Green Affordable Housing: Rounding the First Turn
Clean Technology 2008

Green Affordable Housing: Rounding the First Turn

M. Colgrove, L. Falk, S. Allen, M. Lorentzen, T. Rooney

green, affordable, energy, LEED

In early 2007, NYSERDA transformed a number of multifamily programs into one program that would effectively address energy-efficiency in the multifamily sector. The resulting Multifamily Performance Program, recipient of ACEEE’s Exemplary Program award, was released to very positive reactions from multifamily owners and developers. The New Construction component of this program is part of an EPA pilot to develop an ENERGY STAR labeling protocol for high-rise multifamily buildings. This pilot tests the ability of using energy modeling, per ASHRAE 90.1-2004 Appendix G, to develop energy-efficient buildings. In tandem, the Green Affordable Housing component provides additional assistance to green, affordable projects pursuing both this Program and LEED Silver certification or higher, using either LEED for Homes or LEED-NC. It will address the needs of these projects to improve the energy-efficiency, health, safety and security as they are planned, designed, and constructed. We will highlight the first-year experiences gained from designing and rolling out this unique and comprehensive program. For each of the components, we will describe the issues that arose as the Program hit the street so that the lessons learned can be applied in other similar programs. The session will conclude with a summary of Program accomplishments to date.