Low-Income Housing Tax Credits & Energy Efficiency in Pennsylvania, 2017

Pennsylvania's 2017 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) awards points to developments that commit to energy efficiency.

Energy Efficiency Goals 

Pennsylvania awards points for Energy Efficiency Goals. 5 points may be awarded to developments that exceed the requirements of Energy Star Version 3.0 by achieving a lower HERS Index as specified in the guidelines. 10 points may be awarded to developments which meet Passive House Requirements for energy efficiency. 

Innovation in Design - The Agency will hold a juried competition encouraging demonstrated innovation in housing which may be illustrated through excellence in design, implementation of current and future energy efficient technologies and materials and leveraging community and capital resources and will reserve Tax Credits to the winning development(s).

Third Party Standards

  • Certification under a national Green Building Program. Ten (10) points may be given to new construction and substantial rehabilitation developments achieving certification under one of the following green building standards: 
    • Enterprise Green Communities – 2015 o LEED v4 BD+C Homes & Multifamily Lowrise (1-3 stories) – Silver 
    • LEED v4 BD+C Multifamily Midrise (4-8 stories) – Silver 
    • LEED v4 BD+C New Construction & Major renovation (over 8 stories) – Silver 
    • ICC/ASHRAE 700 National Green Building Standard – Silver
  • Ten (10) points may be given to preservation developments achieving certification under one of the following green building standards: 
    • Enterprise Green Communities – 2015 – Moderate Rehab 
    • LEED v4 O+M – Multifamily - Certified o ICC/ASHRAE 700 National Green Building Standard – Silver 
      • Under Section 305.3 – Whole Building Rating – Bronze
      • Under Section 305.4 – Functional Areas Rating – Compliant with Chapter 12 (must include kitchens and bathrooms)
Green/Integrated Capital Needs Assessment

Project Capital Needs Assessment – A Project Capital Needs Assessment (PCNA) must be completed by an independent third party not involved in the design or preparation of drawings and specifications for the development. A minimum of $20,000 per unit in construction costs on major systems and components is required to be considered for funding from the Preservation Preference. Refer to the PCNA Requirements for specific guidelines on completing this Assessment. The date of the Assessment must be less than 18 months prior to the submission date of the Application. To the greatest extent possible the design should include the scope of work to provide up to 5% of the units meeting current accessibility standards and up to 2% meeting current audible/visual standards. Further, VisitAbility features should be included in the design for as many units as economically feasible.
 
Energy Audits/Energy Modeling 
 
Energy Audit - A diagnostic and comprehensive energy audit prepared by a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified Multifamily Building Analyst must be conducted in accordance with the PHFA guidelines attached. The energy audit report must be included in the application. Measures to reduce both development-paid and tenant-paid utilities must be evaluated. The date of the Assessment must be less than 18 months prior to the submission date of the Application.
 
Energy Performance-based Requirements and Incentives 
 
5 points may be awarded to developments that exceed the requirements of Energy Star Version 3.0 by achieving a lower HERS Index as specified in the guidelines. 10 points may be awarded to developments which meet Passive House Requirements for energy efficiency.
 
Contributed By: 
National Housing Trust

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