Green/Sustainable Housing Tag Archives

FHA Reiterates Green Building Standards Program

In 2016, the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Office of Multifamily Housing Programs introduced a voluntary green building standards program that allowed for a reduced annual mortgage insurance premium (MIP) at the rate of 0.25 percent for properties that are committed to green building practices. The reduced MIP for industry-recognized green housing encouraged owners to adopt higher standards for construction, rehabilitation, repairs, maintenance and property operations.

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California Releases Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program Round 5 Guidelines, NOFA

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the California Strategic Growth Council released the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC) Round 5 Guidelines, and Notice of Funding Availability for approximately $550 million. Applications are due by February 11, 2020. HCD will hold several information workshops:

November 12
10:00 am – 12:30 pm PT

November 13
1:00 – 5:30 pm PT
Madera Public Library
121 N. G Street
Madera, CA 93637

November 15
10:00 am – 4:00 pm PT
Riverside Main Library
3581 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501

November 18
1:00 – 6:00 pm PT
CA Department of Transportation
4050 Taylor St., Rm. 119 and 120
San Diego, CA 92110
Infill Infrastructure Grant Program (IIG): 10:00 am to noon PT – Register

November 19
Noon – 5:00 pm PT
Santa Ana Police Dept.
60 Civic Center Plaza
Community Room
Santa Ana, CA 92701
IIG: 9:00 – 11:00 am PT – Register

November 21
Noon – 4:30 pm PT
Chico City Hall
421 Main Street
Council Chambers
Chico, CA 95928
IIG: 9:00 – 11:00 am PT – Register

November 22
Noon – 5:00 pm PT
CA Department of Transportation
111 Grand Ave., Main Auditorium
Oakland, CA 94612
IIG: 9:00 – 11:00 am PT – Register

2020 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria Open for Comment

Enterprise opened its public comment period on the 2020 Green Communities Criteria. Maintaining the same eight categories, the 2020 Green Communities Criteria is looking at new ways to explore how the criteria can contribute to: improving resident health; strengthening homes’ resilience; managing developers’ upfront costs while improving building performance; and promoting equitable outcomes.

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RetrofitNY Publishes Report on Deep Energy Retrofits

The RetrofitNY team is proud to share a study conducted by Ian Shapiro of Taitem Engineering assessing the transferability of the Energiesprong concept to New York State – Energiesprong: A Dutch Approach to Deep Energy Retrofits and Its Applicability to the New York Market. Based on numerous site visits and interviews in the Netherland, Ian’s report includes Engergiesprong’s background, building stock, technical approaches, relationship management, and identifies unusual issues.

He shares how net energy use is successfully being eliminated by reducing energy use, converting all energy uses to electricity (eliminating fossil fuels), and producing this electricity on-site with solar. Explore the report to learn more about the recommendations made for adopting or modifying the Energiesprong program for implementation in New York State.