Low Income Housing Tax Credits & Sustainable Development in Illinois, 2018-2019

Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) 2018-2019 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) award points for green initiative standards.

Green Building: Projects whose architectural design and construction meet or exceed energy efficiency and green criteria either by providing additional elements from the Sustainable Design Checklist or by certifying to one of the following certification methods listed below can earn up to three (3) points as follows:

Points

Sustainable Design Checklist Elements

1

3 additional elements selected from the Sustainable Design Checklist

2

5-7 additional elements selected from the Sustainable Design Checklist

3

10 additional elements selected from the Sustainable Design Checklist

OR

Points

Certification Methods

3

  • Minimum LEED for Homes Silver or other LEED NC certification level, or
  • Enterprise Green Communities Certification, or
  • NAHB National Green Building Standard Certification, or
  • Passive House Institute of the United States (PHIUS) Passive House Certification, or another pre-approved Net-Zero Capable certification.

Projects that involve the rehabilitation of existing buildings can earn up to seven (7) points. The rehabilitation must contain at least a minimum budget of $25,000 per unit, and include the following minimum Project scope:

  • Replacement of all unit and common area kitchen and bathroom cabinets and counter tops
  • Replacement of all plumbing fixtures within the entire project with fixtures meeting with the fixture criteria identified in the Standards for Architectural Planning and Construction document available on the website
  • Replacement of all electrical fixtures with Energy Star fixtures
  • Replacement of all flooring throughout the project
  • Repair/Replacement of one additional major system (furnaces, water heaters, central boilers, air conditioning equipment, elevator, windows, roofing, tuck-pointing of exterior masonry, etc.) throughout the entire building
  • The Authority may waive any of the above items based on the Property Needs Assessment.

IHDA’s 2016-17 QAP awards up to 7 points for projects that involve the rehabilitation of existing buildings, depending on the percentage of hard residential construction costs.

  • 3 points: 25.0% - 49.99% of Hard Residential Construction Costs Attributable to Rehabilitation
  • 5 points: 50.0% - 74.99% of Hard Residential Construction Costs Attributable to Rehabilitation
  • 7 points: 75.0% or more of Hard Residential Construction Costs Attributable to Rehabilitation

 

Contributed By: 
National Housing Trust

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