University of Affordability: Energy Efficiency Track

Updated: Jun 18, 2018

Cinnaire's University of Affordability - Lansing, MI - Sept. 20 & 21

Cinnaire has partnered with Community Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) and the MEEFA Network to provide a complete track of Energy Efficiency workshops at the upcoming University of Affordability in Lansing on September 20 and 21. This track will provide information on a range of energy efficiency topics, from funding to benchmarking to working with energy efficiency contractors. Register for and find out more about the University of Affordability here:

Here is a complete overview of the Energy Efficiency Track:

Green Building: The Basics Part 1 — led by GreenHome Institute - When it comes to building new homes, remodeling, additions or developing multifamily housing, it’s important to incorporate green strategies to stay competitive. These measures can save your clients money, improve resale value and give you more of a competitive edge in the market. We will cover the basics of the five pillars of Green Building: Energy, Health, Water, Materials and Place along with some tools to help you do it. Integrating sustainability into your practice, whether an individual, small business or major corporation is key to thriving in this market where the green building will be $200 billion industry by 2018.

Green Building: The Basics Part 2 — led by GreenHome Institute - Each green home certification comes with different requirements, opportunities, costs, 3rd party oversight requirements, tools and resources to guide you. Which is right for you and your clients or program goals? In this session, we will help you make sense of the different GreenHome certification labels by comparing and contrasting LEED for Homes, National Green Building Standard, Green Globes, Green Communities, Passive House, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, Energy Star for Homes and the Living Building Challenge. Funding, incentives, tax credits and other benefits will be compared as well.

Michigan Battle of the Buildings & 2030 Districts — Led by USGBC West Michigan — During this session you will learn about the only biggest loser styled energy competition in the county. The Michigan Battle of the Buildings includes more than 450 buildings representing over 64 Million ft2 of real estate all battling it out to see who can reduce energy and water waste in their building by the greatest percentage. Next you will hear about 2030 Districts. Two Michigan cities (Grand Rapids & Detroit) have committed to reducing CO2 emissions from energy, water and transportation by 50% by 2030. Learn & discuss our strategies to accomplish these lofty goals during this session.

Save Green ($$) by Going Green — Led by Lean & Green MI — Since 2012, 20 counties representing 62% of Michigan’s population have joined the Lean & Green Michigan property assessed clean energy (PACE) program. Now, property owners can finance any combination of energy efficiency, water efficiency and renewable energy improvements over 20 years at a fixed interest rate. The upshot? You can undertake major projects to cut 20%, 30% or even 40% out of your energy spend, finance the whole thing out of energy savings, and still have positive cash flow left over. Find out how your facility can upgrade boilers, chillers, indoor and outdoor lighting, or even go solar, all in a way that cuts your operating costs.

Solar for Multifamily Housing: The Opportunity is Now — Solar is becoming a better investment for owners, developers, and tenants of multifamily properties. The price to buy solar panels has dropped significantly, and PV panels are more efficient than just a few years ago. While the scale of solar on multifamily seems challenging, added with energy efficiency measures, ROI can be achieved quickly and IRRs can be as high as 10%. With the introduction of community solar, benefits can be passed directly to tenants as well. Even in a state without significant solar incentives, we’ll examine how going solar along with energy efficiency offsets rising energy costs, stabilizes operating budgets, and increases cash flow. In this session you’ll: learn how Hollander Development used LIHTC and Business Investment Tax Credits to make solar cost less than zero dollars; learn how to incorporate solar into the decision-making process, the role of energy efficiency, and tax credits to improve your bottom line; learn how DOE and HUD are bringing multifamily leaders together to share solar best practices; and learn how community solar in Michigan is bringing the benefits of solar to tenants and owners alike.

Financing for All: Exploring Affordable Multifamily Financing — Multifamily developers have an increasing range of financing options to choose from when it comes to selecting the right package of energy efficiency or renewable upgrades for their properties. To explore some of these options Michigan Energy Efficiency for All is proud to present a panel of financing experts hailing from all sides of a successful transaction and retrofit. Whether developers or owners are looking at financing for new construction or interested in retrofitting one of their existing properties, this session will prove informative and engaging. Join a panel of experts who will discuss different energy efficiency financing options.

Green Blueprints: Case Studies on Energy Efficiency in Affordable Multifamily Housing — This session will review real examples of the “how and why” nonprofit and for-profit private building owners and developers are embracing energy efficiency as a way to save money on utility expenses, reduce operating costs, and improve the health of tenants in their facilities. The session will cover some of the strategies that can be utilized during the design, financing, and implementation of energy efficiency projects – and some of the issues to be aware of along the way. The session will be framed by an introduction on the work being conducted by the Michigan Energy Efficiency for All (MEEFA) network: a statewide network dedicated to linking the energy and housing sectors together to improve and expand equitable access to resources for the multifamily affordable housing sector and its residents. Presenters will represent both nonprofit housing authorities and private building owners/developers and reflect on the lessons learned in implementing energy efficiency projects.

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