Low Income Housing Tax Credits & Sustainable Development in Connecticut, 2018

Connecticut's 2018 Qualified Allocation Plan includes incentives for green building, energy efficiency, and sustainable communities.

Sustainable Design

The Connecticut 2018 QAP awards points upon the Sustainable Design Measures (SDM) provided and indicated in the plans, specifications, Energy Conservation Plan, third-party Energy Consultant’s / Professional Engineer’s report, and/or other supporting documents as outlined in the Standards. Points for Sustainable Design Measures described below are additive. There is a maximum of 6 points available to be awarded.

 

Measure

Description

Available Points

Passive House Design

 

Points may be awarded for projects designed to meet Passive House standards. Submit plans and specifications at a level of 90% and in accordance with the Guideline for Passive House.

3

High-performance Building Design

 

Minor, Moderate or Substantial Rehabilitations – Projected reduction in energy consumption ≥ 33%

Gut Rehabilitation/ New Construction: Projected energy cost savings ≥ 23% over current ASHRAE Standards.

2

Renewable Energy System

 

Provide a roof-top, building- or landscape integrated Photovoltaic (PV) system providing ≥ 33% of site lighting energy requirements, or an ENERGY STAR-qualified central geothermal HVAC system.

1

 

Water Conservation

Plant Preservation: A tree expert (certified arborist, landscape architect, or individual with a professional degree in forestry or related field) shall be retained to create a Plant Preservation Site Plan which identifies and designates healthy trees and of different ages and sizes that to be protected during all construction activities, to coordinate with landscape architects, engineers and utility managers to place improvements where the impact on trees will be minimized, and to provide guidance for aftercare to help trees recover from the stress of construction.

1.       The Plant Preservation Site Plan shall also identify healthy ornamental and native plants not included within tree-save or undisturbed areas of the site, which can be expected to survive being relocated, stored and replanted, or to be made available for relocation by others, prior to the area being disturbed, and provide notes and specifications for such relocation. In general, healthy trees 3½" in diameter or greaterin the path of proposed buildings and site construction features shall be considered for transplantation

2.       Trees that are marked to be preserved on the Plant Preservation Site Plan, and for which utilities must pass through their root zones, shall not have surface-dug trenches. The site engineer shall indicate tunnels to be dug through, or trenches around, root zones and provide details, notes and specifications.

Low-water landscape designs, such as xeriscaping, are encouraged. Select slow-growing, adaptable and drought-tolerant plants which withstand rainfall shortages and utilize less water for irrigation. Soil shall be tested and amended to improve the growth of plants and grasses.

3rd Party Green Building

All proposed energy performance-related fabrications, equipment, fixtures, controls and appliances must meet or exceed the prescriptive requirements of ENERGY STAR Certified Homes or ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise (MFHR) Programs (current versions), or as otherwise indicated in these Standards or other programmatic funding requirements.

Required Energy Official 

Connecticut’s 2018 Construction Guidelines provides a detailed description of the role of the "energy consultant" throughout the development process: 

 

1.Initial Assessment: Energy consultants discuss goals (such as ENERGY STAR Certification) and potential EE/RE opportunities with owners and property managers;

2. Energy Audit: Energy consultants perform a building study and present recommendations, including possible utility incentives and rebates Note: CHFA recommends a minimum sample of residential energy use information from 10% of the units, and at least one of each unit type (number of bedrooms), to be used to estimate the total residential energy usage. However, in order to obtain the most accurate Energy Audit results, current energy usage information for the residential portions of buildings should include data from as many dwelling units as possible. In developments where the residents pay for their own utilities, individual lessees will have to agree to provide such information. Owners of all developments are strongly encouraged to draft a lease rider, which permits such information to be obtained directly from the utility companies; 3. Solution Design: Energy consultants develop a scope of work for competitive bid;

4. Project Finance: Energy consultants and owners compare available options and secure funding, including utility incentives and rebates;

5. Competitive Procurement: Energy consultants solicit and analyze bids; owners sign construction and incentive contracts; 6. Installation: Energy consultants provide field observation and construction contract administration;

 7. Incentives Acquisition: Energy consultants provide required test results, reports and certificates to the utilities for release of incentives and rebates; and,

 

8. Post-project: Energy consultants and owners may pursue ENERGY STAR certification

 

Capital/Physical Needs Assessment

Connecticut’s 2018 Construction Guidelines mandates that for minor, moderate or substantial rehab projects, the owner/Developer must commission a Capital Needs Assessment (CNA) report, including a comprehensive energy assessment, in accordance with CHFA CNA requirements, in order to assess the physical condition and energy efficiency of the existing facilities, to determine the scope and budget for the proposed rehabilitation, and to establish a 20-year life-cycle replacement budget. For Gut Rehab Projects, the Owner/Developer commissions a Structural Needs Assessment report in accordance with CHFA requirements

 

 

 

 

Contributed By: 
National Housing Trust

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