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Engineered Utility Allowances: Increasing Sustainability of LIHTC Properties and Improving Quality o

Neighborworks America
6/23/2016

Engineered Utility Allowances: Increasing Sustainability of LIHTC Properties and Improving Quality of Life for Residents

Author(s)/Creator(s): Community Housing Partners

The following study details the results of our pilot project. Consultants evaluated the effectiveness of engineered energy calculation models to adjust utility allowances at affordable housing properties across the United States. We then engaged Community Housing Partners (CHP) to assess the results.

The results indicate that using the engineered utility allowance method to estimate usage and costs can be beneficial for affordable housing properties in two ways.
  1. Owners and managers of LIHTC properties will find it easier to fund and recover investments in energy efficiency.
  2. Pairing the engineered energy calculation method with a resident education program can be used to improve resident use and understanding of energy-efficient components in their homes.

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