- Green Building and Energy Efficiency. For all projects retrofitted under a RAD conversion, if systems and appliances are being replaced as part of the Work identified in the approved Financing Plan and RCC, at a minimum PHAs shall complete replacements with Energy Star®, WaterSense® or Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)-designated products and appliances, if any such designation is available for the applicable system or appliance.8 Additionally, PHAs shall utilize the most energy- and water-efficient options that are financially feasible and that are found to be cost-effective by the CAN described above. The CAN will provide detailed analyses of energy-saving alternatives and other green building components, including payback and cost/saving analyses. PHAs are strongly encouraged, for all RAD conversion projects, to scope rehabilitation and ongoing replacements that utilize the components that the CAN indicates make financial sense, and other components that the CAN indicates will improve indoor air quality and/or reduce overall environmental impact where those components have little or no cost premium, consistent with the principles and best practices of the green building industry.
Where a PHA is planning to use a RAD conversion in conjunction with new construction, projects shall at a minimum meet or exceed the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) or the ASHRAE 90.1-2007 standard or any successor code that is adopted by HUD under the requirements of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. All new construction projects are encouraged to meet or exceed the requirements for Energy Star for New Homes or Energy Star for Multifamily High Rise buildings. Further, in new construction and applicable retrofit projects, HUD strongly encourages the use of industry-recognized, green building certifications, such as the US Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System, Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, the National Green Building Standard, Green Globes, GreenPoint Rating, EarthCraft, Earth Advantage, Passive House, or Living Buildings.
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