- 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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Energy Performance Contract after RAD ClosingCan a RAD project take on an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) after RAD closing?
After the RAD closing, the project will no longer be public housing, and the public housing EPC program would not be applicable. However, many PHAs are finding that RAD allows them, essentially, to create their own EPC. By locking in the current funding under RAD, the PHA will benefit from utility savings.
Energy Savings for PBRA ConversionThe energy savings provision of the new HUD RAD notice (Attachment 1C, pages 116-118 of the Notice REV-2) allows PHAs to apply 75% of the energy savings back to the contract rent. (1) When can a PHA apply the energy savings?; 2) How does it get documented?; 3) Can the PHA take the energy savings in the first year of the new HAP?
(1) The Notice provides that, for rehab projects, the energy savings will result in an increase to the post-rehab rents (at the RAD closing the PBRA HAP contract will specify both pre-rehab and post-rehab rents). Thus, you must complete the rehab before the energy savings can be applied. For new construction, the energy savings can be applied once construction is completed. (2) The Notice discusses documentation requirements at the bottom of page 116 and top of page 117. "PHAs can submit UA projections performed by a professional engineer, based on the project’s plans and specifications that, at a minimum, take into account specific factors including, but not limited to, unit size, building orientation, design. and materials, mechanical systems, appliances, and characteristics of the building location. The projections must be submitted in the RAD UA Projections Template." Note that approval is at HUD's discretion. (3) See item (1) regarding timing of the increase in RAD Contract Rent.