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DHCD and the DC Green Communities Initiative Offer Grant Funding to Nonprofit Developers for Integrated Design Charrettes

Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Apply For Funding Through RFP Released November 16, 2007

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the DC Green Communities Initiative, comprised of Enterprise Community Partners and GreenHOME, today announce the availability of grant funding toward the completion of integrated design charrettes to explore the most cost-effective ways to incorporate green building standards.  Up to $5,000 per project is available for non-profit organizations that are seeking to develop housing that is affordable to households with incomes 80% or less of area median income in the District and are intending to apply for funding through DHCD’s Request for Proposals (RFP), released November 16, 2007.

A revision in DHCD’s most recent Request for Proposals (RFP), released November 16, 2007, includes requirements for Green Building Design, including the provision that all residential projects requesting gap financing must conduct an integrated design charrette prior to submitting the application to DHCD.  To facilitate this transition to green building, DHCD has partnered with the D.C. Green Communities Initiative to offer up to $5,000 per project (not to exceed $10,000 per organization) in grant funds to conduct integrated design charrettes for non-profit sponsored affordable housing projects. The integrated design charrette is a collaborative planning process that includes all project stakeholders and determines the most cost-effective way to implement green building design standards.

“The Department, as shown by the changes to the RFP, is committed to supporting green building standards in affordable housing,” said Leila Finucane Edmonds, DHCD Director.  “We realize that the District’s non-profit affordable housing providers may need financial assistance with this transition, and we are pleased to partner with the D.C. Green Communities Initiative to provide this grant funding.”

Said David Bowers, Washington, DC Office Director, Enterprise Community Partners: “Green building design not only helps the environment, but can help lower utility costs and promote better indoor air quality.  It is important that these green standards are implemented in affordable housing projects, and the D.C. Green Communities Initiative will assist in whatever way possible as we work to make DC “greener.’”

The changes to the RFP were made to ensure compliance with the Green Building Act of 2006, which requires that, as of October 1, 2008, all projects of 10,000 square feet or greater that are publicly funded for 15% or more of the total project cost will have to meet established green building standards.  For residential buildings, projects must meet the standards established in the Green Communities Criteria.  An integrated design charrette is required under the Green Communities Criteria.

For more information on the Green Communities Criteria, please visit the Green Communites website. For instructions on how to apply for a Green Communities Charrette, please visit the Green Communities website.