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Clean Energy Finance 101

As innovative energy products and services come to market, so do new mechanisms to fund them. And existing funding options become more popular. This has resulted in a boom of finance jargon, especially regarding energy efficiency and renewable generation. Though many of the finance terms used in clean energy finance are similar to those used in traditional finance, it’s easy to get lost. We hope this glossary will help those in clean energy navigate the new and growing world of clean energy finance.
ESCO On-Bill Utility Payment PACE Renewable Energy

Green & Healthy Property Management: A Guide for Multifamily Buildings

Through our work in the Green Retrofit Initiative we learned that there are many ways to improve the energy performance of a property, maximize the health of residents, and decrease safety hazards. In creating this guide we actively engaged three CDCs and their third-party property managers to comb through applicable green and healthy goals, the thresholds for action, and the responsibility of each party. In the same way, we hope others will use this document as an organizational policy, adopted by executive leadership, and a working procedures manual for ensuring high-performing physical assets while improving the health and safety of residents. LISC created this Guide to help affordable housing owners define and pursue measures to reduce the use of energy, water, and harmful chemicals in their properties, reduce waste generated on site, create healthier living environments for residents, and reduce the carbon and environmental footprint associated with residential properties. Owners and property managers are encouraged to review the sample policies and practices and tailor them to meet their needs.
Energy Audit Landscaping Property Management Resident Engagement Water

ACEEE's State and Local Policy Database

ACEEE's new State and Local Policy Database includes comprehensive information on energy efficiency policies currently implemented at the state and local level. The database tracks policy activity across multiple sectors, including state and local governments, utilities, transportation, buildings, combined heat and power, and appliance standards. Users can click on a state or city on the database map to learn more about the specific policies that encourage energy efficiency. Users can also look at a particular policy type and compare the approaches of all states or cities to that topic...

Covering The Gap: Utility Allowances and Innovative Strategies to Pursue Energy Efficiency Retrofits

Topics include:
-What is a utility allowance and why they important?
-Methods for UA calculation
-Complexities and barriers to increased rents
-Workaround and potential solutions
-On bill repayment
On-Bill Utility Payment Utility Allowance

Five Strategies for Engaging Residents on Sustainability

New affordable housing can be decked out with all of the latest green innovations as well as energy-efficient and water-conserving features, but maintaining a green development after construction takes additional work from property managers and residents. Five nonprofit and for-profit developers from around the country shared with Affordable Housing Finance their top strategies for engaging residents in the green features of their communities.
Resident Engagement

Greening Work Styles: An Analysis of Energy Behavior Programs in the Workplace

This report focuses on energy behavior programs in the workplace, which are designed and conducted by building owners and renters to reduce building energy use through change in employees' attitudes and behaviors.
O&M Resident Engagement

Developing a Focus for Green Building Occupant Training Materials

With the shift from conventional to green buildings a need emerges to train staff on how to work within them. Building occupants control many of the green building technologies, which makes it necessary to educate occupants on the difference between using a green building versus a conventional building in order to secure the green building's success.
Resident Engagement

Common Ground Community Green Behavior Programs

In addition to our commitment to green design, Common Ground works to foster and promote healthy/green living and energy efficiency among the staff and tenants of our permanent supportive housing sites. Our goal is create a culture of self sufficiency as well as healthy living/green lifestyle among our tenant populations. Specifically, we work to offer our tenants activities and/or programs that promote healthy lifestyles and increases tenants’ knowledge of environmentally friendly practices for everyday living. We also encourage our staff to model healthy, green and energy efficient behavior for our tenants through established practices that we incorporate across Common Ground buildings.
Resident Engagement

Changing Household Behaviors to Curb Climate Change: How Hard Can it Be?

he residential sector contributes over 20% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. In an Environment article published two years ago, Gardner and Stern identified a short list of the 27 most effective actions U.S. households could take to decrease their contributions to climate change, suggesting that altering the selection and use of everyday technologies could reduce household energy consumption by nearly 30%. Examples include tuning up the car twice a year, replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), and installing more efficient air conditioning and heating units.

Buildings that learn – the role of building operators

Energy efficiency in buildings is dependent on many different factors; the material quality of the building, and the various technologies implemented. Nonetheless, the use and the users of buildings are also of great significance. This paper analyses building operators and their role in making buildings \"work\". Building operators may be viewed as an important user group in buildings. In contrast with \"end-users\", a group that has been much studied over the last years, building operators have special competence in operating the building and thus also have a better opportunity to influence the innovation process. The paper argues that the building operators may be seen as important actors in optimizing energy efficiency in buildings. Furthermore, it argues that they hold tacit and experience based knowledge that could be utilised to a greater extent in the design and construction phase and not only in the operation phase. Building operators negotiate between users, technologies and the building, and thus, their understanding of and knowledge about the building is vital for reaching goals of energy efficiency.
O&M Report/Research Brief

A Retrofit for Sustainability: Meeting Occupants’ Needs within Environmental Limits

The terms “Sustainable Development” and “Sustainable Building” are often overused and ill-defined. A refocus on the core meaning basically results in two requirements with regard to buildings: 1) stay within nature’s limits, and 2) design according to human needs. In this context, the socio-technical system “dwellers and building” not only has to be “green” but “green enough”. There is strong evidence about what green enough means: altogether 80 kWh/m2a primary energy for heat (space heat, DHW) and embodied energy. Yet even in new buildings, almost nobody meets his dwelling needs with this small amount of energy. But the most prodigal energy needs prevail in existing buildings. SOLANOVA applies the know-how from new “green enough” buildings to a real retrofit of a typical building with 42 flats in Hungary. Similar developments contain about 34 million flats in Eastern Europe alone. SOLANOVA is meant to serve as a best practice example for all of Europe, and therefore, gets support from the European Commission. The project demonstrates how to stay within environmental limits while meeting the dwellers’ needs even in a retrofit situation. Initial interviews with all the dwellers in SOLANOVA revealed the topics that really matter to inhabitants as well as crucial behavioural patterns. These insights were fed into the design in order to exploit the full potential for increased well-being and energy savings of more than 80%. The retrofit was finished in October 2005.
Resident Engagement Retrofit

2013 QAP Analysis: Green Building Criteria in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Programs

Since 2006, Global Green USA has completed a regular review of QAPs and established a national performance ranking for the green building practices promoted by the QAPs.
Regulations Report/Research Brief

A New Idea for Recycling in Multifamily

Waste Management has a new way to add recycling to multifamily properties that are short on available space.

Developing a long term portfolio strategy for investing in energy efficiency

There are many discrete financial and regulatory events that may prompt an owner to upgrade a Multifamily building. However, in general, there are a few specific events in a Multifamily building’s Lifecycle when it is typically more cost effective, convenient and efficient to make savings and energy improvements.
Portfolio Upgrade Retrofit

Benchmarking Disclosures – What action is needed now by Multifamily Owners?

Understanding the different ordinances – it can be a jungle out there! There is no National Legislation that requires consistent compliance. Cities and States are driving this issue independently. So the answer is: it depends on where the property is located.
Benchmarking Regulations

The “hidden” roadblocks to energy efficiency

In addition to the common and well-known barriers that inhibit greater investment in energy efficiency technologies (e.g., split incentives, whole building information, initial investment costs and ROI, privacy etc.), there is a class of barriers that has received less attention.
Barriers Regulations

Another roadblock to Energy Management in Multifamily – The availability of “Whole Building” utility data

Benchmarking the energy performance of a property—that is, measuring it and comparing it to similar properties—requires utility data on energy consumption and load over at least 24 contiguous months . Owners and operators of multifamily properties must have access to this utility data for the whole building in order to benchmark it accurately. However, whole-building energy data is often difficult for them to obtain.
Benchmarking Submetering Utility Incentives & Programs

What are the Motivators in Multifamily for Energy Management?

If you have even casually looked into energy management services for your portfolio, have you noticed the wide range of opinions and options? The differences are more significant than simply positioning. It is a more difficult (and meaningful) choice than asking “Do I want a Coke? Or Pepsi?”
Non-Energy Benefits Portfolio Upgrade

Does the Owner Resident Split-Incentive issue in Multifamily cause a roadblock to Energy Management?

In order for a property to be truly energy efficient, the interests of both the owner and residents must be aligned in favor of sustainability. Unfortunately, traditional lease arrangements often do the opposite, and skew the interests of both parties...
Incentives Resident Engagement Split Incentive

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