MD DHCD Green Grant Rental Housing Energy Efficiency Program 
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) was one of the initial recipients of funding awarded by the MacArthur Foundation to advance an energy efficiency program for multifamily buildings, under the “Window of Opportunity” campaign, a $150 million, 10-year effort to preserve affordable rental housing. 
Maryland DHCD used a $75,000 grant, combined with  $200,000 in funding from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) to develop a Green Grant Rental Housing Energy Efficiency Program to promote energy improvements in affordable rental housing developments in communities that were slated to be impacted by federal Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.  DHCD joined with nine county governments in implementing the MD-BRAC Preservation Initiative to preserve affordable rental housing located in the path of the growth of over 25,000 new households anticipated to occur as a result of the BRAC process, counties including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.
The Green Grant provided reimbursement for the costs of an Energy Audit by multifamily property owners and U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) training and accreditation.  The program was undertaken as part of the State’s efforts to promote awareness of the benefits of energy efficiency and green building measures in tandem with the focus on rental housing preservation.  The “green grant” complemented DHCD’s Multifamily Energy Efficiency and Housing Affordability Program (MEEHA), which provided grants for the purchase and installation of energy efficiency and/or renewable energy improvements in affordable multifamily rental housing properties.  
The MEEHA program financed energy improvements in 49 projects with 5,196 units at $8.9 million in funding as of June 2012.   MD DHCD rebranded the program as MEEHA - EmPOWER Program. 
MEEHA-EmPOWER funding is available to two types of projects:
Pipeline – affordable multifamily projects in the process for award of DHCD rental financing for either new construction or acquisition and rehabilitation
Non-Pipeline – existing affordable multifamily rental projects seeking funding solely for energy efficiency improvements

  MD DHCD Green Grant Rental Housing Energy Efficiency Program 

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) was one of the initial recipients of funding awarded by the MacArthur Foundation to advance an energy efficiency program for multifamily buildings, under the “Window of Opportunity” campaign, a $150 million, 10-year effort to preserve affordable rental housing. 

Maryland DHCD used a $75,000 grant, combined with  $200,000 in funding from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) to develop a Green Grant Rental Housing Energy Efficiency Program to promote energy improvements in affordable rental housing developments in communities that were slated to be impacted by federal Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.  DHCD joined with nine county governments in implementing the MD-BRAC Preservation Initiative to preserve affordable rental housing located in the path of the growth of over 25,000 new households anticipated to occur as a result of the BRAC process, counties including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

The Green Grant provided reimbursement for the costs of an Energy Audit by multifamily property owners and U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) training and accreditation.  The program was undertaken as part of the State’s efforts to promote awareness of the benefits of energy efficiency and green building measures in tandem with the focus on rental housing preservation.  The “green grant” complemented DHCD’s Multifamily Energy Efficiency and Housing Affordability Program (MEEHA), which provided grants for the purchase and installation of energy efficiency and/or renewable energy improvements in affordable multifamily rental housing properties.  

The MEEHA program financed energy improvements in 49 projects with 5,196 units at $8.9 million in funding as of June 2012.   MD DHCD rebranded the program as MEEHA - EmPOWER Program

MEEHA-EmPOWER funding is available to two types of projects:

  • Pipeline – affordable multifamily projects in the process for award of DHCD rental financing for either new construction or acquisition and rehabilitation
  • Non-Pipeline – existing affordable multifamily rental projects seeking funding solely for energy efficiency improvements

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    Now Leasing Fenwick Apartments | LEED + TOD + IZ

Leasing has begun for the Fenwick Apartments, a six-story 310 unit multifamily property located at 8616 Second Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland, the former site of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) distribution center. The apartment building is located two blocks from the Silver Spring Metro and transit center.

Following Montgomery County’s Inclusionary Zoning provisions, that requires developers to include Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDU), the Fenwick is offering 39 affordable units among its studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments. 

The project is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.

Development Team:

  • Developer: Insight Property Group LLC of Arlington, Va. and Nova-Habitat LLC, Chevy Chase
  • SK&I - Lead Architect
  • Hord Coplan Macht Inc. - Landscape Architect
  • SR/A - Interior Designer
  • PNC Bank - Construction Lender
  • Eagle Bank - Acquisition Lender
  • John Moriarty & Associates - General Contractor
  • Loiederman Soltesz Associates Inc. - Civil Engineer
  • Bozutto Group – Property Manager 
                 DCRA 3rd Annual Green Building Symposium 
The DC Department of Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) held the third Annual Green Building Symposium on September 26, 2014 at the Washington Convention Center.   Attendees participated in sessions that provided updates on the city’s Green Construction Code, Energy Conservation Code, Green Building Act, Solar Energy, and Benchmarking.  Specific sessions included the following:
Track 1: Residential/Homeowners
Greening Your Home 101
Green Financing for Your Home
ProjectDOX for Beginners
Track 2: Best Practices in Green Building
Integrative Design
Building Science: IAQ + Ventilation
Green Operations + Maintenance 
Track 3: Green Permitting + Inspections
Greening Permitting + Inspections
Streamlining Solar Permitting
Supercharging Solar Permitting 
Track 4: Tools + Research
New Tools for Energy Benchmarking
DC’s Green Building Fund Program
Green Infrastructure Permitting  

                 DCRA 3rd Annual Green Building Symposium

The DC Department of Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) held the third Annual Green Building Symposium on September 26, 2014 at the Washington Convention Center.   Attendees participated in sessions that provided updates on the city’s Green Construction Code, Energy Conservation Code, Green Building Act, Solar Energy, and Benchmarking.  Specific sessions included the following:

Track 1: Residential/Homeowners

  • Greening Your Home 101
  • Green Financing for Your Home
  • ProjectDOX for Beginners

Track 2: Best Practices in Green Building

  • Integrative Design
  • Building Science: IAQ + Ventilation
  • Green Operations + Maintenance 

Track 3: Green Permitting + Inspections

  • Greening Permitting + Inspections
  • Streamlining Solar Permitting
  • Supercharging Solar Permitting 

Track 4: Tools + Research

  • New Tools for Energy Benchmarking
  • DC’s Green Building Fund Program
  • Green Infrastructure Permitting  

         South Cathedral Mansions Prepped for Modernization

South Cathedral Mansions at 2900 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. in D.C.’s Woodley Park neighborhood has been acquired by a newly formed multifamily joint venture led by Commonwealth Cooperative at a cost of $70 million.   Located at the corner of Cathedral and Connecticut Avenue, South Cathedral Mansions is a landmark 131-unit multifamily rental property in a complex of three apartment buildings, which was developed in 1922 by the team of Harry Wardman and Mihran Mesrobian and is included on both the National Register of Historic Places and the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites.  The Commonwealth Cooperative JV is comprised of Commonwealth Residential and CAS Reigler, with Oculus Realty providing property management services and Snead Construction providing contractor services, stakeholders with extensive experience in the city’s multifamily housing market and the renovation of boutique and historic apartment properties.

An extensive two-year renovation will begin this fall to incorporate modern systems and improvements while preserving the historic character of the building.  Working closely with the South Cathedral Mansions Tenant Association, Commonwealth Cooperative noted that “It took a collaborative approach with the tenants, via the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act, and committed to a historic renovation to seal the deal in which the partnership and the South Cathedral Mansions Tenant Association will redevelop the property.”

Modernizing the property will focus on adding all-new unit interiors, central HVAC, upgraded common areas, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a community space in the original carriage house.  Plans also include the creation of 29 new units by incorporating previously unused attic space and reconfiguring apartment layouts.  Seventeen (17) of the 29 new units will feature 20-to 30-foot ceiling heights.

Upon completion of these extensive renovations, South Cathedral Mansions will compete with Class A properties along Connecticut Avenue and in other sought-after neighborhoods of Washington,” said Kevin Riegler, principal of CAS Riegler. “We have an in-depth understanding of the way these buildings were built, how to preserve them and how to ensure that they last into future generations.” 

Sources:

Best Addresses: A Century of Washington’s Distinguished Apartment Houses, by James M. Goode, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1988

Historic Woodley Park apartment building to get major renovation, Washington Business Journal, By Jeff Clabaugh, June 23, 2014

JV Pays $70M for Historic South Cathedral Mansions Apartments, with Plans to Start Renovation This Fall, Multifamily Housing News, By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor, June 27, 2014

              Spot Homebuilding: Demolition-Design-Build

Local homebuilders are responding to the demand for modern homes in great neighborhoods in the DC metropolitan area, close to good schools and with proximity to retail and commercial corridors.  A number of there neighborhoods were developed in the 1920s or early 1930s as suburban communities. There are increasing signs of “re-imagining” resulting in the tear down or demolition of an older home to rebuild modern.  GTM Architects has been able to respond to homebuilders with designs that reflect the preferences of their clients and buyers who are interested in a Colonial style home designed for a contemporary lifestyle with “smart” and “energy efficiency” features.   The collaboration between GTM and Sandy Spring Builders (SSB) has been evidenced by Design-Build projects in Chevy Chase, DC and in Chevy Chase and Bethesda, Maryland. This demolition-design-build project is located on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Of Special Note: Sandy Spring Builders announces a new partnership with Savenia Labs, a research and information services company that provides energy and environmental efficiency home ratings and impact ratings on appliances and electrical products.

DC SEU Lighting Efficiency Demonstration

The DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU) used the 2015 Request for Qualification (RFQ) Informational Session of July 30, 2014 to demonstrate the efficiency of light bulbs, comparing CLF (compact fluorescent light) bulbs and LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs to the incandescent bulb. 

DC SEU has partnered with local retail partners to subsidize the cost for residents to purchase CLFs and LED bulbs. Shown above in the demonstration are the following bulbs:

Cree LED

  • Standard A-type
  • Soft White 3-way

Philips LED

  • Soft White
  • Slim Style

CLF

DC SEU notes that LED bulbs use 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs and CLF bulbs use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs.

 

(Source: Washington Post)