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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 (70,000+ units combined) and provide relevant trainings for the field, from LEED Green Associate courses to Passive House forums.

Accepting Applications: Resilient Affordable Housing Grants

LISC Boston is releasing a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for Resilient Affordable Housing Grants under the Section 4 Capacity Building Program. The purpose of this program is to enhance the technical and administrative capacity of community development corporations (“CDCs”) and community housing development organizations (“CHDOs”) that own affordable housing to prepare for and mitigate the impact of extreme weather events, sea level rise, and other impacts of climate change.

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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. Participants will also be eligible for free WegoWise benchmarking services.

We are targeting projects in design development so audits can fully inform the scope of your project.

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Innovative Financing Strategies Forum

Thank you to the 100+ community members who joined us for a conversation on innovative financing strategies for high-performance affordable housing. You can find all speaker presentations here.

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Resilience in Affordable Housing Forum

Thank you to the 200+ community members who joined us for a conversation on climate and social resilience in Massachusetts' affordable housing portfolio. You can find all speaker presentations here.

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Passive House Forum

Thank you to the 250+ people who joined us. You can find all speaker presentations and related training resources here.

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Toolkits + Resources

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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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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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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Emily Jones