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

Pennsylvania's 2016 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) and application information include requirements and incentives for energy efficiency. 

Energy Audits/Energy Modeling

Pennsylvania's 2016 Underwriting Application requires all preservation developments to submit a diagnostic and comprehensive energy audit prepared by a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified Multifamily Building Analyst in accordance with PHFA guidelines. The energy audit report must be included in the application. Measures to reduce both development-paid and tenant-paid utilities must be evaluated. For the purposes of the energy audit, a preservation development is any currently-occupied residential housing development and is not limited to applicants seeking Tax Credits through the Preservation Preference outlined in the Allocation Plan.

Energy performance-based requirements or incentives

Pennsylvania's 2016 QAP includes points for projects meeting energy efficiency goals. Within this category points are awarded to developments that exceed the requirements of Energy Star v. 3.0 by achieving a lower HERS Index Score. New construction projects must achieve a reduced HERS Index Score of 60 or less without solar PV for 100% electric dwellings, or 50 or less without solar PV for dwellings/buildings utilizing gas. Substantial rehabilitation projects must achieve a HERS Index Score of 70 or less without solar PV for 100% electric dwellings, or 60 or less without solar PV for dwellings/buildings utilizing gas. Moderate rehabilitation projects must achieve a HERS Index Score of 80 or less without solar PV for 100% electric buildings or 75 or less for dwellings/buildings utilizing gas.

Contributed By: 
National Housing Trust

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