. The first mortgage lender must allow the Energy Savers subordinate loan to be secured with a subordinate mortgage. The property must be: 1. An apartment building with at least five (5) […]

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