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Green Building Fund Grants

Monday, April 28, 2014

The District Department of the Environment in collaboration with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, has created a Green Building Fund Grant Program to support innovative projects to “green” the built environment in the District. Grant projects include those that concentrate on research, data analysis, training, or engagement that help the District lead the way in enacting innovative policies that drive toward greater social, environmental and economic sustainability for our city.

2014 Grants

  • Smart Buildings Plan
    The grant funded an assessment of the building data sources that are currently available in the District, and a feasibility study of a “big data” smart building platform, including recommendations on how to track and analyze the data needed, cost estimates for maintaining this information in a single platform, and a summary of the steps necessary to move from this assessment and feasibility study to construct and implement such a platform. The grantee, Greenspace NCR, worked with Interface Engineering, on this effort.
    • Smart Buildings Plan Summary Presentation (PDF attached below)
    • Smart Buildings Plan Technical Report (PDF attached below)
  • Greening the Multiple Listing Service (Continuing through 2015)
    This grant funded a project to increase the awareness of existing “green” elements of the DC metro area’s Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system, and to further develop additional resources in the system to focus on green building attributes.  In 2014, the grantee, the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) working with Elevate Energy and Real Estate Business Intelligence (RBI), produced the analysis available below. In 2015, the grant continues with a focus on continuing this analysis through a case study and training of the real estate brokerage community. High performance housing attributes were added to the MRIS database in June. The final recommendations and a 1-page summary of findings are also included below.
    • Green MLS Final Report (PDF attached below)
    • Green MLS 1-page Fact Sheet (PDF attached below)
    • Green MLS Summary Presentation (PDF attached below)
    • Green MLS Adoption Study (PDF attached below)
    • Green MLS Analytics (PDF attached below)
    • Utility/ Real Estate Disclosure Tool Feasibility Analysis (PDF attached below)
  • Green Appraisals (Continuing through 2015)
    This grant funded a project to increase awareness and implementation of green appraisals in the commercial real estate and finance communities in the District of Columbia. The grantee, the Institute for Market Transformation working with the Appraisal Institute of DC, created outreach materials and hosted meetings and training events with key stakeholders in order to improve competency and awareness of green appraisals. In 2015, this project will offer a four part training series for the appraisal industry on this topic.
    • Green Appraisals Summary Presentation
    • Green Building and Property Value (produced prior to the grant)
  • Smarter DC Challenge (Continuing through 2015) – Program launching Winter 2015!
    This grant funded a project to develop and manage a green office/business challenge and engagement program (the Smarter DC Challenge), that encourages businesses to incorporate green practices into their operations. The project is a continuation of a pilot program started by the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (“BID”) in 2013. The grantee,  GreenspaceNCR working with EcoCoach, developed a strategic plan for a green business challenge that promotes energy and water efficiency, innovative LID/stormwater practices, installation of green roofs, green purchasing, employee commuting programs, development of case studies, recognition programs, as well as other green initiatives. The project will continue in 2015.
    • Smarter DC Challenge Summary Presentation (tba)
    • Smarter DC Challenge Strategic Plan (PDF attached below)
    • DowntownDC BID Pilot Program (2013) (PDF attached below)
  • Energy Performance Data Quality Assurance – (Grant awarded in 2014, work will begin in January 2015)
    This grant is intended to help DDOE develop and implement a successful strategy for improving data quality for benchmarking data from privately-owned buildings. The grantee, New York University working with the Institute for Market Transformation, will propose a plan for verifying data quality, including an assessment of various options and why the proposed method was selected. They will develop and implement tools and a strategy for benchmarking data for publicly- and privately-owned buildings.

2013 Grants

  • Zero Energy/Water and Living Building Challenge Cost/Benefit Analysis
    The questions that often come up first when discussing zero energy/zero water and Living Building Challenge projects are: “what is the cost premium?” and “what might the payback be?”  This grant answered those questions in the specific context of the types of buildings, the costs, and the climate in the District. But the grant also helped provide guidance for the District government on policy drivers related to deep green buildings.
    • Net Zero and Living Building Challenge Financial Study: A Cost Comparison Report for Buildings in the District of Columbia (PDF attached below)
  • Assessing the Health Impacts of Urban Heat Island Reduction Strategies
    This grant was developed to estimate daily heat related mortality risks in the District due to the local urban heat island effect.  The analysis also determined that the number of days with extreme urban heat island effects historically associated with high mortality would decrease significantly if urban heat island reduction measures are put into place, and provided policy guidance for the District government.
    • Assessing the Health Impacts of Urban Heat Island Reduction Strategies in the District of Columbia (PDF attached below)
  • Green Building Manual
    The Green Program Manual developed a series of guidelines for the private sector to provide guidance and information relating to DCRA procedures, in order to assist the public in interpreting and complying with the relevant green building and energy conservation laws and regulations. To make the process easy to follow, the manual was laid out to match the typical timeline of a building project, including; 1) Design Phase; 2) Permitting Process; 3) Building Inspections; 4) Certificate of Occupancy; 5) Post-Occupancy; and 6) Enforcement. The Green Building Program Manual and other resources are available on DCRA’s website.