Green Points

Green Points

Since 2003, NJHMFA has championed energy efficiency and green building practices for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program projects in New Jersey. ENERGY STAR certification has been a continuing threshold requirement in the QAP, helping to create buildings that are 15 to 30% more efficient than those built to code.

Over time, Green Points have been added to the QAP, first for solar voltaic and the Agency’s own Green Future Program, then for national programs such as the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Enterprise Green Communities and the National Green Building Standard. By adding Energy Benchmarking to the QAP in 2013, we have been collecting valuable insight into how multifamily buildings perform and use energy over time.

Please refer to the comprehensive guide to Green Requirements for the QAP, as well as Energy Benchmarking material, below:

2019 QAP Green Requirements (1.5MB PDF)

This guide contains information on both the 4% and 9% tax credit programs, and includes blank Letters of Intent and links to state and national programs. Requirements for new construction, gut rehabs and moderate rehab projects are provided.

Energy Benchmarking Manual (348k PDF)

This document provides an overview of the NJHMFA benchmarking program, as well as provides links to the Energy Star website and training. Step-by-step procedures, sample release letters and benchmarking forms are provided.

Due to the current concerns related to COVID-19, the process of obtaining Tenant Utility Releases for the NJHMFA Green Point Benchmarketing Initative shall be suspended for the next 90 days until August 1, 2020

How to Get Utility Data into Portfolio Manager (266k PDF)

A step-by-step guide created by the EPA, showing the different ways to enter data into Portfolio Manager.

NJHMFA Guide to Obtaining Tenant Billing from Suppliers (206k PDF)

Our own one-page guide, with contact information for each of the state’s utility suppliers.