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

Nevada's 2016 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) includes requirements for energy efficiency. 

Energy Audits/Energy Modeling

Nevada's 2016 QAP requires all projects to undergo pre-rehabilitation energy analysis and energy audit.

Pre-construction energy analysis

  • The Division contracts with a qualified residential energy analysis company to perform a pre-construction energy analysis of the proposed project and an energy audit of the existing dwellings. The output from the pre-construction energy analysis must include the Division's Summary of Energy Saving recommendations form listing the most cost-effective energy saving measures for achieving the requiring efficiency level. Installation of the energy saving measures listed on the form is mandatory for rehabilitation projects. 

Interim Energy Analysis and Inspection during Project Rehabilitation.

  • The Division will perform interim energy analysis and inspections of a selected sample of residential units during project construction. 

Final Energy Analysis

  • 60 days prior to project completion, the Division will perform a final energy analysis of the project that includes: (a) Energy analysis to determine the overall energy efficiency of the project and inspections of ceiling, wall and floor insulations, (b) Blower-Door test to determine unit air leakage within residential units; (c) Physical inspection of the buildings and units to determine whether the energy efficiency measures identified in the pre-construction energy analysis have been installed.

 Green/Integrated Capital Needs Assessment

In addition to the energy audit (described above) Nevada's 2016 QAP requires all applicants undertaking acquisition/rehabilitation projects to provide a list of planned energy conservation expenses by component as part of the Capital Needs Assessment.

Energy Performance-based requirements and incentives

Nevada's 2016 QAP requires acquisition/rehabilitation projects to meet an overall energy efficiency level that is equivalent to a minimum of 10% above the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code as determined by a REM-Rate analysis. Acquisition/rehabilitation projects are also required to install cost-effective energy savings measures based on the output from the pre-construction energy analysis. New construction projects are required to have an overall energy efficiency rating equivalent to EPA's Energy Star Home Program Version 2.5.

Contributed By: 
National Housing Trust

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