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The SAHLLN Resource Hub is a central repository for information on financing energy and water efficiency and renewable energy in multifamily affordable housing properties. These resources are recommended by members of our network of affordable multifamily housing lenders, including Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), housing finance agencies (HFAs), major financial institutions, and specialized green financing entities. Please help us grow this resource hub by submitting a resource!

Environmental Defense Fund

The potential energy efficiency market is estimated at $1 trillion, but in order to scale up to this level, the energy efficiency finance industry will need to become more standardized. EDF established the Investor Confidence Project (ICP) to transform the energy efficiency market by streamlining transactions and increasing the reliability of...

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DOE Better Buildings Challenge | 2014

The Palatka Housing Authority is a small- to medium-sized public housing authority (PHA) that owns and manages 420 units across seven properties in north-central Florida. Similar to the experience of many smaller public housing authorities, Palatka Housing Authority lacks not only significant capital and operating funds, but also the ability to...

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Bright Power, Inc. and Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future | June 2014

With the support of the MacArthur Foundation and Bright Power, SAHF developed the Multifamily Retrofit Report on the results of two retrofit programs – the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Green Retrofit Program and the Energy Savers program run by Elevate Energy in the greater Chicago area.

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DOE Better Buildings Challenge | 2013

Built in 1974, Los Robles, a property in CA, was acquired by EAH Housing in 1995 under the Low Income Housing Preservation and Residential Homeownership Act (LIHPRHA). The property’s 140 units are spread across 19 two-story buildings in a campus-like setting. Initial energy use at Los Robles continued to increase over time due to the multifamily...

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DOE Better Buildings Challenge | 2013

City Gardens consists of 274 apartments in 27 two-story, “garden style” buildings spread across 11.9 acres in a densely-populated area of Orange County, California. Each building contains a mix of studio, one- and two- bedroom apartments serving low-income residents. City Gardens was constructed in 1969 and underwent a major rehabilitation when...

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Natural Resources Defense Council | 2013

On-bill financing programs are a promising way for utilities to help their customers invest in energy efficiency improvements, such as upgrading to a high-efficiency air conditioner or adding insulation. These improvements can deliver valuable efficiency to the utility, reduce customers’ energy expenses, improve the value of properties, create...

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Elevate Energy | January 2013

Energy efficiency improvements in the Boulevard Apartments resulted in a 10% reduction in utility costs. This is equivalent to $12,624, which represents 17 months’ rent, annual maintenance for 15 units or a 27% reduction in rental vacancy loss as a percentage of potential receipts.

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Institute for Market Transformation | 2012

This report is intended to serve as a guide for policymakers and multifamily stakeholders on benchmarking and disclosure rules and regulations. It provides an introduction to the multifamily housing sector, followed by a thorough review of existing benchmarking and disclosure policies and an assessment of continuing policy challenges and...

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Clean Energy Finance Center, Sustainable Real Estate Solutions, Pace Now | April 2012

In the United States, there are nearly 4.8 million buildings that represent the commercial real estate (CRE) market. Building owners are beginning to see that energy efficient retrofits can increase property values. Small-scale retrofits in the CRE market have paved the way for deep (large scale) retrofits that reduce a buildings energy usage by a...

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Deutsche Bank | January 2012

Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation instigated this project to encourage the financial industry to scale up financing of building energy efficiency retrofits. Deutsche Bank has a long history of supporting multifamily / affordable housing through its community development finance capabilities, and throughout the world the Bank has played a...

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