Low Income Housing Tax Credits & Energy Efficiency in Kansas, 2016

Kansas' 2016 Qualified Allocation Plan includes requirements and incentives for energy efficiency. 

Energy Audits/Energy Modeling

Kansas' 2016 QAP requires new construction developments to meet or exceed a HERS Index Score of 100 established by the 2006 International Conservation Code (IECC). For existing structures, an energy audit conducted by a KHRC approved home energy rater must be provided on each building prior to the preparation of the final work rehabilitation order. The rater, the owner and KHRC will determine the feasibility of meeting the requirements of IECC prior to the start of rehabilitation. If it is determined to be feasible to meet the IECC standards, appropriate specifications will be written into the work order. If it is not feasible to meet the requirements of IECC, the rater will provide information indicating effective and cost-effective energy improvements that could be included as a part of the rehabilitation development. At the completion of the rehabilitation, an energy audit by a KHRC energy rater is required to verify that the rehabilitation work on each building meets the standards of IECC or includes recommended energy performance measures designed to achieve energy use reductions projected as a part of the initial performance audit and consultation.

Energy performance-based requirements and incentives

Kansas' 2016 QAP awards points to both new construction, rehabilitation or historic conversion projects that achieve a reduced HERS Index Score for all buildings on a tiered scale: HERS Index Score of 85-78 = 10 points; 77-71= 15 points; 70 and below = 20 points. 10 points are also available for rehabilitation or historic conversion projects that exceed the requirements of the IECC.

Contributed By: 
National Housing Trust