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October 18th: LEED Green Associate Training for Affordable Housing Field

Want to build your team’s green building capacity? LISC Boston, Massachusetts Housing Partnership, USGBC MA Chapter,  and the Mel King Institute will host a daylong, no-cost LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Class on Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 8:30AM to 5:00PM at Castle Square Tenants Organization, 476 Tremont Street in Boston. Participation is free for affordable housing professionals (a $350 value per participant) but priority will be given to nonprofit and government partners. Coffee and lunch will be provided.

This is a fast-paced class for individuals working in Massachusetts’ affordable housing field who want to build upon their knowledge of the LEED rating system, green building operations, and green building construction. Upon completion of the class, participants will be well positioned to pass the LEED Green Associate exam and earn this well-respected LEED Green Associate credential.

We believe it is important to provide this training to the sector as the LEED Green Associate credentialing process provides a strong baseline knowledge of green building applicable regardless of whether a project pursues LEED certification. LISC offered this class at no cost four years ago; we look forward to again offering this popular class.

Please email completed form to Emily Jones at by October 15, 2018.

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Apply Now: Comprehensive Energy Audit Matching Grant Program

LISC Boston and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) are offering grants to fund 50% of the cost of comprehensive energy audits and kickoff design meetings for up to 60 multifamily affordable housing projects approaching rehab (or pursuing adaptive reuse) in Massachusetts. We are targeting projects in design development so audits can fully inform the scope of your project.

Selected owners can choose from seven building science firms (Bright Power, Building Evolution Corporation, Center for EcoTechnology, CLEAResult, New Ecology, Sparhawk Group, or Steven Winter Associates) to carry out a comprehensive energy audit and kickoff meeting, and receive a grant from LISC to fund 50% of the cost. Please contact LISC if your organization needs a predevelopment loan to advance your project. Participants will be eligible for free WegoWise benchmarking services.

Audits will start in November 2018. For more information: Contact Emily Jones at (617.410.4336) or Mike Davis at (617.410.4334).

For details see here.

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Green Retrofit Initiative

Our Green Retrofit Initiative helps affordable housing owners implement energy efficient and clean energy technology, transition to safer cleaning products and pest management techniques, and go smoke-free in their buildings. Since 2010, we have worked with over 50 owners statewide to track energy performance of at least 17,000 units through benchmarking, undergo energy retrofits in 5,000+ units, and leverage over $17 million.

Our approach has demonstrated that energy and water retrofits can consistently result in
20% energy savings.

Over the past several years, LISC has been actively involved in promoting policies that encourage both energy efficiency and clean energy in the affordable housing sector. As part of this work, LISC encouraged the utilities and housing finance agencies to create an Energy Efficiency Roadmap to help owners make informed decisions. We continue to help owners access Low-Income Energy Affordability Network Low Income Multi Family (LEAN LIMF program) energy efficiency funds, incorporate measures into their rehab scope of work that cannot be funded through the LEAN LIMF program, and highlight promising clean energy technologies for their properties.

Currently, we are collaborating with state housing finance agencies MassHousing and Massachusetts Housing Partnership to incorporate sustainability strategies across their portfolios (69,000+ units combined) and provide relevant trainings for the field, from LEED Green Associate courses to Passive House forums.

Passive House Forum

Thank you to the 250+ people who joined us. Please click here to access presentations and training resources!

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Case Studies

These nine case studies offer concrete examples of the challenges affordable housing owners face in retrofitting their properties, and how, with the support of the Green Retrofit Initiative, they were able to overcome them and realize significant savings.

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We've created these toolkits to help affordable housing developers, owners, and property managers make their buildings more healthy and energy-efficient, and save money in the process.

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Green Retrofit Initiative participants have consistently realized between 20 and 29% savings, as illustrated by our own analysis and an independent review of the data.

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