Low Income Housing Tax Credits & Energy Efficiency in Virginia, 2017

Virginia's 2017 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) includes incentives for energy efficiency.

Virginia’s 2017 QAP awards up to 45 points for green building certification. The QAP awards 15 points for LEED Silver or EarthCraft certified developments; 30 points for LEED Gold or EarthCraft Gold developments; and 45 points for LEED Platinum or EarthCraft Platinum developments. 

In addition, Virginia awards points for specific green design characteristics and project amenities. Points are awarded for Energy Star windows and appliances, WaterSense faucets and showerheads, and energy efficient heat and cooling equipment. 

Renewable Energy

  • 5 points if every unit in the development is heated and cooled with a geothermal heat pump that meets the EPA’s Energy Star qualified program requirements. 
  • If the development has a solar electric system that will remain unshaded year round, be oriented to within 15 degrees of true south, and be angled horizontally within 15 degrees of latitude. (1 point for each 2% of the development’s electrical load that can be met by the solar electric system, up to 10 points)


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