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

Louisiana’s 2017 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) uses energy efficiency as a threshold requirement. Energy efficiency requirements apply to the building envelope, HVAC, and appliances.

Rehabilitation Projects are not required to adhere to the minimum Energy Efficiency requirements unless: 

  • The Capital Needs Assessment requires replacement of the item; 
  • The applicant chooses to replace an item; or 
  • The Corporation in consultation with the Corporation’s contracted underwriter, determines that an early replacement of an item with a more energy efficient system substantially improves the quality of life for residents with substantial benefits attributable to reduce deposits to reserves for replacement and/or reductions in operating expenses.
Minimum Design Requirements
All residential building envelope designs shall exceed the energy efficiency requirements of the LSUCC, 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and the prescriptive requirements of Energy Star Qualified Homes (IECC) and the prescriptive requirements of Energy Star Qualified Homes latest version.
All rehabilitated single family structures are encouraged to improve the energy efficiency of the dwelling. An energy audit is encouraged; however, prescriptive methods may be utilized to achieve base efficiency ratings.
Third Party Standards
Louisiana awards points for projects that incorporate the following third party standards:
  • LEED Criteria
  • Green Communities Criteria
  • National Green Building Standard ICC 700 Criteria
  • EarthCraft Criteria
Contributed By: 
National Housing Trust

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