Low-Income Housing Tax Credits & Sustainable Development in Kansas, 2018 - Green & Sustainable Communities

In their 2018 Qualified Allocation Plan, Kansas Housing Resources Corporation provides clear energy and efficiency standards for projects seeking tax credits.

Green and Sustainable Communities

There are no point incentives for green or sustainable developments, though new construction developments must meet or exceed the Overall U-Value standards with an Energy Rating Index (ERI) of 75 or less as established by the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Rehabilitation of existing structures must meet or exceed the Overall U-Value standards with an ERI index of 100 or less as established by the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code. Developers of historic building rehabilitation and conversions are required to make a best effort to achieve an ERI index of at least 100 which includes involving an energy rater at the earliest stages of planning.

Prior to the start of construction, the plans of each new development, rehabilitation or conversion must be reviewed and approved by a home energy rater to verify that the planned construction as per design and specifications will meet or exceed the above stated standards.

Up to five units with different floor plans and orientations for complexes of less than 50 units and up to 5% or a maximum of ten units in complexes of 50 or more units must be rated. The review must be documented with a letter from the rater to KHRC indicating whether the proposed construction, rehabilitation or conversion meets the appropriate standards. In the event that the proposed development does not meet the specified standards, the rater will provide suggestions for adjustments to the plans and specifications to ensure that the standards will be met. An energy audit performed by a home energy rater is required on each building after it is completed to verify that actual construction or rehabilitation (including conversions) meets the above listed requirements.

Exhibit G of the 2018 Kansas QAP contains energy efficiency recommended practices and specifications, such as achieving a minimum score of no more than 100 points using the Kansas Energy StarSM Energy Rating Index (ERI).

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National Housing Trust

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