Low-Income Housing Tax Credits & Sustainable Development in Nevada, 2018

Nevada’s 2018 QAP includes points and threshold requirements for energy performance. 

Green and Sustainable Communities

The 2018 QAP requires Project Sponsors to comply with the Division’s Energy Efficiency Requirements. Sponsors are required to meet pre- and post -construction energy analysis for new construction or rehabilitation projects.

All proposed projects must meet the following mandatory requirements:

Energy Conservation Requirements: Applicant/Co-Applicants and Project Sponsors must comply with the Minimum Energy Efficiency Requirements specified in this section as a condition of receiving the Carryover Allocation or Final Allocation of Tax Credits. Energy conservation requirements as outlined in the EPA Energy Star Home Program apply to the residential units only; these standards do not apply to the common areas. By submitting the application, Applicant/Co-Applicants agrees to comply with all of the Division’s Energy Efficiency Requirements. Failure to do so will result in a revocation of the Carryover Allocation or Final Tax Credit allocation, as applicable.

Smart Designs

A maximum of 16 points will be awarded for Smart Design. Specific verifiable documentation must be supplied for all points claimed. Pictures with referenced land marks and/or legible signs indicating bike and pedestrian paths are required to take credit for points if there is no official on-line documentation of the amenity on a map or website.

Nevada based companies – Applicant/Co-Applicants agree to employ at least 2 third-party Nevada based companies (contractors, accountants, attorneys, architects, etc.) in the development process and provide certification as to their use upon Division request. Nevada products – projects can demonstrate the use of products and goods manufactured by Nevada-based corporations that are incorporated into the development (must submit a list of Nevada-based corporations and products that will be utilized in the development) Must provide certification as to their use upon Division request.

A. Up to eight points for the installation of renewable energy sources (e.g., photovoltaics, wind power). Renewable energy sources that offset the project’s total estimated electricity demand by:

At least 5% (4 points),

Greater than 5% up to 10% (6 points),

Greater than 10% (8 points).

Application must contain a report by an electrical engineer detailing the project’s projected energy demand and a plan for installing enough renewable energy to produce the energy offset required.

B. One point for foam board wall sheathing used on exterior walls (minimum R-4 nominal in southern Nevada and R-5 nominal in northern Nevada), or for blowin/ spray fiberglass, cellulose or foam wall insulation – 1 point

C. Two points for structural insulated panels (SIPs) or insulated concrete forms – 2 points

D. Energy Efficient Systems

Energy Star qualifying gas tankless, heat pump, solar or gas condensing hot water heaters. (1 Point)

Commercial water heaters or boilers (1 Point)

Appliances with a thermal efficiency of 94% or higher (2 Points)

To receive points in this category the appliances must conform to Division Energy Standards and be approved by Barbara Collins from ERH West (bcollins@erhwest.com) within 60 days of application. Approval requests must be sent into ERH West no later than 14 days prior to the application deadline in order to be considered for the 2018 QAP. Include in your application a letter or email showing the exact specifications, make and model that you have submitted for approval and the approval response from ERH West. The Division will not go back and obtain approval of your submission if not already pre-approved in your package - ½ point

Contributed By: 
National Housing Trust

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