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1 Green Homes and Sustainable Communities 2007 Presentation by Michael Bodaken July 19, 2007 Achieving Sustainable Rehabilitation

2 National Housing Trust Safeguarding Affordable Housing National Housing Trust  Committed to improving the quality of life for the families and elderly who live in affordable apartments  Believes that preserving and revitalizing existing affordable apartments is the essential first step in solving our nation’s housing dilemma  Safeguards affordable homes through:  Real estate development  Lending  Public policy initiatives

3 National Housing Trust Safeguarding Affordable Housing States Where NHT and Its Affiliates are Active

4 National Housing Trust Safeguarding Affordable Housing NHT/Enterprise Preservation Corporation  NHT and the Enterprise Foundation launched venture in 1999  Staffed by eight underwriters and asset managers employed by NHT  Partners with other local non-profits and for profits  Preserved more than 21,000 units in forty-one states

5 National Housing Trust Safeguarding Affordable Housing “Preservation of affordable housing is inherently energy and resource efficient.” Eric A. Goldstein, Urban Program Co-Director Natural Resources Defense Council  Preservation is energy efficient. It produces less waste and uses fewer new materials and less energy than new construction.  There are many ways to integrate green technology and methods into the rehabilitation process to improve energy efficiency and conserve water through the use of green design and materials.  These improvements produce utility savings for owners and residents, lower maintenance costs, and provide a better living environment.

6 National Housing Trust Safeguarding Affordable Housing Defining Green Improve Energy Efficiency:  High efficiency HVAC system  Energy star appliances Conserve and Manage Resources:  Low flow faucets, showers, toilets, aerators  Storm water management Reduce impact on residents and environment:  Low volatile organic compound (VOC) paint  Use of certified wood Appropriate site selection and development :  Located near public transportation and services  Compact, walkable site plan

7 National Housing Trust Safeguarding Affordable Housing Friendship Court

8 National Housing Trust Safeguarding Affordable Housing Friendship Court Project Details:  Charlottesville, VA  Family property  150 units  2-4 bedrooms  100% Section 8  $20,000/unit in rehab  NHT/Enterprise & Piedmont Housing Alliance  Architect: Bill Edgerton

9 National Housing Trust Safeguarding Affordable Housing Green Rehab at Friendship Court  Better-insulated windows & exterior doors  Improved roof insulation  Fluorescent exterior light fixtures  New roofs with lighter colored shingles  Higher efficiency heating & cooling equipment  Water-conserving kitchen and bathroom fixtures and low-flow toilets  Longer-lasting fiber cement siding  Energy efficient, water-saving front loading washers and dryers  No VOC interior paint and low VOC exterior paint  Mature trees kept and additional trees and shrubs added  Improved erosion control and drainage

10 National Housing Trust Safeguarding Affordable Housing Galen Terrace: From Mean Streets to Green Street

11 National Housing Trust Safeguarding Affordable Housing Galen Terrace Project Details:  Washington, DC  Family property  84 units, 3 buildings  1-4 bedrooms  100% Section 8  $60,000/unit in rehab  NHT/Enterprise, Somerset & Resident Association  Architect: Environmental Design Group

12 National Housing Trust Safeguarding Affordable Housing Green Rehab at Galen Terrace

13 National Housing Trust Safeguarding Affordable Housing Green Rehab at Galen Terrace

14 National Housing Trust Safeguarding Affordable Housing The Greening of Galen Terrace Included full unit renovations, all new systems, windows, doors (keeping walls & ceilings) Energy auditor completed a blower door test and infrared scans of building Created a more walkable community Downspouts feed into rain barrels Low-flow fixtures- shower, toilet, faucets Native Plants Energy Star refrigerators Individual meters in all units

15 National Housing Trust Safeguarding Affordable Housing The Greening of Galen Terrace Common area laundry rooms (6) with new ductwork & venting Solar reflective roof material No VOC paints, primers, sealants, adhesives, caulk Composite wood free of added urea formaldehyde or sealed with low VOC sealant or laminate Green label certified carpets Insulated cold water pipes Green Home Guide is being developed and will be distributed to residents Management provides an orientation to each new renter

16 National Housing Trust Safeguarding Affordable Housing Lessons Learned from Going Green Go green from the beginning  Determine green goals  Set the level of priority in the beginning Get an experienced team  Get a green consultant or qualified architect on board early  Select a contractor who has done green building before or who will work with the green architect/consultant early on in the process Expect a learning curve  It takes time for developers to learn how to do green well  It takes experience to know what different specifications to use, and to find contractors and subcontractors with sufficient knowledge of green products

17 National Housing Trust Safeguarding Affordable Housing Green Incentives and Policies Nearly every state incorporates some green incentives into its QAP. QAP Incentives take three forms: 1. Threshold Requirements: 24 states make green building a minimum requirement for tax credit allocations. 2. Points: Almost 40 states award points to tax credit projects that include environmentally friendly building practices. Points are awarded for energy-efficient appliances, sustainable building techniques, and sustainable building materials. 3. Non-Numeric Preference: 6 states offer a non-numeric preference for green proposals.

18 National Housing Trust Safeguarding Affordable Housing Green Incentives and Policies QAP Incentives (continued): A number of states currently encourage green preservation by offering separate project scoring criteria, for example:  North Dakota’s 2007 QAP includes a weighting system by which preservation properties earn more points than new construction for each green criterion met.  Utah’s Draft QAP requires new construction developments to meet higher energy efficiency thresholds than preservation proposals.  California’s 2007 QAP and Regulations provide dual standards for certain energy efficiency and building material selection criteria and provide some green project point categories for which only preservation proposals are eligible.

19 National Housing Trust Safeguarding Affordable Housing Green Incentives and Policies In addition to housing tax credit program incentives, 43 states have crafted additional green building initiatives. These innovative incentives include:  Net-metering 42 States  Income tax credits/deductions 16 States  Special property tax assessments22 States  Sales tax exemptions 15 States  Green grants 16 States  Favorable loans for green developments14 States  Renewable energy production incentives 12 States  Green rebates 14 States  Preference for green building permits4 States  Utility rebates (All states have at least one participating utility)

20 Michael Bodaken   Address: th St, NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC  Phone: (202)  Web: National Housing Trust For more information:


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